Category Archives: Inspiration

Village Elder Chooses Wisely – Will You?

A bird in the handHigh in the Himalayan mountains lived a wise old man. Periodically, he ventured down into the local village to entertain the villagers with his special knowledge and talents. One of his skills was to psychically tell the villagers the contents in their pockets, boxes, or minds.

A few young boys from the village decided to play a joke on the wise old man and discredit his special abilities.

One boy came up with the idea to capture a bird and hide it in his hands. He knew of course, the wise old man would know the object in his hands was a bird.

The boy devised a plan.

Knowing the wise old man would correctly state the object in his hands was a bird, the boy would ask the old man if the bird was dead or alive. If the wise man said the bird was alive, the boy would crush the bird in his hands, so that when he opened his hands the bird would be dead.

But, If the wise man said the bird was dead, the boy would open his hands and let the bird fly free. So no matter what the old man said, the boy would prove the old man a fraud.

The following week, the wise old man came down from the mountain into the village. The boy quickly caught a bird and cupping it out of sight in his hands, walked up to the wise old man and asked, “Old man, old man, what is it that I have in my hands?”

The wise old man said, “You have a bird, my son.” And he was right.

The boy then asked, “Old man, old man, tell me: Is the bird alive or is it dead?”

The wise old man looked at the boy, thought for a moment and said, “The bird is as you choose it to be.”

Hat Tip to Michael Hyatt.

Photo Credit: Dave S

Now, That’s a Good Question

Now, That's a Good Question - Book CoverWhen it comes to religion, theology, and the great questions of life is there really such a thing as an “easy read?” Some time ago my brother lent me the book Now, That’s a Good Question! by R.C Spoul, a theologian, pastor and teacher. For a book that tackles more than 300 questions about life and faith in Christ, it is a fairly easy read.

In most cases the answer to a question may require only a page or two so it is a very convenient book to pick up from time to time and flip through or read from start to finish. The answers typically provide just enough depth to educate and enlighten without turning into a dissertation and in a culture that breeds short attention spans that is valuable indeed.

A Sampling of Questions

  • Throughout the Bible we are told to fear God. What does that mean?
  • What is a miracle and do you think God still performs them today?
  • Why does God allow random shootings, fatal accidents, and other horrible things to occur?
  • Did Jesus ever laugh?
  • How do you know the Bible is true?
  • How can we know that the Bible is the true Word of God after so many interpretations?
  • In Isaiah 45:7 God says, “I form light and create darkness. I make peace and create evil.” Why did he create Lucifer?
  • Has Satan been given dominion over the earth until Jesus returns?
  • Does the Bible tell us what Heaven will be like?
  • Will we recognize each other in Heaven?

Although not specifically geared toward mental health, I can’t help but think it would strengthen someone’s spiritual life which in turn can bring its own serenity.

Do you have a favorite spiritual read that lifts your spirits and/or reassures you?

Kids digging in the dirt

Digging into the Past

Last night I was clearing out more than 8 years of old emails.  It was an  great way to thin out the clutter of life and reconnect with things long forgotten, much like sifting through an old foot looker or a shoebox full of mementos.  Some of the memories were very good and others, I could live without; however, as the quote below suggests they are part of me regardless.

“What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now.” – Author unknown

Kids digging in the dirt

Here is what I found lurking in the emails:

  • Beautiful Young Lady – Emails from a former classmate whom I had a secret crush on back in law school.  Maybe I’ll drop her a line and see if she is still around.
  • Darker Days – Notes I compiled for a doctor during an extended illness.  It was a reminder of how ill I was and how far I’ve come.
  • My Dad’s Eyesight – I found one of the original emails I sent to an eye specialist at University of Kentucky.  After pitching my dad’s case to the researcher he agreed to check out my dad and discovered a misdiagnosis.  He eventually saved dad’s eyesight while prolonging his working life.
  • The Rowing Foundation – I found dozens of emails related to a team I led while studying at the Mandel School for Nonprofit Management.   We examined and interviewed a dozen members of a Cleveland area rowing group that was having some growing pains.  The extended study led to a new name, new governing regulations that I helped shape and a bright new future.  Learn more at:
  • Photos – Some great photos of myself – a rare thing – that I’ll likely post to this site one day.