Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Freedom is on my mind. In my opinion, freedom is one of our highest values.
And yet, true freedom includes understanding that we do not have the ultimate say, the ultimate choice or the supreme will.
“Responsibility means obligation, and obligation must mean a curtailing of freedom.” 1
“Humans love freedom like fish love water. They pretty much have to have it. Now, of course, what humans also love is having decent, clean, productive, emotionally rewarding lives. And that (curse that Adam and Eve!) means work. And work (curse that Adam and Eve!) means responsibility.”
“Love you gorgeous, I’ll be in there in ten minutes.”
It’s 2:00 A.M. I just said that as Amy woke from her late night nap and staggered off to bed. I’ve said similar things hundreds of times.
Schedules: Since we were married 27 years ago today I have gone to sleep second 98% of the time. Often times I am last to sleep and first one awake. We have almost always had different schedules.
It was Easter Sunday. It’s was probably a gorgeous sunny day.
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.
Angi, in response to Legacy Measuring Stick commented, “What is your legacy measuring stick? and “What’s a next step for you to make progress?” Not a clue…”
In case you missed it, I replied:
Isaiah and his listeners had a similar concern.
That’s why God taught them:
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!”
So, each of us should live present in the moment.
While we pray, listen and wait.
Give it time.
It will become more evident.
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I went to a funeral last week.
I looked around.
I captured the moment.
I saw the faces that filled the spaces.
The grief was clear.
The sadness is tender.
The care was genuine.
The affection was deep.
The appreciation was sincere.
I saw regret wash over some faces.
Maybe for Vern; the dear man who passed away. Maybe, or more likely, for words never spoken to others.
It’s true, “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” 1
So, on their behalf, and for each of us, here are two words of wisdom:
Today is the TreeHouse Gala. It’s a celebration of TreeHouse’s 30-year legacy of Love – Hope – Transformation.
This year our Gala theme is “Aspire: It’s Time To Reach Higher.” It’s a wonderful invitation and a challenge. It’s also an indication of the legacy TreeHouse is building on.
Here is what we have been learning about the impact of TreeHouse from Wilder Research.
Key findings for our four goals for teens:
98% of TreeHouse teens* report a decrease in at-risk behavior since coming to TreeHouse
Last night I was reading a book called, “Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome.” Not because I had any inclinations to have an affair – I don’t – but because there is “grass” and I don’t want to ever think that it’s “greener.” So reading about how her marriage is overcoming her affair and “How to Grow Affair-Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage” appeals to me.
“Blind Spots” led to her affair. “Blind Spots” led to the breakdown of their marriage.
We 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.
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014
in Reviews, Spiritual, Values
Love Does, subtitled “Discover A Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World,” is based on Bob Goff’s New York Times best-selling book, Love Does.
“Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those ‘we’ll go there next time’ … The sad thing is, for many there is no ‘next time’… love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.”
Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
This is a 1996 picture of our son Josh, our daughter Shannon and our dog Taz.
Taz was a miniature schnauzer; a little dog with a big-dog personality. Taz was fun and funny.
Taz loved people. Taz would find his ball and set it into your lap. He was inviting you to play with him.
Taz loved to play fetch.
Taz learned to flip his head and open his mouth at the same time.
In doing so, he could throw his ball back to you!
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Tomorrow is third anniversary of my second lease on life.
Tuesday March 1, 2011 I had a near-death experience.
While driving home – surprise – death came calling.
Death Came Calling
I was sitting at the intersection talking to my friend Jesse waiting to turn at the light. The green arrow lit up.
Time to go.
I started to turn left and stopped for no apparent reason.
My foot slowly rose off the gas pedal, for no apparent reason.