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Seconds Count

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Think about it. It takes a second to conceive a child, and it takes a second to smile. A heartbeat is likely about a second, as is a breath. It takes about a second to say, “I love you”, and about a second to caress someone’s hand or face. And when all is said and done, it takes about a second to die. The “wisdom literature” tells us that eternity is set in people’s hearts, but for now, I am very aware of the ticking of the clock. Eternity is “big”, but seconds count.

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Running Late, Doing Great!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

My wife just might be one of the most positive people in the whole, wide world. She just rushed into my office to announce, “I’m running late, but I’m doing great!” How is THAT for evidence that life’s challenges do not have to make us miserable? Come to think of it, her outlook is likely what enables her to be so consistently happy with me!

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In The Palm Of Your Hands

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Have you ever held a life in your hands? I suppose all kinds of things are going through your mind right now. Sure, a newborn child counts. Dying “brothers in arms” count too. Life beginning, life ending, but what about YOUR life? Do you realize that you hold your very own life in the palm of your hands? That counts, a lot! And with every person you meet, in some way, shape, or form; you hold their life in your hands as well. Be tender, be careful, be compassionate, and be intentional with your love. Hold all life this way, always, mindfully certain that you’re leaving it with your special touch of "Life, healing, and light™".

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Loved Ones

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Do you readily think of your “loved ones” as both “loved” and as “ones”? Do you believe that they deserve your love, no matter what? Can you respect their “oneness” even when it’s challenging? Please take these questions to heart. Your answers can make all the difference in the world.

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Destiny? Legacy? Easy!

Friday, January 01, 2016

The people you encounter today are your destiny! Engage them with an open heart, treat them with respect, and leave them all just a little bit better than when you found them. Remember, what you do with your interactions today will eventually become your legacy. Make it positively lasting! Of those you meet today, how will you “show up” in their heads and hearts tomorrow?


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An Exquisite Exchange

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I think the best relationships are based on a principle of mutuality. Mutuality is an exchange of persons, which says, “I am yours, and you are mine”. It says that if something bothers you, then it will bother me. Mutuality says I am open to your point of view, even if it takes me a while to understand. It takes a lifetime to perfect, but mutuality says that when you take a breath, my chest will rise. Mutuality says that whether you are near or far, I will live my life as if through your soul. Of course, this implies a natural desire to always know the other more deeply. In mutuality we never lose our sense of self, but our sense of the other is disciplined to always be greater. The measurement in mutuality is that each gives one hundred percent, and no one keeps score. Can you imagine a relationship where two people are committed to this principle?

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Rhythms of Grace

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Eugene Peterson in “The Message” says, “Learn the unforced rhythms of grace”. I don’t know about you, but I feel good just saying it out loud. Grace is love in motion, and it “cuts people slack”. Think of that someone who did something stupid in traffic "to you", as if it were personal. Well, I’m pretty sure you’ve done some stupid things in traffic too. You’re fuming that the checkout person is slow, holding up "your day" as if it were by design. Guess what, there have been times when you’ve slowed people down as well. In fact, if you really think it through, there is very little that so-called irritating people do to you that you haven’t done to someone yourself. And it’s more than just “cutting slack” with a “holier-than-thou” attitude. The “unforced” part says it becomes natural to express grace with encouraging thoughts, words or gestures (and get this) because your humble heart doesn’t register an offense in the first place! There’s no second-guessing what another person did when grace is born of humility because it says, "Live and let live". Here’s what it looks like. You'll smile and give a wave of “I understand” to the guy who just cut you off in traffic. You'll tell the clerk who is moving at less than your pace something good you notice about them, and make their day! And the “rhythm” part, you ask? Well, think of a special song that picks you up like a marionette and compels you to move in smooth, rhythmic and effortless ways. Now THAT’S the loving motion by which we give grace! It just flows, moving and grooving with a life of its own. Remember, “If love makes the world go ‘round, then grace keeps it on its axis.”

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The Gift of Love

Saturday, December 13, 2014

She read this to me from her journal, and asked what I thought.

“I see myself putting you first, and you putting me last. Then I see glimpses of you putting me first, just in your own way. But, does that count? If you put me first, but in your way, is that love? Certainly, it’s a gift, if you give anything at all, but for me, it’s only love if you put me first, in my way.” 

To which I replied.

“I think there is a difference between giving to give, and giving to love. Perhaps it’s because a gift primarily satisfies the giver, but only love can satisfy the hand that receives.” 

Gifts are great, but love is better. This year, if you give, then simply give love.

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Hearing Rules!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

"Thomas listens, and he hears too!" That is a cherished accolade from a wise professor many years ago. So, what does it mean to really hear someone? It means being in their midst; understanding. This means standing "as if" you’re in their shoes without losing the "as if" quality. It means setting yourself aside so you have room to absorb their thoughts, and the feelings that go with them. Hearing means you are listening with openness to the possibility of being transformed at the level of your heart. Do you want to know if you're listening or hearing? Well, then here’s the test. If you're just listening, you will be quick with your opinion, argument, or defense when (or before) the other stops speaking. This is selfish division. If you're hearing, then quiet awe will prevail when their words stop, and at least for a moment, it seems only one person is in the room. This is transcendent connection. Listening is good, but hearing rules!

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Please Judge Me

Saturday, August 10, 2013

It’s incorrect to judge, right? Wrong! We have intellect, conscience, and a heart. For me, that’s evidence that we are supposed to make judgments all day long. We don’t condemn. We don’t form prejudice. We don’t hurt people. We judge to love people! We have intellect, conscience, and heart to apply to ourselves, and to our relationships, for the good of all concerned. We imply love when we say, “Look, what you’re doing is wrong. I want you to stop”. Parents do it for kids. And when they grow up, kids should do it for their parents. We should all do it for each other. To judge creates a boundary, and the last I checked, boundaries are a good thing because they support deeper knowing and intimacy. And by the way, when we say, “Great job”, we have indeed made a judgment. Please judge me. If you don’t, I’ll come to believe you don’t care.

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