Relationships

  • Inspiration Can Come From Unexpected Places

    Sometimes we need to get out of our normal routine in order to find inspiration.  If you never seem to get out of the office, take a walk at lunch time.  If you want to see your child in a new light, go with your kid’s class on a field trip.  If your church life ...

    Posted at March 21, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • We Cannot Please Everyone

    There will always be people who do not like us, no matter what we do to win their praise or affection.  But, that is as it should be. When I was in high school, an acquaintance got me to ask my mother to do something for her.  This girl, who was rather indulged by her divorced mother, was distressed when ...

    Posted at March 7, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • The Distance Between East and West

    Quite surprising it was – and reassuring.  A wonderful end to a long day. Recently, our family prepared for our son’s college semester abroad, in Taiwan.  Getting supplies.  Tracking down documents.  Sharing dinners at favorite restaurants.  Hanging out.  After all, he does not plan to return for six months.  The ...

    Posted at February 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • What Type of Competition Motivates You?

    Our daughter was never very competitive as a young child.  She was not highly motivated to get the top grade or run the fastest.  But, then, she found something she loved: horses.  She embraced the competition and found her work ethic. As a teen, she began competing in horse shows.  Marilyn used to ride Stormy, a pony that ...

    Posted at February 21, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 2 Comments
  • Good Competition versus Bad Competition

    Why do Olympians work hard?  The answer is that they will be competing against the best in the world.  They work their bodies and harden their minds to compete at the highest level.  In contrast, people who believe that they are much better than anyone else – or much worse -- may have little incentive to work hard. I am ...

    Posted at February 14, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • How to Attend Funerals Guilt-Free

    The worst kind of guilt is the guilt that we cannot resolve – we cannot apologize because it is too late. When he was young, my husband heard the story of a guilt-ridden adult ...

    Posted at January 24, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Kindness is Under-Rated

    Simple words.  Deep truth.  They came from my cousin, Jim, during a long-ago visit.  We talked of the world and loss and difficulties. “Kindness is under-rated,” said this gentle man.  We focus so much on the big things that it can be easy to forget the importance of treating another with kindness. His words have resonated in my mind ...

    Posted at January 17, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • The Essence of Relationship: Taking Care of Each Other

    Popular culture often represents relationships in terms of what another person can do for us.  But, for a relationship to last, that connection must be mutual.  If we only give, that can become exhausting.  If we only get, the other person will run out of emotional energy and the relationship will suffer. Yes, agreement on key issues is critical, but successful long-term relationships are more about acceptance and compromise than they are about serving ...

    Posted at January 3, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • The Fruit of Faithfulness

    As Christmas approaches, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem.  But, the trail to the manger began many lifetimes earlier. For those who know of the early Israelite fathers of faith, the names of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are well known.  Next, this Biblical family tree had a little-noticed and surprising twist. We have all known someone like Leah.  She ...

    Posted at December 20, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 2 Comments
  • When Pride Gets in the Way of Effectiveness

    There are two types of pride. The first represents satisfaction in a job well done.  This type encourages us to continue our efforts.  When we are proud of others, we reinforce that they are on the right track. The second type of pride is when we think – and act – like we are superior to others.  We may feel good about it, but those ...

    Posted at December 13, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
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