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Jan 3

Coming Clean. Staying Clean.

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, Values

I returned to my office following a week of vacation.  It was just as I left it.
– Books on the bookshelves organized, neat, and flush with the front of the shelf.
– CDs in the rack free of fingerprints and scratches.
– File folders in five file drawers alphabetized, organized, and current.

Lot’s of things were properly cared for before I left.

Coming Clean

That’s not all there is in my office.

My desk is a mess.
I had unsorted papers in bins.
I had unsorted CDs stacked.

Jan 2

This Year Let’s Have Patience

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

This year is a new year.
Join me.
Let’s try a new strategy:

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them—every day begin the task anew.
—Francis de Sales

Quoted in More Than a Bucket List by Toni Birdsong

Jan 1

More Than A Bucket List by Toni Birdsong

“More Than a Bucket List will challenge you to go for that hole-in-one at Pebble Beach, to become an amateur chef, to scale K2. But it will also encourage you to view these accomplishments from God’s point of view and to make your bucket list matter eternally along the way. With each page, the dream inside you will be drawn out—the higher dream of what God has purposed for you.”

The author challenges her readers to choose positive values:
Pursue laughter.
Live your dreams.
Honor the strength of others.
Fight for love.
Be a Good Samaritan.
Become a more positive person.

Dec 31

Parties & Problems

Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

You freely admit it. You’re a social guy. It doesn’t matter where the action is—you want to be in on it. Who wouldn’t want to hang out with his best buddies on a Saturday night?

On this particular Saturday night, however, there’s a problem. Your parents are out of town for the night, and you promised you’d stay home. Alone. As in you, yourself, and the family goldfish.

But then Drew calls. The movie’s over, and the guys are looking for a place to chill. Nothing wild, just to hang out, play some Xbox, unwind. You know you should say no. You gave your word. But Drew can be persuasive, and he knows your parents are gone. Before you know it, you’ve invited five guys over.

Dec 29

New Year New Courage

Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Synched together with rope I approached the rock.

I called out “On Belay?” I received the reply “Belay On”. I responded “Climbing”. Followed by “Climb On.”

My friend David Villringer learned to rock climb.  David’s courage and determination were both admirable and seemingly unreachable.  Graciously and patiently Dave taught me to climb.

David climbed the Tetons.  I struggled at Devil’s Rock.

I lacked both David’s strength and his will.

I wanted to climb, and I wanted to succeed, but I wanted NOT to get hurt far more.

Discomfort & Disappointment