AN AFRICAN PARABLE: INSIGHTS AND APPLICATION

PARABLE Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.  It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up.  It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death. APPLICATION Get your rest. Wake up early. Focus.  Know what you plan to accomplish. Get going.  Take action.  Don’t tarry. Achieve your goals. Find a quiet spot to rest. Reflect on your day. Feel good about what you accomplished. Plan tomorrow so you’re ready to go early. Rest. Continue reading AN AFRICAN PARABLE: INSIGHTS AND APPLICATION

TEN “DEADLY SINS” THAT CAN DESTROY A RELATIONSHIP

Over the years there have been many lists of “the seven deadly sins,” including one popular version by Ashley Cooper. Below is another version, only there are ten on this list instead of seven.  Each item on the list is POSITIVE in nature but, if used inappropriately,can destroy a relationship. TEN “DEADLY SINS” THAT CAN DESTROY A RELATIONSHIP TRUTH — if it is used to hurt others. TOLERANCE — if it leads to apathy. LOYALTY — if it becomes blind obedience. LOVE — if it is given with conditions that have to be met. FAITH — if it becomes divisive. … Continue reading TEN “DEADLY SINS” THAT CAN DESTROY A RELATIONSHIP

PARABLE OF THE GIRL NOBODY WANTED

In one of the border skirmishes that the Russians had with the Ukrainians, little six-year old Anna‘s parents were killed and she was placed in an orphanage. Americans often visited the Ukraine to find children to adopt.  On this one occasion, a group of American couples were at the orphanage talking to the children, hoping to discover at least one child that would appeal to them, one they could adopt and love and take home to America. Anna was never chosen when the Americans came.  Perhaps it was partly her unkempt appearance.  Perhaps it was partly the smudges on her … Continue reading PARABLE OF THE GIRL NOBODY WANTED

THE MIRACLE OF RETRIEVING YOUR MEMORIES

  In the mysterious deep recesses of your mind is a special private place, a safe and secure BANK, where thousands and thousands of wonderful MEMORIES are stored. All the special moments in your life are neatly filed there….forever. Every precious moment you ever experienced. All the people you ever knew. All the hopes you ever had. All the dreams you ever dreamed are there. And by some MIRACLE you can send a signal to that space and instantly RETRIEVE any one of those MEMORIES and RELIVE it. You can pick and choose what you want. Many of the MEMORIES … Continue reading THE MIRACLE OF RETRIEVING YOUR MEMORIES

WHAT HAPPENS “IN BETWEEN” HELLO AND GOODBYE IS IMPORTANT

The older I get, the harder it is to say goodbye to the people I love. Yet I try to be realistic. Time may last forever but LIfe does not. All we have to work with and enjoy is “in between” HELLO and GOODBYE. It’s what we do with the “in between” that counts and where our focus should be. It’s the “in between” that makes us feel fortunate to have had the OPPORTUNITY to LOVE someone who is hard to say GOODBYE to. Though the distance  “in between” may be close or far away, OPPORTUNITY allows us to DO … Continue reading WHAT HAPPENS “IN BETWEEN” HELLO AND GOODBYE IS IMPORTANT

GROWING A HEART THAT LOVES UNCONDITIONALLY

May I grow in my ability to love others unconditionally, without restrictions, without expectations, without demands. May I learn to accept others for who they are, as they are, and all the baggage they carry, and not try to change them. May I grow a heart that loves others at their worst, and always be ready with open arms to hold and support them at their weakest. Continue reading GROWING A HEART THAT LOVES UNCONDITIONALLY