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Loving a Flawed World

Loving a Flawed World

Forgiveness is what love looks like when you don’t feel like it. That’s a paraphrase of something Wendell Berry once said. To put that a different way, forgiveness is the kind of love that we give imperfect things. Things that aren’t always so likable. And since...
How to Be Happy

How to Be Happy

You’re not supposed to stand on the top three rungs of a ladder. I did it anyway, even though I recognized at the time what a bad idea it was. This was a 32-foot extension ladder. Even leaned against a wall at a precariously straight angle, it had not brought me...
How to Be Happy

How to Be Happy

The Irish are happier than we Americans. Big deal, you might be thinking. Of course they are! Everybody knows they’re a laugh a minute. But the Canadians, the Germans, and the Finns are happier than us, too. The Finns rank number one. The people of permafrost,...
Love Changes the Algorithm

Love Changes the Algorithm

Don’t worry, be happy. Said Jesus. Never. On a weekend tragically shattered by back-to-back massacres in El Paso and Dayton, Jesus has a very different word for us. Jesus doesn’t want us to be unhappy. He wants something more than happiness for us. The pursuit...
Dreams and Illusions

Dreams and Illusions

If you spend your life pursuing happiness, it will always elude you. That’s counterintuitive. So, let me explain by way of a story. I totally bombed a timed essay competition in high school. The topic was the American Dream. Sister Charleen taught me to write. In her...