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Jun 17

A Fair Question

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Education, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

1157727_beggar_in_udaipurI’m watching a television show this week called, “An Idiot Abroad.” It’s an odd and somewhat awkward travel show “hosted” – I use that word loosely – by Karl Pilkington.

In the first three episodes Karl travels to China, India, Israel and Jordan. He visits tourist centers and rural outposts while assigned by the show’s producers to visit The 7 Wonders of the World.

Wonder

While traveling Karl comments freely on his personal inconveniences. He talks at length about his troublesome circumstances and his feelings.

May 21

Life’s NOT fair. What are they doing about it?

Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in Education, Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

CryingIt was Easter Sunday. It’s was probably a gorgeous sunny day.

Picture it.

Sunshine and sun dresses. Pretty hats and ironed clothes. Easter Sunday brings out the people who might have set church aside for a time. It’s a time to celebrate. It’s a time to remember the greatest event in human history. It’s a time for spiritual renewal and remembrance. Families reunite. Friends renew friendships. Songs fill their mouths. Joy fills their hearts. Smiles fill the air. Souls sail.

Unless…

Apr 29

More April Fools

Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Education, How To, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

flame3We all have blind spots in our life; misguided thinking, bad decisions and the like. Often times other people can see our blind spots but we either ignore, deny, or dismiss them.

On the other hand, sometimes we look at and assess others and assume what we see are their blind spots. Sometimes it’s us who can’t see clearly when we judge the lives.

Here are three people some would calls fools that I admire for their courage.

Three “Fools” I Admire

Apr 28

Exposing Blind Spots

Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 in Education, Emotional, Financial, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

God-hand-flickWe all have blind spots in our life; misguided thinking, bad decisions and the like. Often times other people can see our blind spots but we either ignore, deny, or dismiss them.

Last week in Rules Are FOR People I explained that we live in a reckless, rule-ignoring, freedom-focused society. Far too often in our quest for freedom we create a new blind spot.

Apr 17

Two Sources of Self-Esteem: Secular & Christian

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Education, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual, Values

broken_mirror_4When I think of self esteem I tend to lean one of three ways; three paths my thoughts follow.

1. I focus on my own self-interests, because I am selfish.

2. I focus on the my self-reliance, because I see myself in the mirror.

3. I focus on the tension I feel between my secular education and my spiritual life.

The following essay by Randy Alcorn effectively sets my paths straight.

Two Sources of Self-Esteem: Secular & Christian

Jan 23

8 Books I’m Reading Now

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in Education, Reviews, Values

ReadI love to read.

I prefer non-fiction.

I don’t dislike fiction; I like fiction, but I prefer to listen to fiction through audio books. Audio books remind me of listening to old-time radio shows while on long drives with my family when I was a child.

It’s football season, so I try to work a couple football books into my reading list. I recently finished Steve McMichael’s Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline (Tales from the Team). You can find the review here.

I’m nearly done with Drew Brees’ Coming Back Stronger. You can read some of Brees’ insights here.

Nov 27

Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in Education, How To, Reviews

Secrets of Dynamic CommunicationMichael Hyatt explains in the Introduction, “Whether you are a professional speaker, pastor, corporate executive, author—or are just passionate about a message—you can take your communication skills to the next level. Ken’s SCORRE system truly revolutionized my public presentations. The good news? What I learned from him sits right here, in this book. Within these pages, you’ll learn how to:
• dramatically reduce your prep time,
• communicate with more clarity and focus,
• increase your ability to connect with the audience, and
• craft speeches that leave an impact.”

Nov 25

10 Quick Finals-Week Tips

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013 in Education, Intellectual, Values

feeling face  set-36363_640DO schedule your studying times.

Do NOT neglect some playtime.

DO schedule phone-free times.

Do NOT blow off your sleep-time.

DO ask people with good study skills what helps them.

Do NOT neglect some time with family and friends.

DO drink plenty of water.

Do NOT rely on caffeine and energy drinks for energy.

DO eat healthy foods.

Do NOT rely on cramming if you can choose not to. It’s unreliable.

Disclosure: I didn’t always follow these tips, but I’ve learned these lessons from my poor choices, my good choices and the wisdom of others.

Nov 21

Destination: Dowling Ave

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Education, Emotional, How To, Relational, Values

0839_i94_wb_nearexit228As a twelve-grader I was, I was a “survivor.

I survived, not in a life-and-death manner that some do today, but as an endurance test.

Spanish class was my least favorite class, so it was there that I tested my endurance the most.

Since I was already watching the clock, I decided to see how long I could hold my breath. “Go!”
– More than 45 seconds
– A minute
– 75 … 90 … 100 seconds
I was silently feeling so proud when I finally made it to two minutes.
The best I ever did in high school was 2:04. I was so proud, and breathless.

Nov 20

12th Graders And Finals

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Education, Emotional, Relational, Social, Values

a reader book-1191434-mIt’s nearly Finals Week for many students. As Finals week approaches Seniors in high school typically have one of four responses. They might be Soakers, Succumbers, those who are Saddened and those who are Survivors.

Soakers – They soak it all in knowing that it can be a year of highlights they will enjoy for life

Succumbers – They succumb to “senioritis” and bide their time until graduation when they can take their next steps.

Saddened – They feel regret knowing that most of their classmates will graduate, but they will not– whether because circumstances within their control, or circumstances that they could not.