Bob Docter

The self and gratitude

Giving thanks involves being grateful. Being grateful requires self-awareness—self-definition. Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday provides each of us with ...

What is good?

He has shown you, O man, what is good… (Micah 6:8a). Mankind pursues “the good life,” always trying to figure out, what it’s all about: how to recognize its pr...

Home

We put the building blocks of life together in the home. There, we carefully initiate the process of establishing our identity, shaping our self-esteem, buildin...

Empathic compassion

His rheumy eyes seemed on the verge of imminent discharge—without spark, listless, lacking in spirit—within ill fitting, almost hollow cavities in a tight, hard...

Hope trumps despair

Easter ushers in spring, and hope is in the air. Easter has become a time for celebration, for enjoying the flowers, the warm greetings of a Sunday morning, ...

Habits, compulsions and addictions

There is a direct, potentially progressive relationship between habits, compulsions and addictions that grow more harmful. Here are some definitions with a litt...

Building people

Everyone believes that they know what and how children should become educated, and act unafraid in sharing that information. That includes me. Yet differing ...

Compassionate relationships

I’ve heard it said that The Salvation Army is “compassion in action.” I think it fits and makes a good slogan. I hope it’s still true. I worry about that. I ...

Compassionate empathy

Except I am moved with compassion, How dwellest thy Spirit in me? Albert Orsborn asked that question for Salvationists a few decades ago, and it’s one we ne...

Generosity of spirit

Generosity is a spiritual word. It speaks of the type of relationship between a giver and a receiver. It synthesizes the “fruit of the spirit” listed by Paul...