Rev. Tina Squire

Perseverance: Positive or Punishing?

Psychologist Angela Duckworth celebrates “grit” the winning “combination of passion and perseverance for very long-term goals” yet researcher Gale Lucas finds that grittier people are less likely to give up, even when it costs them to continue.  When is perseverance a good trait, when does it hold us back, how can we nurture and temper it, … Continued

Intent on Intention; Finding and Cultivating the Purpose of Our Lives

Frederick Buechner writes that “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.” How do we determine what we were put on this earth to do and then how to live that out? It is clearly not a matter of forcing mind over matter but mindfulness does perform a role. … Continued

Is Hope a Four-Letter Word?

For some, hope offers ineffectual lip service for change.  Others see hope as a brave stance in the face of a difficult world.  Rabbi Jonathan Sacks gives different names to these diverging views.  “Optimism is a passive virtue, hope an active one. It needs no courage, only a certain naiveté, to be an optimist. It … Continued