I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.
I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.
I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.
I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.
I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.
I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.
I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.
I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.
I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.
I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will.
I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.
Most every Hammond we could find……
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
Most every Hammond we could find……
Scott Hammond This is unfair,
In no particular order, and trying to avoid listing BEST OF AND GREATEST HITS albums—- I’d say..
1. The Beatles: Revolver, White Album, and Abbey Road amd …OK -Sgt. Peppers
2. Van Morrison-Tupelo Honey
3. Fleetwood Mac-Rumors
4. Pink Floyd–Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here
5. Various Artists–Woodstock Album
7. Jimi Hendrix-Are You Experienced
8. Yes–Fragile and Close to the Edge,
9. Beach Boys-pet Sounds
11. Rod Stewart-
12. David Bowie–Ziggy Stardust
13. Carole King–Tapestry
14. Eagles-Hotel California,
15. Rolling Stones–Let it Bleed
16. Bob Marley-Legend
17. Allman Bros.–Live @ Fillmore East
18. Neil Young-Harvest
19. David Gilmour-Live in Gdansk
20. John Lennon—Imagine/Plastic Ono band
21. Led Zepp–1 and 2 and 4.
22. Allman bros.–Eat a Peach
23. Elton John–Madman Across the Water/
24. The Kinks: Victoria,
25. janis Joplin–Pearl
26: Van Morrison–Moondance
27: James Taylor–Sweet Baby James
28: The Doors–LA Woman
29. The Band-the Band
30: Eric Clapton–Layla
LEADERSHIP AND LEADING LIKE A LEADER
|“Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time…”
Leaders press on and press in; they run counter to the culture of convenience or opinion.
Think about your personal leadership. They see life as a chance to identify your purpose, position, passion, and posture and then begin to live as though your life makes a real difference—because it does! Here are some ideas on how to show your leadership
1. To Impress or to Influence?
Would you rather impress someone or truly have an influence in their life? Impressions are on the surface; therefore, they are often superficial. Influence, on the other hand, is often real, honest, and requires far more time, patience, resources, and relationship.
2. Your Life’s Lessons.
Many of our life’s lessons are made up from our experiences, relationships, and mistakes. Have you been honest with your fears, failures, frustrations, and feelings? Can you safely share these with others who can benefit from your mistakes?
3. Your Disposition.
Is your disposition credible, vulnerable, real, and genuine? Do you act and speak with genuineness and transparency in the way you treat others? Are you believable, touchable, straight up, humane, and do you have integrity?
4. Leadership’s Purpose.
People are the priority. Are you able to connect with people and are you a relationship builder? Do you serve and meet needs? Do you truly love other people unconditionally? Can you allow love to define your purpose and thereby your leadership?
5. Posture of a Legacy Leader.
Do you live in a mental posture of being open, teachable, and always learning? Are you able to lose preconceived notions ideas and attitudes? Do you walk and live in the art of possibility in your day-to-day living? Can you be a life-long learner or do you get stuck in old paradigms and ruts of thinking about life?
6. Passion and Legacy.
Passions define leadership. What are you passionate about? What causes, groups of people, or issues do you champion? What would you do for free if it were possible? That is your passion.
7. Your Mission in life=People.
Do you want to leave a legacy of love for those around you? Then invest yourself in quality relationships with people. Be an example to follow. Serve others. Be communicative and relational with those in your life, world, and network. Press in and take the initiative.
Developing Dynamite Topics
Speaking in business is a key skill set. You will be judged by not only the words you use—but in how you use them. Become an exceptional speaker and you will win in business. This is true for a CEO, salesperson, or any front-line staff. People will judge your company by your ability to communicate the values and culture of your business.
What Is A Dynamite Topic?
Find YOUR Hot Topic in your industry and set yourself apart-fast!! Develop one that people remember. Find a memorable topic–something people will resonate with. This is not the same as a hot or trendy topic—Make it unique, memorable, and “you.”
Hot Topics vs. Dynamic Topics
Hot topics are the same as they’ve always been—Motivational, inspirational, sales team building, etc…
The problem with hot topics—they have too much competition—not so with a truly dynamic topic.
