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!
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, including:
1. Don’t Hold Grudges
2. Take Care Of Your Health.
3. Compassion Makes Sense and Giving Is Better Than Taking
Today is the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday. A nationwide marketing “holiday” to trigger sales in anticipation of holiday gift-giving and gatherings.
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]
Stresses weigh us down.
When we’re screaming nonsense, pounding on walls, swearing about our circumstances, and mumbling under our breath, we need hope; because , “A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.“ 1
Worries tighten us up.
“If you are cheerful, you feel good; if you are sad, you hurt all over.” 2 Fortunately, there’s hope.
And, now’s an ideal opportunity to introduce you to an uplifting, hope-filled song by India.Arie.
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 Wednesday, November 23, 2011
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Jesus was a the temple one day and a crowd of people gathered. Jesus sat down and began to teach them. As he was speaking, in the middle of his lesson, a group of religious people rushed up to Jesus dragging along a woman who had been cheating and was caught having sex with him.
Ahem, let me repeat that CAUGHT IN THE ACT of adultery.
Two things stand out here for me. One, the incredible shame and humiliation of being interrupted, caught, captured, paraded and “posterized” as an adulterer. Second, if she was “caught”, where’s the guy she was with?!?
Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011
in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Values
I’m not a hunter, but I can relate to the feelings that many of my hunting friends have enjoyed. I love thinking about food, the hunt for food, capturing my food, preparing and consuming my food.
My love for food — like many loves — can easily be mismanaged.
I loved Arby’s “5 for $5.95″ deal. I remember sitting in an Arby’s with a freshly filled bag of Arby’s Beef and Cheddar sandwiches — toasted bun, piled high with sliced beef, a doll up of tasty cheddar cheese, complimented by Arby’s Sauce and Horsey Sauce. Since Arby’s no longer sells that amazing sandwich a quick search turned up the nutrition information. 1
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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