Author: Greg Wiens

  • History repeating itself

    History repeating itself

    The recent attempted assassination of the Presidential candidate Donald Trump stirred up a variety of emotions and memories in me. My mind went back to memories and emotions from 60 years ago.  I was 9 to 16 years old from 1963 to 1970.  During these seven years, first JFK, then Malcolm X, next was MLK,…

  • Binary Thinking

    Binary Thinking

    On our vacation last month, my daughter-in-law asked me what good books I was reading. I sheepishly said I haven’t been reading much lately (as I wrote about this last week—Too Busy to Think).  I realized, again, my deep thinking is born out of my reading which challenges me to think differently.  The reading surely…

  • Too busy to think

    Too busy to think

    We became official citizens of South Carolina now that we have our voter registration, driver’s license and license plates! Much of my life these past three months has been focused on taking care of the important and urgent details right in front of me. However, in the last few days, I have noticed my thinking…

  • When do I get to stop maturing?

    When do I get to stop maturing?

    It may not surprise you that during the last two or three months Mary Kay and I experienced a lot of stress, and therefore we have had to work on our communication as well as our consideration of each other.  Any season of stress can strain a relationship, especially in the weaker areas of that…

  • Foreigners, wanderers, pioneers, and homesteaders

    Foreigners, wanderers, pioneers, and homesteaders

    We have been in our new home for a month. As I reflected on the process of selling our home and moving away from family and friends in Orlando to South Carolina, I realized we went through five distinct outlooks regarding the world around us.  We were settlers in Orlando.  We had lived there for…

  • What really gets you frustrated?

    What really gets you frustrated?

    What really gets you frustrated?  Who frustrates you? I am intrigued by the varied responses to these two questions.  There seem to me to be three concepts that directly influence how we answer these questions: 1) Self-Efficacy, 2) Locus of Control, and 3) Self-Esteem.  This isn’t a psychology class, but it is important we understand…

  • What makes a house a home?

    What makes a house a home?

    I find it interesting how the mind begins to construct concepts like a home over a lifetime of experiences, thoughts, and emotions.  A house isn’t a home, but a house can become a home. One can also have a home without a house. So, what is the difference between these two terms?  A home has…

  • When things go wrong

    When things go wrong

    Do you ever wonder why things turn out the way they do? I mean, is God really orchestrating every butterfly wing that flaps in Southeast Asia? Balancing all the details regarding our recent home building has been a challenge. So many things turned out differently than we desired or planned. I think some of this…

  • Others influencing me

    Others influencing me

    I am amazed at how often my words, thoughts, or actions are influenced by those around me.  In the 1960’and 1970’s Bandura researched how much of kid’s (and later adult’s) behavior, thoughts and attitudes was influenced by the social context in which they found themselves.  His research was very convincing, and I believed it, however…