In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity, – Albert Einstein
We don’t have to look far to find inspiration and the desire to cultivate and sustain our faith can be jump-started when we turn to others to help. In order to keep moving forward in life, we must keep growing – and keep changing.
During the times in my life when I’m feeling down or discouraged, I often turn to others for strength. Hearing that someone else is either going through what I’m experiencing, or has moved past the pain and discomfort I’m struggling with, is a valuable resource.
Sharing is what Stories of Change, Faith and Inspiration is all about. The following articles remind us we are not alone. There are many who have gone before us. There is incredible value in reading their stories and gathering a few nuggets of their wisdom.
The writers featured in this edition are true BridgeMakers. They have each taken the time to reach across to a place where they once stood to help us get to the other side, too.
- People-Pleasing: The Price Of Being Too Nice And What To Do About It
“Be good, be nice, be cool, share and care, don’t be selfish, be reasonable, don’t hurt others, help friends….”
Most of us have these values engraved within us, from childhood. The fact is, being nice is a good thing, and we can only wish that more people were nice(er)! More
- A Million Good Things
by Good Thing
On January 1st, 2009 at 12:00 am EST, I will begin broadcasting 1,000,000 good things.
One new good thing will be posted every half an hour until January 15th, 2066. I am 28 years old now. I will be a month short of 86 years old then, assuming I live that long. More
- Thoughts On Conscious Suffering
by Chris Edgar
The most effective inner work I’ve done on myself has been in the form of what’s often called “conscious suffering.” This term comes from early twentieth-century mystic G.I. Gurdjieff, who “distinguished between unconscious suffering, which is without value, and conscious suffering, sometimes termed ‘voluntary’ or ‘deliberate’ suffering, through which we can self-perfect.” More
- In the Presence of a Cold Rain
There was cold rain coming down all around the man as he walked briskly down the street. He had only a few blocks more to walk.
It wasn’t a heavy rain, but in the darkness of the night the sound of the rain came to his ears in better ways than the sight of it came to his eyes. More
- Why Life is Always Fair
by Becca Glouzstein
If you have more than one child then you will be intimate with the established and irrefutable hypothesis that ‘It’s not fair’, whenever one child gets something that the other has not.
My mother’s answer to this outrage was always “life isn’t fair!,” which kind of ended that conversation. More
- Face Your Frightening Questions
by Richard Johnson
A person is more likely to get unhealthily attached to really positive answers and can even be taken prisoner by them as their minds refuse to let in the other possibilities for fear that they will hurt them.
It’s better to be really comfortable with the accuracy of a neutral answer than it is to cling to a positive one knowing it might just be too good to be true. Looking back, I’ve faced a lot of frightening questions, but it took me a long time to face many of them. More
- Forget Running: I Think We Should Consider Building an Ark
I didn’t sleep very well last night. It sounded like someone had turned a hose – a fire hose – on the hostel room window. I kept having, “Look! It’s the sun!” dreams to counteract it, but every time I woke up, the torrential rains seemed worse. It was practically Biblical in proportion. If it starts raining locusts or blood tomorrow, I won’t be terribly surprised. More
- At the end? Write Yourself a New Beginning
by Donna Freedman
What I’ve learned from the past few years is this: No matter how things change, I have the ability, and the responsibility, to change right along with them.
In the past I was well-fed, gainfully employed and still miserable. In the past few years, I’ve found that rice and beans, freelance writing and a library book can make me happy.
Maybe I had to go through the tough times to make me appreciate the good times. Maybe we all do. More