arts & creativity, mental health & wellness

the necessity of Sadness

Like many movie-goers, I recently spent 94 minutes of my Fourth of July weekend watching Inside Out, the story of 11-year-old Riley's move from small-town Minnesota to San Francisco -- as told by her emotions. The narrator and primary protagonist is Joy, who introduces viewers to Disgust, Fear, Anger, and my favorite -- Sadness. In… Continue reading the necessity of Sadness

community, emerging adulthood, mental health & wellness

7 Ways to Be A Good Mentor

Apparently January is National Mentoring Month!  And I love that. I love pausing to acknowledge that I wouldn't be at all who I am today personally or professionally without my mentors. I love that they've offered far more nuggets of wisdom, cups of coffee, listening ears, and respect than I deserve. And I love paying attention… Continue reading 7 Ways to Be A Good Mentor

emerging adulthood, spiritual

Making Tough Decisions (a.k.a. How A Raisin Box Changed My Life)

Parker Palmer famously wrote in Let Your Life Speak that “Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” I might also add that I must listen to my raisin box telling me what to do. Sound strange? I'll explain in a minute.… Continue reading Making Tough Decisions (a.k.a. How A Raisin Box Changed My Life)

mental health & wellness

How to Hear Sad Stories: With Mental Health First Aid

Well, I took my own blog's advice recently and shared a sad story with someone (not with humor, alas, but perhaps with some holiness). Gratefully, the person listened well, joining the handful of other effective listeners I've experienced and observed. So, now, I'm turning to the topic: How should we hear sad stories? Mental Health… Continue reading How to Hear Sad Stories: With Mental Health First Aid

mental health & wellness, ministry, spiritual

How to Tell Sad Stories: With Holiness

How can we tell sad stories? Whether in conversation, in therapy, in writing, or otherwise, this can be a terrifying task. I think the characteristics of Christ described in Hebrews 12 have something to say about this. Here, the apostle Paul advises "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that… Continue reading How to Tell Sad Stories: With Holiness