Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
in Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
I’m on a search.
I’m looking for an honest person.
I know I sound cynical, skeptical and maybe distrusting, but, well, I am. It’s one of the risks of the work I do. People, good people, trust me with the deep, dark parts of their lives.
Though I feel incredibly honored, respected and trusted, it also reminds me how often “honest people” can be various shades of dishonest depending in their circumstances.
Posted on Friday, November 29, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Millions of shoppers drive recklessly, hunt hopefully, relate rudely, and waiting impatiently. For shoppers, shop-owners and employees alike Black Friday is day we need recovery.
3 Black Friday Recovery Tips
Black Friday Recovery Tip #1 – Stop: Stop believing a gift will make you more lovable. Stop hoping. Stop trying. You are always a lovable person. Our Creator knows what we truly need, all efforts to define ourself that exclude our Creator are doomed to fail. Stop.
Dan Adler’s song All I Need is You is a wonderful reminder of what’s really going to bring us hope and satisfaction in life.
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
in Relational, Reviews, Spiritual, Values
If I see a movie in a theater, I almost never pay full price. Last night was different. Last night was special. We saw the Day of the Doctor.
I started watching the BBC program Doctor Who during the 1970s. I sat with a couple of friends more than thirty years ago watching my first Doctor Who episodes.
Last night I sat with those same old friends watching another “old friend.”
The Doctor traveled in his TARDIS. He used his favorite tool the Sonic Screwdriver. He faced his adversaries the Daleks and their fearsome threat, “Ex-ter-min-ate.” And as the audience expected, The Doctor saved the day with morality, wisdom and cleverness.
Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013
in Relational, Reviews, Spiritual, Values
Twenty-two year old Chris Walker, the main character, starts to doubt his faith during his senior year of college.
Chris is struggling with his faith in God, but Chris is also struggling with the complexity of his other relationships too.
“Had he really done it? Broken his engagement? Given up Ashley forever? The Ashley he’d had so many wonderful dates with and spent so many hours spilling out his heart to? The Ashley he’d pictured himself spending the rest of his life with?
For a moment, he thought of jumping up from the table to chase after her, begging her to forget what he’d said.
Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013
in Education, Emotional, How To, Relational, Values
As 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.
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
in Education, Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
It’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.
Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013
in Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values
Sachin Tendulkar – Cricket’s Babe Ruth – is retiring from the great sport of Cricket. I’ve never met Tendulkar, the man known as the “Little Master”, but I do know my neighbor and friend, Tyko Jaddunath. I wrote about Tyko and Cricket last year, but today Tendulkar is retired and Tyko plays on.
My neighbor, Tyko Jaddunath, plays cricket for the Minnesota Windies.
Last summer I went to their Cricket match.
Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Values
Sunday I wrote about the passion of Dick Butkus Hall of Fame football player. I want to have a clear passion for life. I admire those who do.
Last night I wrote an email to a VP from a prestigious restaurant chain on behalf of a friend.
I work at the Brooklyn Park TreeHouse. I’ve been part of TreeHouse since the 1980s and few of my TreeHouse alumni have been as passionate and enthusiastic about his career plans as Fernando Bueno.
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Sunday I wrote about the passion of Dick Butkus Hall of Fame football player. I can relate to his determination. I want to live the rest of my life as if it might be my last day passionately reflecting God’s love – God’s fierce love – for us.
God inspired Paul of Tarsus to explain how: “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed their sinful nature to his cross. They don’t want what their sinful nature loves and longs for…They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do.” 1
Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus #51 was arguably the most intimidating player to ever play football. Other players admitted that they were flat-out frightened of him.
Besides being a ferocious and determined player, Butkus was an intelligent player. He had great vision, instincts, and effort, but he also studied game film – long before it was common – so that he knew what the opposition was likely to do on offense. At the snap of the ball, Butkus seemed to fly to wherever the play was headed. He played every game as though it were his last… 1