Faith & Inspiraton | The BridgeMaker - Part 10

??????????????? Believing in the Goodness of Love

by Alex Blackwell on

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. – Rumi

Death came to my part of the world this week.

I live in Overland Park, Kansas where a hate crime took the lives of three people and changed my part of the world forever.…

the-guest-house-by-rumi The Guest House

by Alex Blackwell on

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. – Rumi

In the poem, The Guest House, Rumi uses the metaphor of a house guest to create an image that each day we have the opportunity to welcome something new into our lives, even if it is unexpected.…

songs of your life The Songs of Your Life

by Alex Blackwell on

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. – Pablo Casals

Music has been a big part of my life. Even though I can’t sing a lick or play an instrument, nothing motivates me, or comforts me, like a song.…

headfirst into fear Dive Headfirst into Fear

by Emmy Clews on

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. – Dorothy Thompson

Fear does not keep you “playing small.” Refusing to deal with fear (and wanting to kill it off in some way) keeps you “playing small.”

Refusing to see the fear is part of a growth experience (trying to live without fear) keeps you “playing small.” Hating your fear, compartmentalising it as if it’s not part of you can also keep you “playing small.”

I read these wise words from Kate Swoboda on a day where fear showed up for me in the simplest of ways.…

facing your fears 15 Simple Tips for Facing Your Fears

by Alex Blackwell on

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The past two weeks have been tough.

With the benefit of hindsight, Mary Beth and I can trace the beginning of this difficult period back to 1995 when my wife injured her back while lifting a photocopier.…

promise or pay Promise or Pay to Change the World

by Jay Boolkin on

Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them. – John Green

Do you keep promises? Can you even remember the last promise you made?

Growing up most of us (usually after forgetting to pick up our clothes off the bathroom floor or do our homework) had an adult bend down, look us directly in the eyes and say with earnest, “You know, you should never break a promise.”

When Life Happens

Whether or not we make “promises”, we can’t avoid making commitments all the time.…

sibling grief Grieving the Death of a Sibling

by Alex Blackwell on

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Some days it seems like the light has burned out. Anxiety fills the spaces where the light used to shine before Eric died. I wait patiently for a tiny spark – a glimpse of my old self.…

WineSunset Will I?

by Alex Blackwell on

If you don’t take the chance to live life, what can you say at the end of it? – Naveen Andrews

Before the final curtain falls will I taste the wine in Rome and walk the beaches on the Gold Coast?…

taking a selfie with a friend Love Your Selfie

by Alex Blackwell on

What I am is how I came out. No one’s perfect and you just have to accept your flaws and learn to love yourself. – Kelly Brook

I’m a creature of habit. My morning routine is no exception: Let the dogs out -Pour a cup of coffee -Grab my laptop -Turn on the Today show -Check email.…