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Food for Thought-The Therapeutic Architecture of My Office — July 29, 2015

Food for Thought-The Therapeutic Architecture of My Office

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Come and take a seat,
In the place,
Well prepared,
By the window,
Near the tree,
This is here,
For you,
and your spouse to be,
To see each other,
While I look beneath,
The tiny fissures,
Between the smiles,
Where you’d rather,
Not be bothered,
About things,
Not printed, placed,
Or even sold,
Instead,
We shall speak of love,
And emotions old,
And confront,
Questions lingering,
round the northwest corner,
Of your soul,
Why are we here?
Why do we love?

In these moments,
Fleeting and mere,
Ask them now,
For the demands of life,
Stalk us in ways,
We know not how.

–Richard Bryant

Food for Thought-The Words Between Words — July 24, 2015
Food for Thought-The Unseen Snow — July 23, 2015
Food for Thought-Go Set a Haiku for Atticus Finch’s Demise — July 13, 2015
Food for Thought-A Remembrance of Things Proust — June 24, 2015
Food for Thought-Dying Was Possibly Part of the Deal — June 20, 2015

Food for Thought-Dying Was Possibly Part of the Deal

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Dying was possibly,
Part of the deal,
When I signed up,
To follow Jesus,
Not for meetings,
To hear people squeal,
At mediocre praise choruses,
And marvel at sound bites poorly delivered,
but to die,
if need be,
part of following Jesus,
is being called to die,
that’s one the big reasons,
we knew it when,
we knew it then,
martyrdom was what he asked,
to bear a cross,
and die with him,
it’s become too easy,
to live this,
Americanized sin,
21st century Christianity,
Sanitized worship,
A deodorized Jesus,
No different from Santa Claus,
Where no one remembers,
Or gives a moments pause,
At what he said,
Or what he taught,
How he lived,
From the day he commenced,
Forgive and you will die,
The kingdom of heaven,
Making no earthly sense.

–Richard Bryant

Food for Thought-We Lost The War — June 19, 2015
Food for Thought-Conversations with Inanimate Objects (A Haiku) —
Food for Thought-Deer Hunting with Jesus (A Haiku) — June 15, 2015
Food for Thought-Leadership Lessons from “Where The Sidewalk Ends” —

Food for Thought-Leadership Lessons from “Where The Sidewalk Ends”

1.  When someone you love, value, and need is missing from your life; your day is never quite the same.  You miss them.  You feel their absence from the most ordinary tasks and activities.  When they return, make sure they know how much you missed them. IMG_3596 2.  Everyone in a family, team, or organization has an important role to play.  Help others find their place and make them feel valued in their work. IMG_3597 3.  We are all searching for purpose in life.  What’s important is that we are still asking the question!  We haven’t lost sight of the need to have meaning and direction in our lives, especially when we feel like we’re not living up to our fullest potential.  We need to keep asking the question. IMG_3598 4.  Leaders need to lead by example.  If we’re not exemplifying the lives we want to others to follow, why would anyone want to join in IMG_3599 5.  The future doesn’t occur in the well planned, manicured spaces of our lives.  It happens where the sidewalk ends. IMG_3603

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