April 29, 2010
READY8 “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
AIM8 I feel like sooner or later I’m going to catch myself not knowing if I’m coming or going, or doing them at the same time. I realized yesterday afternoon that I didn’t get my weekly Arrows message out to your inboxes in a timely manner. However, I just had to stop and catch my breath and capture a few moments of life. So last night, instead of doing things on my perpetually long to-do list, I enjoyed time with my children. Occasionally, I’ll treat the kids to a pizza picnic and tonight seemed like the perfect night. They got home from school, did their homework and we promptly left to pick up a pizza. Once back home, the kids spread a blanket out on the living room floor and we ate pizza while watching a family movie together. Truly, our pizza picnics have been wonderful ways to capture a few extra moments with my children. I make sure to put away all of my other activities and I don’t multi-task when we’re together. We hang out, laugh, cuddle and just enjoy the evening without interruptions. What a refreshing break from my crazy, hectic, too-many-things-to-do life. So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
FIRE!8 When life gets crazy and you catch yourself coming and going simultaneously, what do you do to slow down and capture a moment? If nothing else, take a hot bath. Perhaps Calgon can help take you away!
April 21, 2010
READY8 “Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.” ~ Matthew 7:5 NLT
AIM8 Is it just me, or does it seem like everyone is quick to criticize others and slow to compliment them? Life can be pretty depressing if we really sit down and look at everything we, as humans, are faced with on a day to day basis. Most folks struggle to find the right balance between going to church, working hard at their job, spending time with their family, volunteering for organizations, finding time for themselves and the countless other things that pull them in a thousand directions. Sadly, even when life appears to be in order, someone always comes along and points out our faults, inadequacies and failures. Why is that? No one is perfect. However, for some people, it’s so much easier to criticize the behaviors and actions of someone else rather than to speak words of praise over her. Does it really make you feel better about yourself to point out another’s flaws? If you are being honest, I hardly believe so.
Can you imagine what our world would look and feel like if people were kind to each other and spoke words of love and praise about each other? Who really cares if a little item was overlooked or forgotten? Did that person make a positive difference with her endeavors? Then have the courage to tell her! Simple words of encouragement are what turns around sour attitudes and changes negative behaviors. The smiles of acceptance and hugs of support will lift people up and carry them forward.
Friends, have you been criticizing in places where you should be praising others? Perhaps, we should first examine our own lives and actions to be sure our motives are genuine and our actions pure, before we speak out of turn. In these trying times, when it may feel like our very nation is crumbling around us, we need to spend more time building each other up, not tearing each other down.
FIRE!8 The next time you feel the urge to complain about someone or how she is performing an action, bite your tongue. Just pause, think about what you were going to say, and find something positive to compliment instead of making a critical remark.
April 13, 2010
READY8 “You can’t move forward if you keep looking back to where you’ve been.” ~ Bob Bodkin
AIM8 Are you at a crossroad in your life and don’t know which way to turn? Have you felt stagnant? Like you know there’s something bigger and better you should be doing with your time. Perhaps you were offered an exciting job promotion, but it’s for a new area that is unfamiliar to you. Maybe you are in an unhealthy relationship and you know it would be best for you to step out. My friend, you cannot move forward in life if you keep looking back to where you’ve been. Yes, the things you’ve experienced in life help shape your character and assist you in making future decisions. However, if you hover in the shadows of your past, you will never get to experience the sunshine and abundance that come with your first step in a new direction. You know what they say, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So, what are you waiting for? Just do it! Do you need trumpets to blow or banners to be raised with the answers to the questions about your uncertain situation? Well, consider me the instrument to give you the nudge you need to take that step in the right direction.
I know that your new decision may come with some growing pains, learning curves or uncomfortable circumstances. However, YOU know that you haven’t gotten this far in life by always taking the easy road. You have gone through difficult times, made tough choices and put forth hard work to get to where you are right now. Challenges, schmallenges – you can do it! Whatever crossroad you’re facing today, know that you have the courage to face every obstacle and turn it into an opportunity for success. Oh, and by the way, I believe in you…even if no one else does. Now, you need to believe you can do this.
FIRE!8 Trust. Have faith. Believe. You were born to succeed! Now…go do this thing!
April 6, 2010
READY8 “Laughter is the best medicine” ~ Author Unknown
AIM8 Some days are better than others, agreed? On those yucky days, give yourself a boost by laughing. The act of laughing releases serotonin, increases endorphins and improves the human immune system. See, you will physically feel better after enjoying a good chuckle. So, what do you have to lose? Go ahead, laugh!
A Minnesota couple decided to vacation to Florida during the winter. They planned to stay at the very same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday. His wife would fly down the following day.
The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an e-mail to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her e-mail address, and without realizing his error, he sent the e-mail.
Meanwhile.....somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister of many years who was called home to glory following a sudden heart attack. The widow decided to check her e-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she fainted.
The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:
To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I've Arrived
Date: 16 May 2003
I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send e-mails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is not as uneventful as mine was.
P.S. Sure is hot down here!
FIRE!8 Read the comics in the newspaper, search for an online joke website or recall a funny memory. Do yourself a favor and find a reason to laugh and feel good today. :-)