I recently returned to my rural childhood home, where I hadn’t been for decades. I found I still had vivid memories of past events, even though buildings had decayed and schools were closed. I had a chance to catch up with those I hadn’t seen since I was a teenager: What were they doing with their lives? Were they fulfilling their dreams and achieving the purposes they had outlined years ago? How did they see themselves?
How should you react when you feel you have been wronged? The better way is to turn the other cheek according to noted personalities like Maya Angelou, who walked the talk of forgiving under trying circumstances.
A desire for self-knowledge can bring with it what I call the dark attic effect. Venture up there and turn on the light and who knows what you’ll encounter. Imagine all the dust and nests and hidden creatures lurking in the darkness. Reason enough to avoid climbing into the attic in the first place, right?
But then nothing changes. The darkness, and what thrives in it, remains.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Those funny ears? Plentiful wrinkles? Your physical features? Perhaps your attention is drawn to something less evident but more significant—the glint in your eyes, your expression and demeanor, unique soulful qualities.
I ask because the way you see yourself has a bearing on your health.
If the old saying is true that aging is not for the faint of heart, then Ambler must have a strong vibrant community core. Rather than crumbling with age, this town is ever being re-invented with fresh new ideas based on an old theme. Buildings have been re-built inside and out while preserving their original charm. New businesses have taken up residence. Some are growing roots.
Do our genes control our destinies? The new science of epigenetics is challenging that theory.
“It’s all in the genes” is a comment we hear often. Whether it is about our health problems, weight issues or temperament, we have been educated to believe we are programmed a certain way even before birth, and that there is not much we can do but grin and bear it.
Let’s try some word association. If I say messaging you might come back with instant, or texting, or SMS, or WhatsApp. In the not-too-distant past you might have said pencil-and-paper. If we went way back, to April 1860, when the Pony Express was new and considered the fastest letter delivery service ever, we likely would have heard that name mentioned with a bit of excitement. 1,800 miles in a breathtaking 10 days!
There I was having dinner with my husband, his boss and the boss’s wife. I wanted to make a good impression and was fine until I saw out of the corner of my eye – a cat. I thought, “Oh, no. Please don’t come near me.” I was at that time so afraid of being near a cat. All of my friends and family knew I was allergic to them and made sure that when I came to visit, any cat was securely locked away. But the boss and his wife did not know that.
“Every moment of life … is more or less of a turning-point. Opportunities are swarming around us all the time, thicker than gnats at sundown.”1. So wrote nineteenth century American educator and clergyman Henry Van Dyke.
How to know which way to turn? And, are we really free to choose any opportunity?