WORDS WITH WINGS
Thirty years ago I had the great good fortune to join up with Ernie Kurtz to write THE SPIRITUALITY OF IMPERFECTION. To say that this book changed my life is a serious understatement. In truth, writing the book with Ernie turned me inside out and upside down. I learned that the doors of spirituality are open to all; that acknowledging and accepting our imperfections — and the flaws and shortcomings of others — paves the pathway to honesty, humility, tolerance, and forgiveness; and that “wisdom” or “teaching” stories have wings that allow them to return to us again and again, each time bringing gifts that expand our gratitude for the wonder and beauty of life itself.
Ernie and I wrote two books together and between them, we told and re-told close to 500 stories. These stories are of the “Aha!” “HaHa!” and “Ahhh…”—in other words, they make us think, reflect, laugh, cry, and, at times, experience a sudden, almost overwhelming sense of awe and wonder. They are much more than “feel good” stories because their purpose, throughout the ages, is to help us “be good” in the sense of developing a deeper understanding of the age-old spiritual values of honesty, humility, tolerance, gratitude, forgiveness, faith, hope, and love. I think of these stories as little winged things that rest on my shoulders and whisper to me, helping me when I feel lost or alone, keeping me company, altering my perspective so that I can see life and my own problems in a new and different way. You will understand what I mean as you read the stories and as they work their little miracles in your own life.
I will try hard to keep this index up to date. The "titles” I offer are not intended as interpretations of the story — for no one can interpret a story’s meaning for you — but only as markers to help you find a favorite tale.