Archive for July, 2008
If you recall, 9 weeks ago I posted a blog about my niece joining the Army.
Well, she just graduated from boot camp.
We went to Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri for the event. There were hundreds of them there and most of them just 19 or 20 years old. BABIES!!
The thing I keep thinking is these kids are going to be the ones fighting for our country in this very unsettled world we are living in.
Their chances of seeing wartime duty is very good.
Today, I just ask you to pray for the men and women in uniform and their families.
I fear the uncertain days ahead will leave more of them paying the ultimate price for freedom.
God Bless America.
Life is noisy. The phone’s ringing, the baby’s crying, the TV’s blaring, the dog’s barking. You name it, right?
Often, I think, we go day after day without a moment of meaningful silence.
Okay, you say, what’s the big deal?
Well, it’s only in quiet time that we are able to visit with ourselves intimately.
It’s a time for healing, a time for calming, and a time for searching.
Time well spent.
3 Things to do to create quiet:
1. Turn off the TV/Radio ( This mas feel uncomfortable at first, stay with it.)
2. Pick a place you like to relax in.
3. Set a definite time period aside for quietness. (Try 5 minutes to start.)
I’m gonna hush now so you can be quiet.
I was having a meaningful conversation with a friend today.
We laughed, we cried and before we knew it nearly 2 hours had passed.
A piece of the conversation was about following your heart.
You really can’t go wrong when you do what you know is right for you.
Whatever the consequences, it will be worth being true to yourself and understanding to others.
If you are facing a situation and wondering what to do, do the thing you know is right and the rest really will work itself out.
A heart-felt talk with a good friend is the stuff that great days are made of.
Special thanks to Brandi Henson for her contributions to this posting.
Got problems? Sure. We all do.
What we don’t seem to have enough of sometimes are solutions, right?
When you’ve exhausted every logical answer, perhaps a look around might pay off.
Solutions can be found in the most unrelated places to the problem.
It has been said that Henry Ford got the idea for the first assembly line construction of a car from a slaughter house.
3 exercises that might generate a creative solution:
1. Go ahead and explore a subject you’ve always wanted to know more about but couldn’t come up with a good reason to spend the time on it.
2. Choose a successful person you have an interest in. Learn something of their challenges and how they surmounted them.
3. Pick up a magazine you wouldn’t normally read and thumb through it. Observe the articles. What are they writing about? Observe the advertisements. What are they selling?
The idea is to walk far enough away from the trees that you might be able to look back and see the forest.
While spending a long weekend on the beach, I was watching a family of 5 when it became clear they had lost one of their children.
The mother was screaming hysterically what sounded like, “Byron, Byron!”
Some people around her including myself went over and asked, “What’s he wearing?” She replied through her bursting tears, “ blue shorts with orange frogs, he’s carrying a yellow bucket and a blue shovel, he’s 3 and he can’t swim!”
As the lifeguard came to handle the situation, we set out in all directions combing the beach looking for a lost little boy.
We had gone nearly ½ mile up the shoreline when I began to think he couldn’t have come this far. And then I saw a lifeguard coming holding the hand of a crying child wearing, guess what?
I was never so happy to see blue shorts, orange frogs, a yellow bucket and blue shovel in my life.
I said, “Do you have our lost boy?” See the minute I got involved he was my child too.
He said yes. I rubbed his little blonde head and tried to comfort him by saying, “all right, your mom is waiting for you, good job.”
At that moment, and every time I have thought about it since, I am unable to hold back the tears.
The loss of something so absolutely irreplaceable is devastating. Equally as emotional is the joy of finding it again.
Love on your people today.