Finding Hope in Unexpected Places

How to See Things Differently

Lisa and I went for a drive the other day. I wasn’t on call, and the morning was sunny, clear, and brimming with hope. We needed to get out of the house, so we loaded our son’s dog Dude into the truck and hit the road.

We drove up Casper Mountain Road, through Beartrap Meadow and over the backside of the mountain. We came to a junction of two roads we’d driven before: we could go straight and up to Muddy Mountain, or turn right and wind through gorgeous countryside and back to Casper the long way around.

The third option was a little two-track road to our left. We had no idea where it went, but we both felt adventurous and we had time, so we turned left.

On the GPS, it looked like this road would eventually lead us back to civilization on the east side of Casper. Twelve miles of muddy, sometimes scary, low-4×4 terrain later, we still weren’t sure. But we came around a bend after going through a beautiful mountainous pass and were stopped in our tracks at the view.

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [YST Podcast 009]

In this episode of You Start Today, we discuss post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. I interview Air Force veteran and psychiatrist, Dr. David Estep.

We’ll learn about PTSD, and begin to understand how to help those we love who have gone through traumatic experiences.

If you’ve struggled with PTSD, listen to learn that you’re not alone, understand what you’re feeling, and begin to heal, starting today.

How to Come Home from your War, Part II [YST Podcast 008]

In this episode of You Start Today, we discuss what it’s like to come home from war.

No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War was published by Zondervan. It’s my story of going to war and my long road to recovering from it.

All of us have to face war in our lives in one form or another- literal combat, disease, failed relationships, death, financial problems, etc.- and learning to heal from the wounds our wars cause is critically important if we want to survive and thrive.

If you want a better tomorrow, you have to make changes in your life, and you have to start today.