Difficulties and suffering are part of life as we all know. I think they are what I consider to be the great equalizer in the human experience, relationships and in humanity on the whole. How we navigate our personal journey is of great interest to me, and it has influenced my writing and exploration over the years. It is through my own challenges that I have had the opportunity to explore and find meaning in my own struggles, and becoming a Chaplain has allowed me to assist others in exploring theirs.
As a lifelong lover of poetry, art and conversation, I have become acutely aware of my personal need for this sort of expression and dialogue. Writing has been one way in which I’ve navigated through my experiences. Not only does it serve to stimulate my thoughts, and keep me excited about navigating life’s challenges, but it allows room to arrive at a deeper understanding of the struggles we face. My own life has been a series of successes and failures, like many of us, and has brought me to a place of acceptance. I feel a profound obligation to share with and serve others.
Having raised 5 children, today young adults, along with my wife of 30 years is what has kept me grounded and inspired my exploration toward deeper understandings, especially during difficult times when my feet didn’t quite stay planted on the ground. The lessons I have learned and continue to learn have value to me because I have learned how to be a better listener, a little more empathic, and less judgmental. Each and everyday these new lessons are challenged within me. I try and be better today than I was yesterday.
Throughout the years, I have worked with groups and individuals with developmental challenges and people suffering with mental illness and their loved ones. One of my goals has been to fight the stigma that accompanies these challenges. I also work with individuals that have been marginalized due to mistakes they have made and the situations they find themselves in such as our current prison system.
Finally, I hope that you will find some connection and comradeship with Crooked Timber Blog, and I urge you to comment on any articles or posts of interest to you. My goal is to be an advocate for those whose voices have been drowned out. I hope for a world where everyone’s voice is heard and that we can disagree, but do so thoughtfully and respectfully. I’d like Crooked Timber Blog to be a forum to support such expression, and a safe place to share your thoughts and opinions.