Made for Goodness – Part 1: Desmond and Mpho Tutu

And the more we come to emulate this divine love, the more our lives are an expression of the goodness that is at the heart of each of us.  — Desmond Tutu


Not much need for me to write anything about goodness.

Simply, I recommend “Made for Goodness” by Desmond and his daughter, Mpho, Tutu.

It is one of my top 10 favorite books, one I do not want to live without.  My friend Sue gave it to me many years ago.


I had a horrible fight with my printer this morning.  (Once again…this is NOT where this blog was headed….but here we go.)


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My printer kept telling me it was out of paper!!

It was NOT out of paper.

I flat out go off the rails at being told that my perception is not reality.

I don’t know what to do with the difference.

My pastor tells me I was born sinful.

My life companion tells me I am a cheater.

My President tells me I am a snowflake.

There are people who can take the opposed realities and shrug it off, ignore it, or discount it.  I am not one of those people.  I sit in the tension of dissonance and struggle to bring things into harmony.  I try to find the truth.

So I look at my printer and try….I try to add more paper, I try to take out some paper, I try to open it up and massage the rollers, I try, and I try, and I try.  It KEEPS telling me there is no paper.  So, I unplug it, walk away, and say, “I am going to buy a new printer!!!!!”  I’m going to buy a printer that does not tell me lies.


And…and…it’s always “and”…and I know that there is a part that is true in what they say.  I was raised to believe that things are not simply black and white.

In promoting “Made for Goodness” I want to point out the also/and of the question, “Are humans made good or bad.”  It’s the question of original sin.


I don’t know.  I don’t care.  I don’t think it is our business.

Are humans born good or bad?

I don’t know.  I don’t care.  I don’t think it is our business.

When Bishop Tutu says we are made for goodness, why do the Pharisees have to go on the defensive, incessantly reminding us that we are sinful?  I don’t know how we are born…but I am fairly certain a God who is Creator and Lover would not create us with the intention that we be anything but good.



Divorce Recovery….2 things I keep meaning to write about….

That morning feeling of aloneness or fear or whatever….it’s pretty much gone.  I’m so happy.  I wake up…and it’s not there.  🙂

I know and love that people are a complex mix of good and bad.  My favorite movies are ones in which characters are developed showing both good and bad motives and behaviors.  Yet….in all of this, I want there to be a bad guy (him) and a good gal (me).  I KNOW better than this.  I know it is a complex mix of mutual participation.Image result for made for goodness


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