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The Time When Life Changed: Writing for Ricochet


So. what’s the big deal, right? Anyone can write on Ricochet.com if they’re willing to pay a small, reasonable membership fee. But for me, writing for Ricochet changed many ways that I saw my life, my faith, my relationships and my purpose in the world. I think that’s a pretty big deal.

So what happened? Well, a friend told me about Ricochet, and I took a look. I knew almost immediately that I wanted to be a member, but I 0nly lurked for a long time. After all, I knew I could write but I was still in the process of working out my political, personal and faith views. I was pretty intimidated because I realized I wasn’t mingling with a bunch of lightweights: you all seemed to be very knowledgeable about the issues of the day. More than that, you were articulate, smart and funny. How could I possibly measure up?

When We Allow Life to Change Us


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.  —Heraclitus

Anyone who thinks that life is too routine and that hardly anything changes has gotten himself into a rut. We can allow ourselves to be numbed by our daily routines, bored with the predictability of our days, and dwell on the many things we don’t have or we’d like to have.

Instead, though, we can notice the richness of each day as we move through it. For me, there are a great many things that pique my attention or give me joy. When I get up early in the morning, I will notice the stillness that rests in the house; somehow that day’s silence has its own soothing quality. Or on my walk, I’ll notice a new blossom on my lemon tree; a walker who has an English mastiff who’s decided to stop and greet me; or an armadillo that scampers blindly to find his breakfast.