What is Grace Anyway?

I once had a friend explain to me his “biblical” definition of grace as: receiving something good that we don’t really deserve. My response was something like, “hmm…,” then I kept quiet. Honestly, I didn’t like his definition. I didn’t like to think of “deserving,” doing things or being a certain way in order to…

Yes, Talk to Strangers

If I’m traveling with friends or family, I rarely take the time to get to know anyone new, but one of the things I like most about solo travel is the people I meet along the way. If I’m on my own, I know that I never have to “feel” alone. Meeting and talking to…

Accept the Present Moment

Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Accept – and then act. Always work with it, not against it. Make the present your ally, not your opponent. This will miraculously transform your whole life. – Eckhart Tolle We toss around ideas, like “acceptance,” but what do we really mean? Tolle’s…

How to Find Meaning in Your Life

Have you ever asked yourself –  What does all of this mean? I have, usually accompanied by a toss of my arms in the air – not the celebratory “put your hands up,” but the “I’m totally lost and frustrated kind.” Knowing you’re on the right track, doing the right thing for YOU can be…