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  1. common sense colorado
    February 10, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Thanks Jeff. Here’s to hoping your readers and their families can wake up without the trigger of tragedy in their life.

    It may also be worth exploring the why: Why do we often feel the need for control? Why do some people experience the proverbial heart attack and revert to their old patterns?

    My own “dark night of the soul” (what is the plural of that phrase?) always point me back to the Creator. He who made that wonderful hand and blessed me with my family.


  2. Jeff Vankooten
    February 10, 2012 @ 11:01 am


    Thanks for the comment! The why question is worth exploring. I think we crave control because so much of life is ambiguous. Some learn how to be out of control for all the right reasons, trusting in a creator bigger than themselves.


  3. Kim Browne
    February 10, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

    My “Dark night of the Soul” lasted for 2 years. Gratitude for life has never reached such epic proportions as it has since the darkness has abated. Miracles abound. They always have. Normalcy rocks!!


  4. Jeff Vankooten
    February 11, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Thanks Kim. Your referenced on gratitude reminded me of a quote by G.K. Chesterton who said “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder”


    • Kim Browne
      February 14, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

      I’m writing that quote down now…


  5. Doug
    February 12, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    Jeff, This is a touching and meaningful post. I’ve recently ‘awakened’ after a much lesser crisis, and the emergence helps me to be ever more grateful for all that’s good in my life. That includes you. Thanks for this and all of your good work. Gratefully, Doug


    • Jeff Vankooten
      February 13, 2012 @ 9:22 am


      Again, thanks for the comment and the kind words. Live deeply today!


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