this blog is about keeping sane in what seems at times to be a very insane world. i am thinking of this as a twofold exercise. first, by reflecting on my on-going quest for clarity and understanding. second, by reflecting on what's going on in our world with an eye to the larger picture. i believe in order to be sane in a crazy world, one needs to be able and willing to critically reflect on one's life; and to be able and willing to reflect on the world from a perspective beyond the limits of one's station in life.
my journey has taught me that sanity is found in living in relationship. insanity is most easily achieved by just the opposite, living in self-centeredness, where "i" becomes the great "i am". living in relationship keeps me aware of the fact that i am not alone; i don't carry the world on my shoulders; i don't always have to be right; and i don't have to live in fear.
one may ask, "well don't we always live in relation to everything else"? and yes by the nature of things we do live in relation to everything else that exists, in particular our family and society. but i am talking about more then existing in relation to other things, i am talking about intentional relationship - which requires active engagement, mutuality in giving and receiving, openness to the uniqueness of the other, and the ability to bend. and i am talking about intentional relationship as expansive, growing, and alive. not just with our family and friends and our society, but with the whole of creation, and above all else with God.
so this is the beginning, of what i hope will be a fruitful enterprise for myself and all those who accompany me on this blog journey. may the Peace that surpasses all understanding be our guide in the days to come.