Life Themes

Each of us carries unique gifts and wounds that color our perception of every moment we live. I believe that we are called to heal our wounds, and to cultivate our gifts so that we can offer them to the world and thereby live a fulfilled life.

A very simple, yet powerful quote from Pablo Picasso speaks to this: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” This means that we are all called to engage with what brings us joy, what enlivens and awakens us. And yet paradoxically, often to do so means we must examine old hurts and sorrows, those places within us whose protective covering prevents us from releasing our true energy to the world. To proceed in this work we must go slowly – gently – and with love. But we must proceed …

In my work with you I approach both your gifts and your woundedness as part of an integrated whole. For example, we may explore how your woundedness blocks you from using your gifts fully — the power that comes from healing an inner wound can release great creative energy. We may explore how you can use your gifts to heal your wounds. Gradually as we work together you may even find ways to understand your wounds themselves as gifts. Life themes may emerge that are resonant with meaning for you. Engaging with these themes can deepen your understanding of your authentic self and purpose, and lead you toward the place that Frederick Buechner describes: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

What are your themes? How do you offer your gifts? What wounds within you are asking for healing? I would be honored to accompany you … in that search …


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The mind of the day draws no attention to it;
It dwells within the silence with elegance
To create a space for all our words
Drawing us to listen inward and outward

John O'Donohue, from The Inner History of a Day