When Mary Oliver asks in her poem The Summer Day, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” this is not an easy question to answer. Are you doing what you want to do with this precious gift of life? When life refuses to wait any longer, whether you’re ready to go or not, you respond with something and that response is based on a system of beliefs. What beliefs do you use to frame your life? How changeable are they? Do they correspond with reality? Do you make them up as you go along? How certain are you of them? Do you give them much thought? What do you know for sure anyway? If the fundamental existential question is: Can you embrace the world as it is and be grateful for it? What beliefs do we need in order to do that and where do they come from?
Phil Sweet is a long-time friend of UUFDC, and a marvelous and insightful storyteller. He is full of wisdom, and his messages stretch his audiences to search beyond the superficial. Prior to retirement, he served as minister of Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay.