100 Labor for heaven here and now

Heaven in progress Come walk with me through the outskirts of heaven, a metaphorical staging area. We can stroll through the prototype together. Rearward view First, let us reflect how I got here. Before my earliest days of marriage and fatherhood, I had dropped out of a free clinical trial after ten sessions with the psychiatrist at student health. The rest of my psychoanalysis has been autodidactic. That means I had to figure it out for myself. Occasionally, after tuning a piano for a social worker, I would bounce around some ideas. I had long before figured out that the …

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95 The peaceable dignity of understanding

Whining dog baseball A puppy down the street was whining miserably. I told my friend it was sending us baseball signals. “Those are the sounds you make when playing Left Out.” Can I communicate from Right Center Field? Can addressing a stranger in public be the Left Out signal instead of a pickup line? Does a pickup line come from a generous, or an ulterior, motive? On the subway a stranger who speaks to me is usually trying to share a religious thought. Human communication makes the person feel better. It usually has the same effect on me. Mumbling strangers …

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48 Go after the king

My father taught me about life by teaching me chess. Although I achieved no proficiency, the lessons enriched my understanding. I remember them thoughtfully and fondly. Dad was able to lure me into capturing one of his chess pieces at the expense of my position. I captured his lower “value” piece by moving my more powerful piece out of the place where it was needed for defense. Sometimes it was the other way around. I would lose a lower, to capture his higher, value piece. Early on, that looked like an exchange in my favor. After some time, I learned …

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34 I will get them

“Protect me from the things I want,for I will get them!” My father taught me this saying early in life. It now fits into our study of attitude. We have learned to divert attention away from confrontation and away from gloom. We have invoked positive attitude because it directs where we are going. Now we observe that goals are most likely reached when supported by healthy expectations like the one above, which is a positive attitude that translates into achievement. Proverbs asserts “as a man thinketh, so is he.” Mary Morrissey teaches that everything is created twice: first in the …

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