My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 - North Carolina writer Derek Maul This morning's post could easily be a book. So, instead, I'm going to keep it short. I …
Humility, vulnerability, and wide-open hearts may well be the cure for the malaise that runs deep and wide in our culture
the very first thing we must question is our own assumptions - at the entry point to any exchange of views, conversation, or potential conflict.
Any exchange that comes from an "I'm right, you're wrong" mentality is destined to journey away from truth. When dialogue is replaced by diatribe, discourse will inevitably devolve.
I believe an image that tells a story is a much more effective piece of photography than something spectacularly beautiful, but without anything to say. Having both is better still; but, given the choice, I'd pick story any time.
Probably the most important part of the writing equation is listening. Not just listening to people, but listening to life as it happens all around me; listening and paying attention; reading between the lines; just having my eyes open enough to let the light in.