If you want to be happy…

Russell Brand knows what its like to experience mental illness and substance use disorder.  The flow of compassion – from us to others, from others to us and from us to ourselves – has tremendous benefits.  Compassion is a primary focus of my work in Compassion Focused Therapy.  As the Dalai Lama is often quoted…

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

This seems like the perfect place to start this new online adventure so I’ll just leave this here.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences with compassion.  Feel free to leave a comment.

Let’s try again

Apologies for the confusion.  You see, it sounded like a good idea to dedicate this space to all things about our new RV life except…

Even campgrounds that advertise WiFi – free or otherwise – probably shouldn’t.  The service is not very dependable at best.  So, while I started with the best of intentions, implementation became a bit tricky.  Publishing updates to this space was too frustrating to do during our RV trips (I refuse to call it camping, we are definitely not roughing it).  Waiting until we got home to post updates didn’t work either mostly because the rest of our lives were up and running again and the task routinely got pushed down the priority list. Hence the grand total of 0 posts about our RV trips this season.

So I’m going to try something else.

This page will be dedicated to the topic of compassion.

Compassion is the central feature of my work as a clinical social worker.

Compassion is the central feature of my human rights and political work.

Compassion is what I strive for in my person life.

Stay tuned.  I think this will be fun.

One door closes, another one opens

This page was originally created years ago as part of my ministry as Director of Religious Education at First Parish Church in Taunton.  After almost 25 years, that chapter of my life has ended.  While it did not end exactly as I would have chosen, the parting was necessary and I firmly believe that the Religious Education program at First Parish will benefit from new leadership as the program grows and evolves.

With that door closed, I found that I suddenly had room in my life for something new.  After much discussion and research, my wife Kristie and I decided to purchase an RV – a 33′ long Keystone Hideout 5th wheel.  We have only had it for a few weeks and its already been an adventure – learning new skills, changing up our routine and discovering new and wonderful ways to be together.

If you enjoyed the original version of this blog, I hope that you will stick around and share in our new adventures in the RV life.  I’ll be posting periodically about what we are doing, what we are learning and what we are thinking while spending time in our hotel room on wheels.  We are definitely not roughing it.

Talk soon.


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    I am a clinical social worker whose work emphasizes the use of compassion - for ourselves and for others.

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