They are who they are

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They are Who They Are I’ve written before about how we don’t have to like people to love them. But (at least for me) this can be an easy trap to fall into. It is nobody’s job to make sure Jonathan Manske is happy or to make sure things are done the way Jonathan likes […]

Laughing at Ourselves

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Laughing at Ourselves A good measure of self-kindness is our ability to laugh at ourselves. Self-judgment will have us beat up on ourselves. Yesterday I locked myself out which required Kendrick to drive across town and bring another key. Although I did not enjoy inconveniencing him, I did not beat up on myself. (Years ago, […]

Divisiveness and Unity

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Divisiveness and Unity Yesterday I sat in on part of the Talakag municipal council meeting. They were discussing a boundary dispute with the neighboring municipality, Kalilangan. However, they were speaking Cebuano, so I had no idea what they were saying. But I could observe. One woman presented some information. She seemed friendly, at ease, and […]

Different does not equal bad

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Different Does not Equal Bad A little time in the Tokyo airport and the airport transit hotel – and I saw that they do a lot of things differently than we do in Colorado. This made me think about how many of us are conditioned to think that different is bad. Different is not bad. […]

Judging vs judgmental

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Judging vs Judgmental We can judge without being judgmental. Judging is forming an opinion or coming to a conclusion about someone or something. Judgmental tends to mean having an excessively critical point of view. For example – I can judge that I wouldn’t do business with a person based on what I’ve observed. I become […]

Free Solo – “Thank God that’s over”

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Free Solo – “Thank God that’s over” I recently saw the movie, Free Solo. It is about Alex Honnold and his quest to be the first person to free-solo El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. (Free soloing is climbing without ropes). After he succeeded, his girlfriend said, “Thank God that’s over.” When I heard that, […]

Trained in condemnation

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Trained in Condemnation The world had trained us to condemn (ourselves and others). Kids hear things like, “you are a bad boy or girl.” Schools emphasize what we got wrong. We have heard and said “bad” and “wrong” so many times. Consequently, we have learned to think in terms of good and bad and right […]

No offense meant

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No Offense Meant I overheard a conversation today where the guy said, “no offense meant” and then he used a racially derogatory expression to a member of that race. Obviously, if we ever think “no offense meant”, we are about to say something that is going to be offensive. And, the best plan here is […]

First choices and first impressions

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First Choices and First Impressions Regardless of the first impression (or second or third or…) someone makes, we still get to choose how we look at that person. We can look through eyes of love, kindness, and compassion.  Or, we can look through other eyes. Much Love, Jonathan Help me out please ~ if this […]

It is not up to us whether the fish bite

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It is Not Up to Us Whether the Fish Bite We left the house at 4:00am this morning and arrived in Homer Alaska at 5:30pm Colorado time. So of course, I was ready to start fishing as soon as possible Within 10 minutes, I hooked a nice salmon and got it to the beach 3 […]

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