The Power of Real Life

Years ago I began a blog which failed from the beginning, I assumed due to both my ignorance and lack of commitment. I discovered when I was honest with myself that there was a third reason which I now name as “hubris” revealing itself as it always does in self promotion. 

I have something I believe reveals my humanishness, a need to be known. I’m assuming all of us to some degree want to be known yet find that “being known” can at times feel like that metaphor – a bridge too far. I’m often reminded of Jo Beth Williams line in that movie The Big Chill when in dialogue with old friends she says; Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t know we were telling the truth here.

Pretension is quite likely both a social and emotional epidemic in America. I think most people want to be real but learn to settle for pretension because of a fear driven by losing their position of acceptance. At least that’s the Life Boat Theory Donald Miller wrote about in his book – Searching for God Knows What.

I am beginning this second attempt at blogging with renewed confidence focused on the people I do life with who I’ve joined with on the journey of significant and meaning filled friendships. And I want to invite you to be a critical part of reading and responding to the posts I put up here @

Presently I am writing a book entitled simply – Participation. Much of that book deals with the human longing for a place to be the person you were created to be. Over the course of this year I hope to post several times each week as my schedule allows. More importantly I hope to hear from you and your friends, and possibly their friends as together we share stories, anecdotes, victories, losses, encouragement, and challenges of real life.

I close this opening with a quote from Father Richard Rohr.

The energy in the universe is in relationship

Have an awesome day!


6 thoughts on “The Power of Real Life”

    1. Thank you Pete for reading the post. Miss you and trust we’ll connect soon to talk about our quest for life.

  1. Leave it to you Mike Cooke to provoke my lifelong quest to be who I have been created to be! A friend in Bible study just told me that “I was so real” & it humbled me. I’ve gotten into trouble being real on occasion. Once a sometimes outspoken friend told me her Mormon deacon husband told her “just because something is true, doesn’t mean it needs to be said”. I took that as good advice, just sometimes I can’t help myself… Love this Mike! Happy you are doing this! Blessings!

    1. Good to hear from you Sharyn and as always in our conversations I learn something new about myself I should be paying attention to. Keep on trusting God with who you are becoming, we need you in our lives.

    1. Appreciate your comments Stephen. You have always been a great friend whose conversational exchanges give me pause fr consideration. Keep it up! Hope your writing is going well.

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