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Relationships – Bringing Meaning To Our Lives Part III “Being Present”

Here is my final reflection on relationships in my life covering the past 5 years since I graduated from Gonzaga, sorry for the delay if you were actually waiting for part 3. Hopefully you have enjoyed my reflections thus far and that I’m not boring you all! If you have read my previous 2 posts on relationships you can find part 1 here and part 2 “The Gonzaga Years” here.

If there is one thing I have learned about relationships over the past 5 years of my life it is the importance of being present. By being present in our relationships we show that we are invested in the relationship and it is not simply an acquaintance that is here today and gone tomorrow, although these types of relationships have a place in our lives as well. Simply showing someone that we care about them allows the opportunity for love and trust between two people to develop and grow deeper and more meaningful, even if we don’t say a word.

Up in the rolling hills of northern Nicaragua lies the small village of San Jose de Cusmapa, an oasis in the sky. Anybody that knows me knows just how important this place is to me, and while only living there for a year and a half this place has become like home to me. The first time I found myself in the back of a pickup truck scaling the unpaved road up to Cusmapa in July 2004 I had the sense that this was a special place, but at the time I had no idea just how special it really is. Continue reading

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Relationships – Bringing Meaning To Our Lives Part II “The Gonzaga Years”

This entry continues with part 2 of my 3 part series on relationships, my experiences with them from when I was born until the present day, and how they have impacted my life. If you haven’t read part one yet, read it here.

After high school I headed off to Gonzaga University in search of new friends and a new community. They didn’t take long to find. The Gonzaga community is one of the most incredible I’ve ever been a part of, and something nobody can truly understand unless they have experienced it for themselves.

Relationships formed in many different ways at Gonzaga. One of the first was through a pre-orientation “Reality Camp” where a group of us incoming freshmen gathered to do community service around the Spokane community for a week. It is amazing how a group of people who have never met before can come together through service and form bonds so quickly. Through loving others we were able to love each other and carry these newly formed friendships with us as we embarked on a new adventure in our lives. Continue reading

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Relationships – Bringing Meaning To Our Lives Part I

This entry begins my 3 part series on relationships, my experiences with them from when I was born until the present day, and how they have impacted my life. When I say relationships I am referring more to friendships than romantic relationships, however romantic relationships do play a part of that.

If there is one thing that I have learned in my 27 years as a member of the human family it is that relationships are the driving force of our lives. God made us to be in relationship – with Him, with family, with friends, with all of creation. Nothing satisfies my heart more than being in relationship with others, and while I am not always the best at cultivating relationships, I try to do my best and without them I would not be the person I am today. Continue reading

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