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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Find Joy in the Ordinary

Most of our time is spent in a state of the ordinary; doing those things we have to do to get by.
It is here in this place that we should find our deepest joy. Living for extraordinary moments to come to find that joy would be such a waste of life.
Yesterday morning as I drove to work along a hilly, isolated road, enveloped by the predawn darkness, brisk cold and falling snowflakes, I thought, "how beautiful is this moment?"
I was alone yet so connected to life.
A smile from a student, a greeting from a coworker, a hug from your children, a cup of coffee waiting at your desk, these are moments of joy.
Knowing that you are where you were meant to be, pursuing a dream, 
being loved by others, all moments of joy.
Joy comes from knowing that somehow, even in the smallest measure, you have made someone's life richer.

Perhaps the greatest joy comes simply from being alive and being connected to that which makes you you, your spirit.
May your journey be blessed as you find your joy!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tell Me Something Good!

Wouldn't it be wonderful if a more that a fleeting segment of the news was dedicated to uplifting human stories?
Mankind needs that.
Every time I watch the news I'm bombarded with atrocities, devastation, natural disasters, the depravity of men.
Surely there is so  much more to the human condition than this.
Tell us good things, show us images of God's landscape, infuse our minds with hope.
If not then what is the purpose of life.
We should not live in fear but in grace, appreciating that the majority of people are good.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Do you Belong Here?

From the minute we are born we are seeking to belong in this world. Finding our place among men is not easy. And if we are not round pegs then the difficulty of this journey is magnified ten fold.  

One of the most challenging things to accept in life is that we will not always be welcome at everyone's table. 
The group of girls in the playground  may not like your hair and so they turn you away.
The cool clique in high school may think your clothes are dorky so they turn you away.
The people in your office think you're too smart, too good looking, too ambitious so they turn you away.
The academics snub their noses at your many years of experience so they turn you away.
Family members forget to call you, your supposed girl friends lose your number, professionals ignore your success and never acknowledge your work.

Your space at their tables is reserved for another.
And for awhile these people may defeat your spirit.

And then one day in a moment of pure clarity you see the truth.
They don't deserve to have you at their table.
In that moment you are freed.

So set your own table and invite only those who respect you, love you and appreciate you for the gift that you are.

And use a checkered table cloth :)
Have a great day!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Begin Anew

Begin Anew

It's a New Year, a New Day, A New You!

We don't have to wait until the clock strikes twelve on December 31 to make new commitments to ourselves do we?
Maybe we do. 
Somehow this one night has that kind of effect on many of us. 
It gives us the opportunity to reflect on all that has come to pass in a year and to move forward and hopefully make some improvements.
What did you promise to do:
lose weight, travel, write a book, bridge a broken relationship, take care of your health...
There are so many choices.
I offer this.
Perhaps this year you can take your soul out of the box and stop living your life according to what people expect of you. Haven't you done enough of that?
Each life is just a whisper in time.  None of us comes out alive so be true to yourself.
Live each day like you're going to a party. Celebrations only come once in awhile but life happens everyday.
Dress and look your best. 
Speak kindly to others. Words are inexpensive.
Give freely
Love abundantly
Ask for what you what
Be fearless
Each day do one thing that feels right to you.
Nothing stays the same forever so embrace change.
And no matter what your faith, gives thanks for your blessings.