Trendy and hot topics are hot for a short time—then they fade fast—consider Miley Cyrus …
The danger with trendy topics is that they die out.
Why you want a Dynamite Topic
A dynamic topic reduces the competition–Think of how many voices there are—this will set you apart from the pack. This unique topic narrows your audience—you become unique and singular and one of a kind. Start by narrowing your topic down.
The Importance of Passion
Why you need passion…You will spend a lot of time on the subject
Reading, researching, note taking, rehearsing and more—you will “own” this topic.
What books interest you?
What television programs do you watch?
Is there a topic that people keep asking you for?
That’s one you should concentrate on—find out what your audience wants and what you are passionate about.
Developing a Niche
What do you know that’s unique? Do you have credibility?
You may have studied a very specific subject very intensely—what do you know?
You are already an expert in something. Finding what it is can be a challenge
Be controversial if you can–People like contrarian views.
A. Must have a hot title otherwise no one will remember it
1. Brief–3-5 words is best
6. Ask a provocative question
Testing Your Topic
Once you have a topic you must carefully analyze it…
Do audiences ask for more?
Do people ask you to expand on it?
Finally, find your passionate, dynamic topic and develop it. It will set you apart and you will be the expert in your field. Go for it—you know stuff no one else does—You have embedded knowledge…..help us and teach us what you know.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor. (1 Corinthians 12:18-23)
Sitting with my son through an entire church service is no easy task. As a matter of statistical fact, most parents of special needs children choose to not attend church (or they attend sparingly) because of the stress that accompanies potential, attention-grabbing disturbances caused by their child’s disability.
It’s easier to stay home and stay out of the congregational eye—the eye that seemingly stares and judges and blinks and winks.
“Yet the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.”
Indispensable: Not subject to being set aside or neglected; absolutely necessary; essential. (Merriam Webster)
My son is a 20-year-old autistic man with the cognitive mentality of a 2-year-old child, yet he is indispensableto the congregation of Redemption Church. He cannot speak (although he can make plenty of noise) yet he isindispensable to the worship service. He constantly kicks the chair of the person in front of him, he claps during the quiet times and cannot sit still for five minutes, much less the length of a sermon. Yet he isindispensable to the church—indispensable to the Body of Christ.
How can the least become essential and the weaker become indispensable in God’s seemingly backwards, upside down and inside out church body? With Jesus as the head, let me show you a picture of God’s great grace in the Body of Christ—His Church.
It’s Sunday morning and Jake is sitting in the very back row of the sanctuary. We are not placed in the back because we are unimportant; we choose the back mostly for strategic reasons. A hasty exit is sometimes required. Four seats are reserved for our family. This is just one of the ways our church ministers to us.
My wife sits on one side of Jake and I sit on the other. We take turns stroking his arms and his back to keep him calm enough to sit through an entire worship service. His mother runs her fingers through his thinning auburn hair. It has always been Jake’s sedative.
But this service is different. The pastor has just preached one of his final messages from an entire sermon series in the book of Romans and has come to a key verse that obviously catches Jake’s attention. The verse is Romans 16:16 “Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.”
Jake perks up and listens as the pastor begins to apply the text, asking the congregation, “Why don’t we do that anymore? Why don’t we show affection in the church? Why don’t we greet each other with hugs and kisses? Why are we afraid of touch?”
Jake nods in approval of the pastor’s plea and gives an affirming grunt—his unmistakable, “Amen!”
I give my wife that silent look. She knows what it means. We have learned to speak clearly without words over the years—across rooms, through crowds, over noise, and in church. It’s a head slightly tilted forward, wide-eyed, pursed lip look. A nervous mix of, “Isn’t that cute” and “Batten down the hatches, something is about to happen!”
The pastor continues as he concludes his sermon. “We’re going to try something new today. (Just what every good church member wants to hear) After The Lord’s Supper, turn to the person next to you and give him or her a hug. And show some affection!”
You could feel the uncomfortable anticipation creep across the room as people began to think, “Is he serious? We have to touch each other, beyond a casual handshake?” I imagined what the visitors were thinking that morning; some after sneaking quietly into the room, now were exposed to their worst fear—being ousted from their anonymity and physically embraced by complete strangers.
