Posts made in August, 2008

The Ties that Bind — Spirituality

August 16, 2008 The Ties that Bind – Spirituality. By Ted Burnett “God does not die on the day we cease to believe in a personal deity. But we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance of wonder renewed daily, the source of which is beyond all reason.” – Dag Hammerskjöld, the former UN Secretary-General It’s has been said that the central theme of all the world’s major religions and spiritual traditions is the same spiritual principle – for man’s Ego to… “Let go”, “to Surrender.” Off and on, for the past fifteen years or maybe longer, I have attended a Sunday morning talk in lieu of a traditional worship service. I believe this talk is one of a kind. It’s definitely unique to my community and I suspect that’s probably the case for...

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The Dead Body

July 29, 2008 The Dead Body By Ted Burnett What feedback I received on my essay “The Fool’s Court” came from two close confidants. Both expressed that a few of my thoughts were a bit too sharp and barbed. If you share those same sentiments then I would like to apologize if I offended you. Their critique of my sobering words reminds me of the late Robert A. Friedrich, a former employer. In the days following 9/11, “Bobby” hired me to come sell commercial insurance at his newly reestablished agency, in my hometown of Mobile, AL. At the time, I was struggling to find my career, to find myself some six years after finishing college. There was no rhyme or reason for choosing this line of work over something else. His offer was simply the only one on the table up for...

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