Author: Jim Kerr

When Ego Makes Mockery of Its Opponents

This morning I awoke to video footage of Donald Trump mocking White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest for saying that the Putin Administration tried to meddle with the U.S. Presidential Election, and that the Republican nominee approved of it. I didn’t hear any facts coming from Mr. Trump in his attack against Josh Earnest. It was all personal stuff, the kind of juvenile stuff we used to hear from grade-school bullies. The press secretary, Mr. Trump said, is a “foolish guy.” He’s bad at delivering messages. After a few weeks of relatively good behavior, it seems our president-elect is...

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Making Thanksgiving A Daily Practice

Today all across America, families will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. I love this holiday – even more in some ways than Christmas. As much as I love Christmas and what it represents, the holiday itself has become so commercialized and packed with obligations that it has lost something of what it is supposed to stand for. Not so with Turkey Day. There are no such expectations with Thanksgiving. No wading through crowds looking for that perfect gift and worrying whether someone will be hurt because you didn’t get them what they were expecting. Just bring yourself and a food...

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Waking on the First Day of Trump’s America

This morning I awoke early, as I always do, but in a strange bed in a strange city (I’m up in New York for a business trip) and in a seemingly strange world. My smartphone gave me some shocking news: Donald Trump is going to be the next U.S. president. The bombastic New York mogul businessman who during the campaign refused to release his taxes, who made fun of handicapped people, who insulted women and Mexicans and anyone who challenged him, who praised Putin as a good leader – in a couple months Donald Trump will be our next...

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Developing the Confidence of a Redwood Tree

I was talking recently with someone in his early twenties who is going through a young man’s existential crisis. He recently started a new job that he doesn’t much like and he’s been struggling with a lot of anxiety and depression. He’s a sensitive, spiritual kid who has always felt different from other people. He has a hard time making friends and being in social settings. Now he’s working in a big, sterile corporate environment, surrounded by people who are mostly older than him, and he feels out of place. Every moment that he’s at that job, he told...

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Battling the Twin Demons of Doubt and Distraction

“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.” – Henry Ford Of all the self-defeating habits that steal our happiness and kill our chances to reach our dreams, I have come to believe that the two biggest culprits are doubt and distraction. Doubt and distraction. Call them the dream killers. It’s not that we lack dreams. Most everyone I know has things they’d like to do with their lives – things that have been in their hearts since they were young. For me, it has been to write stories and poems that stir people’s...

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