Month: February 2016


Chapter XV – Work


The staff of Saint John's Cathedral - an image of authority and work Chapter XV - Work A Rule of Life The Rev. Canon Charles LaFond “Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” -Henri Matisse Let this chapter be read slowly...

rest


The sip will resume on Tuesday to provide some rest.  

on writng truth – the Rule of Life as truth-telling


Honesty is the most important too in writing a Rule of Life.  It seems obvious and yet in a book about wiring a Rule of Life I need to say a word about honesty.  I am not dishonest.  I would even go so far as to say I am honest. ...

Chapter XIII Loss


Chapter XIII  - Loss There will be loss. Inevitably.  There will be loss.  I will need to let go of things, and not letting go of them will only bring me pain.  I will need to let go of hopes and dreams, of imaginings and expectations, of nostalgia and fantasy...

Chapter XII on Grief


Grief- dancing with the limp It gives me a measure of peace that the Hebrew word for God’s Glory, Kavod, is a word of weights and measures - a word with an inherent heaviness to it.  Grief is heavy.  It drags one down like a burlap bag of scrap metal...

Chapters on living with uncertainty


Chapter XI - Living with uncertainty “And can any of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your span of life?” Matthew 6:27 It is interesting to me that this passage, and the beautiful one about the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, follows a...

Chapter X on Meditation


Chapter X - Meditation A Rule of Life The Rev. Canon Charles LaFond Life can be so busy and with so many moving parts.  There always seems to be an over-caffeinated and over-functioning list of things to do and this list seems to invade me when I wake up in...

Chapters on anxious thoughts


(Please forgive the brief cessation of the Daily Sip.  I needed to rest for a few days.) This week we will be looking at chapters which encourage mental wellness.  What chapters do you need in your Rule of life which will remind you of how you want to live?  What...

On writing your Rule of LIfe


As you write your Rule of lIfe, remember that it need not be complicated nor long.  Indeed, if it is either, you will threaten your willingness later to read it daily.  A Chapter is usually about 600-1000 words.  They can be less.  They can be only a few sentences (if...

Chapter VIII – The Episcopal Church


Chapter VII - Engaging The Church A Rule of Life The Reverend Canon Charles LaFond Please, may I remember that I am part of The Church.  What that means changes from time to time.  Sometimes I love being part of it.  Other times I want to run away screaming.  And...