Personal Growth

“Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.” Harper Lee who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.

I think the more self-knowledge we have, the easier it is to live with ourselves and others. I do believe gaining self-knowledge is an uphill battle. I accept as true, that, comprehensive self-knowledge is unobtainable, now. I sense to the extent it can be obtained, it is in quite small increments.

I personally believe it’s only by the grace of God that our soul, or psyche as the Greeks called the soul, actually grows for the better. My prayer for each of us is that our growth for the better would be real and not imaginary.

What I Saved The First Day We Met

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

Online dating was about one quarter century in the future. It was a sun-filled Sunday in March 1977. I met Kristine at the Baltimore Sun-advertised open house at her art school. As I stood by her that afternoon we discussed her work of art and who we were. I loved the artistic image she had created. I also wanted to see her again. By the grace of God’s Son she did give me her name and number on the art gallery card above.

For reasons I will never completely understand, as you can see, I saved the card. In 1977 it was placed, loosely, in a scrapbook. Today it is in a lucite frame our son and his fiance gave us recently.

Why didn’t I just put the number in my personal phonebook and pitch the card? Some neuropsychologist/philosopher might say there was this deep-seeded, neurological connection between my present…

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