I have enjoyed having John's weekly participation on the blog, as I know many of you from the emails and comments I have received. John has consented to continue to write a little bit each week to continue participating. I love and appreciate his perspective in our lives. He is such a good man and the children love spending time with him and discussing various topics with him. He is approachable and kind, adding much stability to our lives.
I will be adding and asterisk (*) on all of John's titles so you can know at a glance that they are his posts. John has chosen the subcategory as "dad's thoughts" so you can find them easily.
"The people I have known for a long time that I see as the happiest are those who have become more and more who they really are in combination with an embracing of truth, without pretense, deceit, or agenda, honest in their self assessment and their communications with others and able more and more to enjoy life and association with those around them. Personality is a delightful thing, and I love associating with people who are rich in personality and, in effect, real. I love seeing my children developing their personalities and becoming more and more who they really are. I believe becoming more and more who one really is is a spiritual condition, whether a person believes in God or not, or what form their spirituality takes. For those who do believe in God, I believe becoming more and more who one is is a great key to communicating with God who Himself is without pretense, deceit, or agenda, and whose personality is fully and wonderfully developed and delightful. I love freedom. The world is so stifling and acts to stamp out what people can really become. Much of what we learn in this world must be unlearned, but that just makes a process of emergence that much more inspiring, meaningful, and joyful."