Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized
We all make decisions; some wise, some not. Each new decision we make cuts a path through the unknown. As we continue to choose similar choices the path to repeated decisions becomes easier. A difficult fresh-cut path now becomes a leisurely stroll through familiar territory.
Eventually once we continue walking the same path over and over and it becomes well-worn path, a road and eventually a four-lane highway with speedy travel to the same destination.
All that sounds fine, unless our path is destructive.
Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 in Uncategorized
I have an unlocked iPhone 3GS running IOS 4.1 because a year ago it’s all I could get working with my carrier T-Mobile.
I took some great footage of a Bela Fleck concert and I didn’t know how to get the 2.6 GB file off of my phone.
I looked for help.
The best help was in a Lifehacker article “The Best Desktop File Explorer For iPhone” in which they suggested we use the FREE iFunBox program to upload and download freely from our iDevices.
Note: iFunBox has both a Windows and a Mac version.
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
Yesterday was my wife Amy’s birthday.
Amy is one of the most caring and unselfish people I know. She is often a benchmark of selflessness. More than once I thought I should wear a W>W>A>D> bracelet to remind me to ask myself, “What Would Amy Do?”, in order to overcome some of my natural selfishness.
What is one way that I can intentionally give up some of my selfishness today?
I try to have high moral standards, but I think that question is a fair question to ask every day.
My selfishness unintentionally compromises the health of my relationships.
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 in Uncategorized
Healthy role models break the cycle of shame.
They emotionally and spiritually empower healthy communities.
How can you recognize a safe, healthy church, synagogue, workplace or family?
Here are ten attributes of healthy communities:
Are emotionally stable
Are caring & supportive
Promote and practice honesty
Have appropriate expectations
Maintain respectful boundaries
Persevere through inevitable relationship challenges
And, love one another
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Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 in Uncategorized
Genuineness trumps tension, and shame crumbles too.
Blessed are those who:
1. Quit pretending about their sin.
2. Quit hiding their mistakes.
3. Quit hiding their pain.
4. Are willing to feel and be humbled by their guilt and pain.
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Posted on Monday, October 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
Last week I wrote about shame. You can resume that series on shame we had some fun with it, defined it, and practically explained how culturally bound and complicated shame-filled groups can become.
We choose to use shame because it seems to work.
Sadly, shame is insidious, it destroys its loyal supporters. Fortunately, shame but does not have the final word.
Shame can be defeated. This week I will offer some solutions which may help you and your loved one overcome shame.
Awareness of Needs
Addressing legitimate needs with genuine solutions is one key solution.
Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 in Uncategorized
She sat with her back to the wall. Slumped over with what looked like the weight of her world on her shoulders. Tenderhearted and caring she was weighed down with pain.
She acted tough because she was strong, but even tough people can be tender and she was both.
Dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt. She had painted her nails with black nail polish. She looked “goth” long before “goth” became a fashion statement, trendy and a feature on SNL.
While it’s not a requirement to talk in our TreeHouse support groups most teens take advantage of the opportunity to talk and to listen, to hear and be heard, to understand and be understood.
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Caring About Cutters & People I Don’t Understand…Like Me
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Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
Do you see a challenge ahead that seems HUGE?
Are you uncertain of what to do first to change the way you’ve done things?
Forming a habit can be easy, but many times it’s a significant change in perspective.
Jesus Christ challenged his listeners with perspective changing, mind-altering, statements.
“Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” [Matthew 17:20]
Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011 in Uncategorized
One day while clowning around with my skateboard I rolled it across the floor. I ran up to my deck and launched myself chest-first onto my deck like I was running in the water and diving onto a surfboard. It was a cool idea…in my head; until I hit my head.
I didn’t account for the fact that when I landed my neck would flex. It did. My head snapped down. My chin hit the floor. I split my chin to the bone shearing off a chunk of my chin bone.
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Heroes Arise From The Scars Of Their Past
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Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2009 in Uncategorized
“While the H1N1 virus has sickened tens of thousands of people and closed summer camps in a season when there should be little flu activity, it has killed far fewer than the 36,000 Americans who die from seasonal influenza each year. ”
I had not idea — no idea — that the “flu” was so deadly. I was blind to the pain and suffering that people experience.
In order to protect themselves many people defensively protect themselves with masks.