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Monday, February 29 2016


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“Our choice always is the same: save the world or savor it. And I vote for savoring it.”

Fr. Gregory Boyle

 

Happy Leap Day, friends!  I hope you are making this extra special day something special.  If you’d like to understand how Leap Day works, and it’s a bit more involved than you think, check out this link from National Geographic Channel:  http://on.natgeo.com/1TMwlI8   Very interesting.  Now on to our stuff.

 

Gloom and doom.  That’s about all we hear these days from pundits and candidates… gloom and doom.  Presidential campaigns are in full swing around the country and the messages are loud and clear: gloom and doom.  Everything is wrong, all is bad, who’s to blame, blah blah blah.  If I were easily influenced I could become a pessimist pretty quickly.  And many people are.

 

Politics aren’t the only pessimistic influencers.  Pastor, too (I pray not me…), neighbors, friends, well, just about anybody can be a pessimistic influencer.  Listen to the language; pessimists reveal themselves pretty quickly.  Yet science, and faith, tells us that our outlook strongly influences our experience.  Need an example of how you can change your outlook and experience for the better?  Look no further than the Father Greg Boyle.

 

Fr. Boyle works in a situation most of us could neither imagine nor accept.  He ministers to gang members in the most difficult part of Los Angeles.  You can read his story here: http://amzn.to/21Dx3sB   In a recent interview Fr. Boyle said a great change happened in his life and ministry when he realized his job was not to “save” people but to “savor” them.  “Saving” first sees the problem, the negative, the pessimistic.  “Savoring” first sees the good, the opportunistic, the possible, the enjoyable.  When Fr. Boyle began savoring his flock lives began to change.  The experience followed the outlook.  So what about your life?

 

Is your life dominated by that which needs “fixing” OR that which needs “enjoying”?  Are you more conscious of the “corrections” you need OR the “blessings” you have?  As you look around do you see more things and people who need “saving” OR those who need “savoring”?  Like Fr. Boyle your experience will follow your outlook.  I wish I had a “happy” pill to give you, but I don’t.  I wish making you aware of the issue were enough to create change, but it isn’t.  I’m giving you a gift today, one that can genuinely change your life.  Will you receive it?  Turn your outlook around, savor the life you have, see the good all around you, and begin to enjoy a life you never knew you could.  I believe you want this life, so get to it today!  And have a great week!

 

Luke 5:1-11

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Monday, February 22 2016
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Monday, February 15 2016


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“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”

Herman Hesse

 

Good morning, friends!  Did you wake to a blanket of powdery snow like I did?  However you woke, I hope the day has improved from that starting point.  Now, on to it…

 

The contrast of last week and today could not be more stark for me if it tried.  Last week I was so busy, so stressed, so pressured that even my 10-year-old son asked me if it was as bad (stress-wise) as Easter week.  I crashed on Saturday.  Today, we have the aforementioned snow that has closed schools and parked us at home for at least a day.  The roads may be clear but my Prius can’t make it up the snow covered driveway, so inside I am for a day.  And all is quiet and peaceful.

 

I imagine you have similar stories.  You work yourself into a tizzy.  You busy yourself into exhaustion.  You schedule yourself into confusion.  Rest is most often a byproduct of some other action: a flat tire, a cold, or a snowy day.  It seems like we’re doing ourselves no favors, to put it mildly.

 

I could waste my time asking philosophical questions of “Why?”, but I’d rather wonder “How?”  How can we better balance our lives to make room for peace, stillness, and quiet?  How might we value higher the benefits of regular rest?  How will we say to ourselves, “I will not work myself into exhaustion; I will balance life to be the best me at all times?”  Sounds like a plan to me.  How about you?

 

Believe it or not, you are the master of you and you are the protector of you.  Do whatever you need to do, now, to balance your life.  No one else will do if for you and it won’t snow enough to benefit you.  And you don’t need that many flat tires!  Create some slack in your life every week and know the benefits of the new energy.  I know you can, but will you?  Have a great week!

 

John 4:4-6

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Monday, February 08 2016


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“An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.”

Bill Bernbach

 

Good morning, friends.  I hope this week has begun with a new energy and excitement from you.  It will be the week you make it, that’s for sure.

 

Take a moment and read today’s quote again.  And one more time.  When I encountered this quote for the first time I was powerfully struck.  The very thought that an idea is a treasure, a gift, or a blessing is a game changer.  What are you doing with your ideas?

 

Sure, we cannot make gold out of every idea we have; it would wear us out.  Why do we have so many ideas?  As often as I like to say that our mind is our own worst enemy, I should also say that our mind is a powerful ally, too.  When you have a plan, or dream, or goal your mind will work overtime processing that end point into reachable targets.  So how do you choose among competing ideas?

 

I suppose one way to differentiate people is by the number of ideas that turn to magic; successful people just seem to turn more ideas to magic.  But does that suggest they have more ideas?  I say no.  You have ideas, great ones, potentially magic ones.  You need to make two decisions: which ones to act on, and the commitment to act.  That seems to be the desert for most of us.  How can you bring water to that parched land of dusty ideas?

 

In a gifted moment when you have an idea that will improve your situation or move you forward towards a goal value the idea enough to write it down.  Is it worth your time?  Will it help you?  What energy can you give it?  Create a habit of showing respect for your ideas and in time you might see more magic in your life.  And a little bit, or a big bit, of magic sure beats a pile of dust!  Do some magic, friends, and watch your life take off!  Have a great week.

 

Matthew 14:13-21

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Monday, February 01 2016


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“Big jobs usually go to the (persons) who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
Good morning, friends!  Can you believe it's February already?  Let’s get to it this week.
 
Recently the Powerball lottery reached the astronomical sum of 1 Billion +.  As with every time a lottery number gets high the dollars come flooding in from dreamers.  Say what you will about lotteries, the stories have become commonplace of ordinary persons overwhelmed by instant wealth.  Why?  The best narrative suggests an ordinary person is not prepared to handle a new few millions like a long minted millionaire, so they struggle.
 
But what of a person tossed into a job, or position, or responsibility for which he/she is ill prepared?  The outcome is predictable.  Sufficient evident is available to convince us that we grow step-by-step, so why do we think we can leap frog to our dreams?
 
This past year I developed the interest to add jogging to my walking regimen.  The program I use is a walk-jog program, easing into jogging but combining it with walking.  You begin where you are comfortable, say 10 seconds of jogging with one minute of walking, repeated, and you don’t increase the jogging until the current level is comfortable and easy.  Then increase it to, perhaps 15 seconds jogging and one minute walking, repeated over and over.  The point is to master a level before increasing the load.  Sounds like life.
 
Whatever your dream and however attractive it is, don’t expect to get there overnight.  You just can’t leapfrog experience, incremental success, and informative failures.  Take a step, master it, and then take another step.  That’s life.  It’s OK to dream of lottery wins, but life and success are step by step processes.  Make sure, however, your steps are in the direction of your dreams!  What step have you mastered lately?  What’s your next dream-word step?  Get going, you dreamer, and don’t give up.  I have faith in you.  Have a wonderful week.
 
Luke 9:51-56
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