Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values
It’s the day after Valentines Day.
Some people had a great Valentines Day, others did not.
Just as some people have great relationships, some not.
“I can’t believe it,” she said, “my best friend told me that she heard that my sister has been sleeping with my boyfriend. When she got home I asked my sister about the rumor. She didn’t deny it, ‘He’s was gonna break up with you anyway.’”
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
No one needs a “holiday” to show love, but it’s a day like Valentines Day that can catalyze kindness.
1. Say “Thank you.”
Most people don’t take the time to express appreciation for their loved ones. This Valentines Day – before dinner, at the lunch table, in the break room, on the phone, through a text – take a moment to say something specific that you appreciate about that person.
2. Give a handwritten a note.
Text. Twitter. IM. Voxer. Cell phones. Apps. Every communication seems to be instant and electronic. This Valentines Day try something new – actually old – write a handwritten note!
Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
For months my son Josh would invite me to join him at the gym he works out at. Sometimes I went, sometimes I didn’t.
More often than not I had an excuse not to; I was too tired or busy (or lazy).
When I was young and fit, fitness seemed to take so much less work.
When I was “little” I was full of energy. I’d play all day only stopping when I had to go back home.
I’d annoy my parents by getting up too early.
Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012
Dear mysilentscream.com readers, thank you so much for taking the time:
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I turned 50 today.
Before this year I never though much about fifty.
As I look back, look within, and look forward I feel grateful.
– Grateful for all those who carried me in the past
– Grateful for all those who support me, encourage me and follow my example.
– Grateful for all the great role models who travel ahead of me.
God reminds us, “In the same way, younger people should be willing to be under older people. And all of you should be very humble with each other. ‘God is against the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.’ ” [1 Peter 5:5, NCV]
Posted on Friday, December 2, 2011
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values
This week my friend Adam took the time to sincerely, and publicly offer his thanks to people that have helped him through a rough stretch of life. Almost fifty responses later I appreciate that Adam and those who responded to his gratitude have exposed something missing in society — a cultural shortcoming — sincerity.
Sincerity is missing in our society.
Far too many people hide their motives in manipulation.
Adam is a caring, compassionate, courageous, but conflicted person whose worse battles in life have been with himself.
Yesterday I reminded all of us about 12 Times to Say “I’m Sorry.
Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011
in Emotional, Financial, How To, Social, Spiritual, Values
Black Friday and Black Friday week ads are everywhere.
I’m not immune to greed.
I want an iPod! I’ve never had one.
I drive a ’96 minivan. I want a new car.
I want Batman: Arkham City. It looks so fun!
I want Dave Matthews Band Eurpoe 2009 CD/DVD collection. I love that band!
I want a bottle of Angel cologne. It makes me smell so good.
I want a Wii to play games with Amy!
While we’re inundated with marketing strategies this week, I was determined not to shop for what I don’t need. In order to cut my greed I decided to cultivate generosity by remembering what I was thankful for this past year.
Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
Yesterday after church Amy and went grocery shopping. I love the grocery store. I couldn’t shop for you and love it, because my shopping joy is wrapped up in my absolute delight in the anticipation of eating and enjoying the food I am gathering.
As I reflect on my trip through the grocery store aisles I’m struck with three amazements:
1. I am amazed at how many foods that are for sale I never eat.
Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011
in Emotional, How To, Social, Values
5 Stop Signs
1. Stop believing the lie: Life isn’t always fair. Accept what you must, and change what you can.
2. Stop before you regret it: Think before you act. A moment today may cause pain for years.
3. Stop & notice: See the beauty in people, in nature, and in yourself.
4. Stop to appreciate what you have: Family & friends, talents, opportunities & useful stuff.
5. Stop & have fun: Hanging out, talking, laughing and playing and makes some of the best memories.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Would YOU like to read my story?
My guess was your answer might be “Maybe. Yes.”
Yesterday, I began telling “my story.” The “why” was told then.
You can read it here.
I Love My Parents
I was born at a very young age. That’s the joke I often tell.
I’ve seen the paperwork. Here’s a photo of when I was really little, but I don’t remember anything about that time. These two people do.
My mom, Karan, and my dad, Paul, welcomed little Scott into the world in the fall of 1962.