Author: Jim Kerr

One Country, Divisible

The thought struck me this morning as I was working out at the gym while scanning another morning of angry headlines on the news. This country is at war. We are at war with China. We are at war with Iran. We are at war with our allies. With our neighbors. With migrants. But the worst part is, we are at war with ourselves. It’s an all-out civil war out there on the streets of America. Left versus right. Liberals versus conservatives. Elites versus the common people. Trump supporters versus the anti-Trump camp. One nation, divisible, with labels and...

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When A Hero Arrives for Pickup

We all know that both good and evil live in the human heart, because we see varying amounts of each in the people and situations we encounter through the course of our lives. What’s fascinating to me about this is how frequently we see both sides of the good-evil coin playing out in the same field at the same time. Think, for example, of the heroism witnessed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks or the bravery of heroes like Oskar Schlinder during the Holocaust. Our family saw a real-world example of this last week when a modern-day hero showed up...

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Watching the Train of Troubles

I sit this morning during my meditation watching the train of troubles pass by. Worries about my kids. My parents. My job. Things I need to do. Bills I need to pay. An endless train of troubles. They’re all so urgent, every one of these passing thought cars. They’re loud and brightly painted, like a carnival train. They flash at me, beckoning urgently at me to jump onboard. I have gotten better at this task of witnessing over the years. Just sitting and watching the mad procession of thoughts without acting on them. Still, now and then I get...

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When A Leader’s Words Lack Moral Authority

Yesterday’s horrific violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was shocking for a country that prides itself on tolerance. So I was encouraged to hear political leaders from both sides of the aisle in Washington condemn the violence for what it was: an unacceptable expression of hate and intolerance that goes against the core values and ideals of America. The words of the U.S. President about yesterday’s events were less clear. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms,” Trump said from his golfing vacation in New Jersey, “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many...

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Coming Into the Clear

Dear friends and readers, My apologies for not blogging recently. I took on an expanded role at my company a few months ago and I haven’t had much time for writing or anything else of late. The job’s great, the company fantastic, but it is all incredibly demanding. I am now managing a global team and running what is essentially a 24-hour PR and social publishing engine for a $9.5 billion company. Each work day is a river of emails, conference calls, and situations that need to be dealt with. I jump into that river very early in the...

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