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Monday, February 25 2019

“You must always know what it is that you want.”

Paulo Coelho

Good morning, friends!  I hope you are all well and dry today.  While it lasts, let’s not lollygag.  Let’s get to it.

Among my PE credits in college was a half-credit course in archery.  It was a summer morning class and we all tried hard to not shoot one another.  And we all learned that hitting the bulls-eye was easier said than done.  Day after day, shot after shot, we all aimed for that tempting centerpiece.  Any hit was celebratory; misses were lamented only for their distance from the center.  Sounds a bit like life, doesn’t it?

But what is your bulls-eye?  Quite seriously, most of us stopped visioning bull’s-eyes when we were young, first entering the job market, maybe even before that.  We all had dreams and then life happened.  Recently I learned a little acronym that speaks to this issue: KFC.

K: Know what you want.

F: Find out what you are getting.

C: Change what you are doing to reach your want.

Unfortunately what we do when life happens is re-adjust the formula of success.  Instead, it becomes...

K: Know what you want.

F: Find out what you are getting.

C: Change what you want to accept your results.

* You didn’t get the job you wanted so in time you settled into the job you got.

* You didn’t achieve the promotions you wanted so you settled into the level you are.

* You don't have the health you want so you accept the lesser health you have.

* You didn’t reach the goal you set so you decided just to live with the outcomes you have.

* Or maybe you simply lost track of what you were trying to accomplish today.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this gentleman before but he’s relevant now, too.  Bill McArthur was a first grader many years ago in a small town down east in North Carolina.  My mom taught him.  He grew up to be an Air Force pilot but he really wanted to be an astronaut.  He applied and was passed over.  He applied again.  Passed over again.  He applied again, and again, and again, and again.  Six times, six grueling, emotional, difficult applications and every time told, “No.”  But Bill knew what he wanted.  He didn’t quit; he renewed his efforts, changed what needed to be changed and applied a seventh time.  And on the seventh effort he was accepted!  Three missions, including six months on the International Space Station, and he had arrived.

I doubt you want to be an astronaut but whatever it is you want, whatever is your bulls-eye, you’ll never hit it if you don’t aim and keep trying, changing what needs to be changed.  Big or small, it matters not.  What matters is that you know your wants and you keep trying.  KFC.  Keep it straight.  And have a wonderful week.

Ephesians 4:20-32

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Monday, February 18 2019

“Move towards the next thing, not away from the last thing.  Same direction.  Completely different energy.”

James Clear

Good morning, friends!  I hope you had a special weekend, maybe some leftover experience from Valentine’s Day.  Or maybe something else special.  Whatever it was, it’s yesterday’s news.  Let’s not linger; let’s get to it!

Golf professionals often say that it’s hard to win from the front position.  Golf tournaments are usually four days long, four rounds of golf over four days.  The winner is the one with the best cumulative score at the end.  Rarely does a golfer take a lead on the first day and keep it all four days to the win.  Far more common is a win by the slow, steady golfer who makes their move on Sunday, overcomes the leader and sufficiently wins.  The person in the lead is always running away from the pack, while the pack is always running towards the leader.  Who, do you think, feels more stress?

None of us are professional golfers but we have plenty of transitions in our own lives.  Jobs, relationships, locations, dreams, all sorts of things in our lives often take about turns, from one to the next, from the old to the new.  And then we are presented with a choice: are we moving away from something or moving toward something?  Yes, I know we are doing both at once, but mentally we can only hold one effort in our mind.  And as Mr. Clear says, it is a completely different energy to move towards the chosen rather than away from the rejected or left behind.  Think about it…

* You may have left a bad job for a better new one, but do you want to carry the bad baggage with you?

* You have decided to pursue a better health initiative; is your best image the old you or the new you?

* Empty nest may be in your near future; can you really hold on to the past?

Examples are aplenty but the truth remains the same.  Eventually, we tire of moving away from yesterday and its realities, but when we have a new and better reality in front of us the energy to continue is powerful.  Dreamers always have the advantage.  Whatever the reality, the dream in their minds calls them forward every day to a new achievement.  There are very few, if any, great story of “leavers”.  Whatever you are naturally headed towards or by choice are headed towards, let that be your vision and ride the positive energy wave to new and greater successes.  Surfs up!  Have a great week!

Philippians 3:12-14

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Monday, February 11 2019

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Monday, February 04 2019

“Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.”

Howard Thurman

Good morning, friends!  I hope your team won last night.  I don’t support football for moral reasons so we watched a movie with the kids.  I say we won, but it’s open to debate.  Let’s get to the real business of the day.

Less I forget, let me first commend the works of Howard Thurman, our quote-ster for the day.  He was a brilliant man with a beautiful heart.  I recommend anything he wrote.  Now to the point.  This past Friday evening I was again participating in a ministry for homeless men in my community, feeding them a hot winter meal.  When we (the team) arrived at the facility we were met with a challenge.  Apparently bed bugs had been discovered the night before; we were cautioned to use every possible precaution.  When the homeless men arrived the check in procedure was greatly revamped for the challenge and as soon as that was completed the men were informed that typical comforts would be forgone for the evening, leaving them with only a bed mat and a fresh blanket.  Lacking a pillow was big problem and I’m not unsympathetic, but the griping was surprising.  It lasted a few minutes when one voice from among them spoke up and encouraged peace.  It worked!  And for a moment I was ashamed of myself.

We all have out tensions and stresses every day, multiple times per day.  We don’t (hopefully) have bed bugs or a lack of a pillow for a night but we have our issues.  I remember the last time I slept without a pillow.  I was a chaperone for an overnight camp.  Facing my challenge, I folded up my jeans and used them to elevate my head.  It was a hard night’s sleep, I assure you.  But that was 20+ years ago.  I suppose the quality of our problems reflects the status of our lives, but whatever they are we all have them. 

* The unsympathetic boss

* The selfish co-worker

* The arrogant customer

* The forgetful child

* The overwhelming work

* The lack of resources

* A health problem

Does the list ever end?  Perhaps the reflects the size of the problem.  We are so aware of the things, large and small, that can create challenges for us.  But are we equally aware of the joys and peace that balance out, if not in fact outweigh, any negativities of life?  In other words, we can choose to live in the dark clouds of life or keep our focus on the silver linings.  It’s our choice.  As for me, I’ll remember that homeless man, facing a night with no pillow, who loudly and lovingly said, “Put the shoes you have on underneath the mat to raise it up like a pillow.”  Let that be your silver lining today.  And have a wonderful, wonderful week.

2 Corinthians 11:16-33

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