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May 28

While Sitting In A Coffee Shop

Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

CoffeeBeansHere are some coffee beans. I’ll miss them.

“While sitting in a coffee shop” won’t be in my vocabulary for a couple of weeks.

For the next few weeks I’m taking my son Josh’s challenge – and joining a couple family and friends – who are assessing their intact.

Portion-size is by-far my biggest problem, but foregoing caffeine is part of the challenge.

Nov 21

Compassion & Generosity

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom. 

The first lesson the wise would teach us is Don’t Hold Grudges
The second lesson was Take Care Of Your Health.

Compassion Makes Sense

Compassion is more important than pleasure. Many people intentionally blind themselves to the needs of others. When I didn’t listen to my mom my mom would call it “selective listening.”

Mar 23

Keep Your Love Alive – 100% Human

Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values

Everyone I know is selfishness; some more than others.

It’s funny and sad, but I have met so many people who actually don’t struggle with selfishness at all.  They believe that their selfishness is a right, a responsibility, an entitlement, a debt, an only source of hope or their single hope of survival.

Trapped in a delusion of autonomy those kind of people are the users of society.

Fortunately, and I say this carefully, fortunately, for those people we have tragedies.

Tragedies expose our humanity.

Mar 15

Keep Your Love Alive – Work Together

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in How To, Relational, Values

I cannot speak for everyone nor everyone’s situation, but I believe that trials are often a blessing in disguise in my life.

All our trials, great and small, can bring more of the two best things in life: love for life and love for others.”, wrote Gary Smalley.

Chuck Swindoll said, “There’s a old Swedish proverb: A shared sorrow is half the sorrow and a shared joy is twice the joy.”  It’s been a great joy to find that when I have trusted trustworthy people with my hardship they help me carry my load.

Mar 14

Keep Your Love Alive – Honor One Another

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011 in How To, Relational, Values

I was driving home Thursday night after midnight.

As my headlights illuminated the shoulder I noticed a guy walking down the street carrying a gas can.

I pulled over and waited for him.
I offered him a ride to the gas station, he accepted.
I introduced myself. His name is Dave.
I told him I’d return to drive him to his car after I finished what I had to do.

I returned for him a couple of minutes later.

Dave walked for a ways, so on the return journey we had time to talk about our jobs.