Grit by Angela Duckworth

Grit by Angela Duckworth

When I think of grit, I think of the ability to keep pursuing under pressure when most people would have long since given up. Grit is a relentless pursuit to the end and is a hallmark of those who see great success. And while this is true, from what I gained from Angela Duckworth’s Grit, there is a reason why. Often one needs to explore in order to prioritize. Or to put it into the words of Gary Keller/City Slickers,…

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Radnor in the Spring

Radnor in the Spring

It’s said that April showers bring May flowers. I am sure there are flowers presently blooming somewhere in Radnor, but the only ones I saw were on trees. It had recently rained and it was relatively tranquil and crowd-free, both because it was a weekday and not picture-perfect weather. All in all, it was a fairly average gray Spring day. There are a number of people here in the Nashville area who are wild about Radnor Lake State Park. I…

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Devotion 13: Compassion

Devotion 13: Compassion

This may sound ridiculous to some, and when I began memorizing scriptures in earnest one of the first verses of the Bible I memorized was not the ever famous John 3:16. I memorized Colossians 3:12: “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (NIV) When I looked at this verse before the Lenten season, I almost felt I could write a treatise on it, and decided to focus on this…

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An Interview with William Pullen on Dynamic Running Therapy

An Interview with William Pullen on Dynamic Running Therapy

Those that know me, know I like to walk and occasionally run. While browsing through Twitter,  I ran across Dynamic Running Therapy. When I had a chance to connect with its founder, William Pullen, I was intrigued. Mr. Pullen was kind enough to grant me an email interview regarding Dynamic Running Therapy and how it works. JJ: What exactly is Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT)? WP: DRT is an approach to psychotherapy that combines walking/running with regular talk therapy and mindfulness. JJ:…

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Anxiety in IKEA

Anxiety in IKEA

I had travelled down to Memphis for some work and had noticed an IKEA at the side of the interstate. When I had lived in Renton, WA, I had grown used to having an IKEA to visit. Not needing any new ‘stuff’ perhaps it was because of nostalgia I made it a point to swing by. For many, there are different things that fascinate them about the store. For some, it is the simplistic Scandinavian design. Others may be amazed…

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Devotion 12 Colossians 3:12 Clothe Yourselves

Devotion 12 Colossians 3:12 Clothe Yourselves

“Therefore as God’s chosen people holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 (NIV) Often times it is easy to just assume that the work of being a Christian is done with just believing. The problem is that the person who said, “Just believe!” was one of the most active. There is a danger in assuming that words from one person mean the same thing as when said by another. Paul, the author,…

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Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

I still remember how one of my first interviews was with renowned Bonsai instructor Michael Hagedorn had said that he had cut things from his life. In Essentialism, Greg McKeown demonstrates how through subtracting the things that we focus on in our lives into a few essential things, it is altogether possible to achieve amazing results. Of course, the problem lies in the fact few are willing to commit to only a very few things. Of course, the power in…

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The Succor of Silence

The Succor of Silence

We live in a media age of constant audio-visual bombardment. The average person in the Western world has an attention span less than a goldfish. Good luck in getting someone to pay attention. Chances are they may be bankrupt in that area of their lives. Is it any wonder that we view the embrace of silence so strangely? I remember growing up and going to camp where we were to be silent for a whole day. Many protested over this arrangement. Strangely or…

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Devotion 11 Colossians 3:12 Holy

Devotion 11 Colossians 3:12 Holy

“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12 Holy. It refers to people or objects that are set apart dedicated to a particular purpose or use. This separation is usually in dedication to God. People that are separated. It is funny how there are people that truly stand out, that it is obvious that they are different. They tend to be rare. And when I am around them, I…

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Fire

Fire

Life to a large degree depends on perspective and one’s attitude. The same events that happen in one person’s life can be perceived as a drag or exciting. Working out and have someone scream “Everybody out, there is a fire!” while they wave their arms frantically seemed surreal to me. “Everybody out! Everybody out!” How was this happening? This was a building that I was in. What were the chances? Was it some weird sort of fire drill for insurance purposes?…

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Forts in Our Lives

Forts in Our Lives

The other day I was walking around and finally paid homage to one of Nashville’s older landmarks, Fort Negley. Fort Negley was constructed as a defense for what was the northernmost capital city of the South, Nashville. Funnily enough, it was one of the largest three-dimensional fortifications at the time. A fair amount of stonework was necessary to make its three-tiered defense. It required approximately 1,000 men to appropriately defend the structure and included series of tunnels through which rifles…

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Devotion 10: Colossians 3:12 Chosen

Devotion 10: Colossians 3:12 Chosen

“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 NIV Last week in the prequel we covered how there was no ethnic group who was greater than another. Now in Verse 12 we encounter that there are a chosen people for God. Chosen. Not just chosen, they are chosen by God. Imagine how you may have felt when you were chosen for a particular task or to be in…

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Musings on Originals

Musings on Originals

Creativity can seem like a game that is really only meant for people who are willing to go out on a limb and risk it all. Many people who I know are afraid of taking the risk of being an entrepreneur for fear of failing. Ironically as shown by Adam Grant in Originals, those that may be the most conservative may have the best chances for success in making an original idea successful. In the course of the book, Grant…

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Shower Confession

Shower Confession

As I understand it, from the time I was a baby, I have drawn comfort from showers. Whether it is the noise from the shower, or the way it changes the humidity, the feel of the air, I do not know. I am hooked on the feel of water and water vapor on my body. It may even serve to explain why I enjoy the drizzle of the Cascades and the Olympics. People who have lived with me have often remarked…

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Devotion 9, Colossians 3:12 Prequel

Devotion 9, Colossians 3:12 Prequel

“Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and in all. Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:11-12, NIV Perhaps one of the more useful lessons that I had in seminary was that when you see a therefore, you need to see why it is there for. In other words, everything matters in context. If one…

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