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Where There Is Injury Let Me Sow Pardon

Many thanks to Kent Nerburn and HarperCollins for allowing us to share this chapter from Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace with our readers. - Ben Kim

By Kent Nerburn

I once spoke with a man who had done hard time at a maximum security penitentiary. I asked him what had been the single most significant lesson he had learned from being inside. He looked at me with sad eyes and said, "You would not believe what lives inside the human heart. There really is such a thing as evil." Read more about Where There Is Injury Let Me Sow Pardon

 

Our Parents

If you arrived at this page looking for a letter that was written to my friend David, I'm very sorry to let you know that regrettably, it's no longer available.

The letter was intended to lend support to our friends in an anonymous way, and my hope was that those who could relate to the experience of having a difficult relationship with their parents during their upbringing would be comforted in knowing that many others share this experience and still feel a strong sense of compassion for their parents. Read more about Our Parents

 

Where's My Bag?

Many years ago, I found myself in a beautiful town in the San Francisco Bay Area for a year-long residential internship. I had long wanted to live in the Bay Area, and having just completed two years of running a clinic in the arctic of Alaska, I had a little nest egg of savings and felt as free as a bird. Everything I owned fit neatly into my trusty Honda Civic. Read more about Where's My Bag?

 

It Gets Better

Heartfelt thanks to those who are doing all they can to prevent more suicides due to bullying of gays, lesbians, and all others who are treated inhumanely because of differences.

I could write for days on this, but instead, I ask that you watch the following videos and share them with those who may need support. Read more about It Gets Better

 

An Open Letter To A Memorable Gawker

Do you remember when you first noticed my freakish appearance while I was in line at the merry-go-round with my boys? Pardon the cliche - you couldn't take your eyes off me. But credit to you for keeping your head pointed straight ahead as you maintained your gawk with a sideways stare as you walked by. Read more about An Open Letter To A Memorable Gawker

 

Deep In An Ancient Hawaiian Forest

If you're a believer in taking some time each day to meditate, pray, or simply relax on a lushly padded yoga mat to help restore peace and balance within, I hope that the following instrumental tracks from "The Descendants" are helpful to your sessions. I've been listening to these tracks for a few weeks now and I simply cannot get enough of them. Read more about Deep In An Ancient Hawaiian Forest

 

Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids

I've long believed that the words we choose in everyday conversation and correspondence play a significant role in shaping our relationships.

For example, from the time that our boys began asking questions to which some parents might answer "because I said so," Margaret and I have tried to preface our answers with "because from my experience, that would lead to..." Read more about Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids

 

Thoughts On Detaching From Ego And Walking In Peace

As I approach the last few years of my fourth decade on planet earth, I find myself feeling grateful for some of the conclusions that I've been able to draw from various life experiences. One in particular that I try to hold close to my heart, especially in times of triumph and disaster, is this: Read more about Thoughts On Detaching From Ego And Walking In Peace

 

Six Ways to Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Updated on October 21, 2012

As a follow-up to a previous post on Six Questions to Ponder in Choosing a Life Partner, I thought it would be helpful to create a post where our readers can chime in with thoughts on how to sustain a life partnership once you're all in.

Clearly, all relationships face their own unique challenges. I've been around long enough to believe that sometimes, it may be best for two grossly mismatched personalities to end a long term relationship and begin anew the quest for a mostly peace-filled life. Read more about Six Ways to Keep Your Relationship Healthy

 

Thoughts on Parental Favoritism

Originally published in July, 2010

A good friend recently asked if I have a favorite between our two boys. She wrote: "I know that you love them equally, but do you have a favorite?"

An interesting question to consider, and quite relevant to all of us who grew up with siblings where feelings of favoritism may have contributed to insecurity, depression, and other emotional challenges in adulthood. Read more about Thoughts on Parental Favoritism

 

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