Dear Friend, Welcome to the Neighborhood

The bell on the doorway clanged as I ducked out of the rain and into the shop. It was an unassuming place, but brightly decorated. Small window displays advertised new clothing arrivals, and neon signs told the sales of the day. “Hello there!” cheered the woman behind the counter, smiling up from her calculator and…

Dear Friend, You Can Take it Slow

Sunday comes. Church. I slow down after a full weekend. The guitar sings come thou fount of every blessing, and my heart is stilled and reminded that each and every blessing has one source. It is spelled on screens, sung by weary and united voices. As I watch summer greens electrify our sidewalks with the first signs…

Dear Friend, You Might be a Rebel

We were sitting in the sleek, stiff-backed chairs tucked around our small office conference room. “Have I told you my analogy about the elephant and the sapling?” my boss asked me while clicking his ballpoint pen. I shook my head. The air conditioner hummed lazily. “It’s the story of a baby elephant who is tied…

Dear Hard Worker, Here’s a Practical Guide to Cultivating Gratitude

This post originally appeared on the blog at Qara.org, an online forum designed to equip, inspire, and empower twenty-somethings to embrace their season and live wholehearted lives. According to a recent New York Times story, dissatisfaction is rampant among working Americans today. Maybe you can relate. When we are restless and unhappy at work, we will actually don’t do…