Thomas McGreevy

Dig for Hidden Treasure

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“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it” – Michelangelo We were designed in the image of our creator to be creators.  Our cursed state may have you thinking that we are expected to create something out of nothing.  The futility and failure that we know all too well seems to confirm it, but that is not the deepest truth. The truth is, our part is more discovery than it is invention.  Our act of creation is primarily…read more

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A Way Out

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At some point in our lives every one of us comes to the realization that we live in a kind of dungeon.  We awaken in a dark, damp, cold chamber feeling like we cannot bear to stay there for a moment longer.  Over time we realize that there are a number of passageways leading out.  We follow one, and then another, and another.  We realize that these lead to other chambers, some more insufferable than the one we started in.  More passageways, more chambers and it begins to dawn on…read more

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I Would Be Satisfied

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“Come baby, shake me, come baby, take me, I would be satisfied” – Bob Dylan Is it a choice, to be satisfied, or is it just something we observe about ourselves?  Zimmy seems convinced that if she will just shake him and take him that he will be satisfied.  How does he know? I want to say that you just have to be the sort of person who is easily satisfied and then you will be, but I don’t think that’s true.  It’s not satisfaction you end up with that…read more

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Your Calling

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“A man’s calling is written on his true heart, and he discovers it when he enters the frontier of his deep desires.” – John Eldredge What do you want? This feels like a question you’re not supposed to ask.  Instead, you’re supposed to behave yourself.  You’re supposed to handle your duties.  You’re supposed to be responsible.  You’re supposed to be productive.  We’ve gotten pretty good at these things and let’s face it, they haven’t delivered.  In the process we have lost touch with our hearts. Do you want anything badly…read more

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Resistance

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“Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.” – Steven Pressfield Regardless of your worldview or the religion you profess, you have probably noticed the fact that you face resistance.  I think most people recognize and acknowledge this fact.  There is conflict and difficulty in our endeavors.  I may not be able to convince you that my view of where this resistance comes from is true, but that may not matter for now.  I would like to expose the most basic tactic used by the resistance, wherever it may…read more

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Rational

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Most of the religious activity in this world is an attempt to satisfy our desire for a rational concept of reality.  We long for something that makes sense of our lives and our world.  It’s amazing what we’ll settle for.  It’s amazing how tightly we’ll cling to it. That’s the only reason science is a threat to some people’s faith. The good news that Jesus of Nazareth brought didn’t speak to our thirst for answers.  How could we even know the right questions?  It was about being brought to life……read more

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Affirmation

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If you could have one person from throughout history show up in your life and affirm you, who would it be?  Would it be Alexander the Great?  Would it be Isaac Newton?  Would it be Leonardo DaVinci?  Would it be Abraham Lincoln?  What would it do for you if that person showed up and told you that you were destined for greatness?  If that person told you that they have been watching you and that they think you are gifted, that you have incredible potential and that all you have…read more

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An Act of Your Will

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“It has liberated me, being happy being what I am.  There are editors who always feel guilty that they aren’t writers.  I can write perfectly well—anyone who’s been educated can write perfectly well.  But I dislike writing: it’s very, very hard and I just don’t like the activity.  Whereas reading is like breathing.” – Robert Gottlieb A lot of people love to read.  A lot of people can relate to what Robert is saying here.  But not many embrace it like he did.  It’s as if he’s saying, “I do…read more

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Get What You’ve Always Wanted

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“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar You can’t just be filled with a desire to give.  You have to be filled with a desire to see other people get what they really want.  You have to love them that much.  That’s not easy to do.  For starters you have to see other people… I mean really see them.  People want life and all that was intended to come with it… love, peace, glory,…read more

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Real Life Sucks

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“Real life” sucks.  It is within a magical story that we all really want to live… in a world that was created for us and that waits for our next move.  Real life, as most of us think of it, is just the context for something else, and it remains just a context until we wake up and enter it and interact with it and change it.  Then it becomes a story worth living in. Why do we work so hard to be a part of the context?  Life is…read more

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