Sunday, October 21, 2018

To Fall or Fly


The calendar tells the story of a new season’s arrival. We feel it in our bones with the falling temperatures and brisk winds. Before long, we’ll admire colorful bursts of red and orange leaves while sipping hot chocolate or tea. We’ll exchange flip flops and bathing suits for boots, hats, scarves, and coats in anticipation of what comes next. Wait. Before jumping to ahead to winter, let’s pause to crunch the leaves, savor fall’s natural beauty, and hang on to the moment. It might feel like this: 
                                         https://youtu.be/rKUipxR3bDc

Given those conditions, they better hold on to something solid before they’re blown away. The wind plays a one-sided tug-o-war game and it’s close to winning. A slightly stronger blast will send someone flying. If you feel like unseen hands tug at your life, pulling you in directions you don’t want to go, who or what would you put on the other side of that struggle? 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Perfectly Safe


Some people keep a tissue conveniently tucked inside their sleeve like they perform magic tricks. I thought about the tendency this week after feeling a little scratch on my wrist. I pulled up my sleeve and a—wait for it—moth fell out onto the floor. Shocking. How? When? Why?

I didn’t know whether to laugh or head to the medicine cabinet for antiseptic. I did both. In the normal course of a day, you never know how things will shake out. Who would’ve expected this:

                                     https://youtu.be/Rqi3jpBSyCc  

This could be the ultimate magic trick, except it’s not magic. Instead of uncovering unexpected things from beneath our clothing, here’s an example of an extraordinary outer covering that should save lives. In the middle of a crisis, what do you rely on, pull out, or turn to keep you safe?   

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Nonstop Running


While driving, I glanced over at a drug store and watched a guy bolt from the front door and race down the street. Bystanders watched him fly by, and no one from the street or store cheered him on or stopped him. What caused him to run? Maybe he left his wallet at another store or received an urgent phone call. Or maybe his running represented  part of a larger plan. Something like this: 
                                         https://youtu.be/xf4eJgwrUyA

We manage our dreams in three ways: in wait mode, by running toward them or running away from them. One of those ways is counterproductive. You’ve probably caught yourself running away from a seemingly small task, yet important task. We all need inspiration stay motivated. Who will you call on to support the path you’re running?        


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Chew On It

Have you ever gone fruit-picking? There’s something special about walking up to a plant, plucking off delicious, sun-ripened fruit and plopping it into your bucket to take home. If you’re a gardener, you know the satisfaction of toiling in the dirt, watering for days and celebrating the results of your tender, loving care. It’s like producing a masterpiece!

Masterpieces come in all forms; fruit, flower and unusual plants remind me of great works of art and they require a similar patience before we can enjoy the final product. Everyone can appreciate cultivating a piece of food from a seed, but the definition of "art" varies by individual. Take a look at one man’s artwork:
                                             
                                          https://youtu.be/WSzkKEKcmN4  
How interesting that a kid’s preoccupation with chewing gum grew into a life-long passion and a career. Anything is possible once passion and creativity collide. What’s your passion in life and how can you use it to bring joy to others?     
               
Reprinted from August 2012  

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Your Bedtime Story


During a long car ride, one of our children complained that their book had no plot. I wasn’t familiar with the story, so I asked how many pages had been read. The answer: twelve. Once our stories stop flowing the way we want, we like to jump in and control the process. We prefer skipping boring parts, tossing aside bad sections, and boosting the excitement. When we overmanage our stories, they turn out like this:
                                         https://youtu.be/bWwOWTkZydA

The video featured a perfect picture book with good doses of drama and purpose sped up and ruined.  We make that mistake with the stories we read and the story we live. We’d like to skip the mad-sad-bad parts of life and keep the rest, but the mixture formed, and continues to form, us. What sentence summarizes the plot of your life story?     

Friday, September 7, 2018

Playing with Fire


None one remembers the number of times during childhood an adult advised us not to grasp a fragile item in a store, grab with a precious keepsake in a relative’s home, or touch a hot stove. We’ve heard Smokey Bear’s advice on not playing with matches or fires, and at some point, we’ve ignored the warnings. Watch a community ignore that well-meaning advice:
                                         https://youtu.be/5cg6Gl7SzAQ

This fiery, annual festival in El Salvador commemorates a volcanic eruption that occurred decades ago. Despite the potential for injury, the community relishes fighting fire with fire as spectators continue to support the friendly cultural tradition. Although the festival lacks rules, police and medical staff stand by to handle issues that might arise. Who stands by you to ensure you don’t get burned in life?

Saturday, September 1, 2018

A Golden Rule


Two rules to remember: don’t close your eyes while using a treadmill or while showering. In an earlier post, we reviewed the potential result of over relaxing on a treadmill and anytime the shower steam tempts you to close your eyes—resist! One misstep and you’ll have a problem. After I closed my eyes, I bumped the wall, but not hard enough to cause an injury. Few of us always appreciate rules, but watch what happens when we ignore them:
                                         https://youtu.be/_4Uucys-B8o  

Not fun. Well, the crowd had a huge laugh and even the officer took pictures. Most good rules are for our safety, not to limit our freedom. But, as we know, we have choices. Not following good rules leads to consequences and don’t we hate consequences? Which rule do you wish you had followed?