Purpose vs Message

What does it mean to have a Message? How is that different than having a purpose? Your Message is the truth that you uniquely know. The thing that is yours to share that would bring a goodness to our world that could otherwise not be experienced. Because you are the only you, and even if […]

Willie is a Messenger

Do you know David Whyte? He’s a scientist, poet, philosopher, and author with a lot to say about what it means to be human and how to be the version you were meant to be. In his book, Crossing the Unknown Sea, he says, “It seems to me that each of us must identify in […]

Messengers: Achievement vs Accomplishment

(This address was given at the second gathering of The Messengers in the Power House of the historic Roycroft Campus on the evening of June 15th, 2023.) If you were with us on May 11th, you have a splish of an idea of what I’m talking about when I say “carry your Message.” If you’re […]

You have a Message

(This address was given to a small-ish group of kindred spirits gathered in the Power House at the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora on the evening of May 11, 2023 for the inaugural meeting of The Messengers.) You might be wondering, “What’s this all about, Erik?”  “Please tell us you didn’t bring us here to […]

Rest in me

Rest in me You don’t have to be anything Sit with me I wish that you could see what I see   But there’s so much for me to be It’s so hard to just believe Your love could be that easy   It’s okay you don’t have to say the right words to me […]

2020 20/20

If you could stand at a distance of 20 feet from 2020, what would you see? What kind of depth and sense of dimension would there be? Would you be squinting to make out the detail? Would it be in vivid color, distorted, or even perhaps washed out? Would anything be encroaching from your left […]

Learning how to sing

Adeline’s excited to get up on stage. She’s having a hard time getting to sleep. It’s her first chorus concert tomorrow. I often catch her around the house humming or singing to herself. She has this high pitched singing voice. It’s pretty. So I figured she’s excited to get on stage because she’s excited to […]

I’m really glad you came to that party

I saw you walk in. It was after midnight. You were with a friend who was into one of the guys that lived at this house in the village. (He was a friend of mine from the music scene. We both played in bands. Separate bands. He was a drummer.) I got out of my […]

The “good side” of the tree

It’s 11:something pm. I’m sitting in the corner of the living room where there normally isn’t a chair. The Christmas tree now occupies the corner of the room where this chair usually resides. So here I sit in the seasonal sitting corner giving the tree a hard stare from about 10 ft away. It’s one […]