People were looking around the room, checking out their neighbors, their prospective huggers, and the nearest exits.
I honestly remember thinking to myself, “If some guy tries to kiss me, I’m going to put him on the ground.” My heart began to drift—like hearts do, when they are afraid.
But the man-child moved to the edge of his seat and leaned in to the pastor’s words.
As the final prayer was prayed, the “amen” was sounded and the congregation dismissed, people began to mill uncomfortably towards each other. Some even tried to head for the door and avoid the offending invasion of their personal comfort zones.
The pastor gently prodded, “Come on now, find someone to hug before you leave!”
Two or three married couples at the front of the church, closest to the pastor, did a lean in shoulder bump with a patronizing pat on the back. Then a few more followed suite, as most of the congregation simply did not know how to respond to the awkward invitation and were content to go through the motions to please the pastor.
And that’s when it happened.
That’s when the broken little toe led the foot, and the foot led the leg, and the leg led the body, and the weaker member became indispensable.
Jake sprung from his seat and bolted into the isle before we could catch him. He ran straight over to an older gentleman (who was trying to exit the building unnoticed and presumably untouched) and nearly knocked him off his feet with a bear hug. It wasn’t gentle and it wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t short lived. Jake held onto the man until I could get through the crowd of people to pull him off. The stern look on the man’s face told me this was an uninvited intrusion into his wide, impermeable bubble.
But just as I began to unwrap Jake’s grip from the victim’s shoulders and apologize for the inconvenience, I noticed wetness in the older man’s eyes. Jake held tight and the man resigned his objection; his body went somewhat limp as sternness melted to a smile and unsure hands reciprocated the embrace.
My son finally released the man and I thought all was well and complete, but before I could redirect Jake back to his seat or to an exit door, he broke loose again. This time instead of restraining him, I let him go—because sometimes you have to set people free to experience the greatest freedom yourself.
He ran to hug another, and another, and yet another. He was laughing and jumping and hugging and loving. It was sloppy and loud and rough and painful. And the entire body was watching and learning and discovering what “indispensable” really meant.
Soon others joined in and the hugs spread like sparks jumping from a small, intense fire. As the wind of the Spirit blew where it pleased, the sparks turned to flames and raged through the church. But the only thing that burned up that day was the long-standing boundaries around comfort zones of personal pride and inward self-esteem.
People were laughing and talking and whooping and hugging—real hugs—feet off the ground, cheek to cheek, steal your breath hugs. And unbeknownst to most of the congregation, Jake was in the middle of it all, like an imprisoned apostle set free; like a preacher without a voice, called by God to “go and make disciples”.
That Sunday started something new for Jake, and something new for the local body of Christ at Redemption Church—a sort of mini revival set afire by the unsuspecting, silent ember of one indispensable blazing heart.
Now every Sunday he sits, waiting for the end of the service. Waiting for the Lord’s Supper, the closing benediction and the final “Amen”. Not so he can get home and watch Sunday afternoon football or fix Sunday dinner or take a Sunday nap. Those things are the farthest from his simple mind.
He lives to apply the meaning of the message with complete lack of inhibition for his unbridled, bubble busting, in your face, knock you to the ground, God honoring, Jesus exalting, Spirit saturated —joy!
Sometimes it’s loud and painful. Sometimes he pokes an eye, or lands a knee, or leaves a slobbered wet spot on someone’s clean Sunday best. Sometimes we have to restrain his ambition just a bit for the protection of the elderly and the petite. Sometimes we wince when a visitor gets picked for the embrace. It’s usually awkward and it’s almost always uncomfortable.
But every Sunday after church, the real worship begins in the heart of obscurity. And an autistic, non-verbal, disabled, man-child shines like a white hot spotlight of God’s grace for the motley, multifaceted church body to see and understand—
“God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as He chose. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor.”
We have all had those days when it seems like we cannot get anything done because there are so many things or people vying for our attention. Some people have the gift of flexibility and can be stopped in mid project and continue to be joyful. They are able to change their minds and happily give someone or something else their attention. But then some of us do not have that gift and it is oh so difficult to change our plans for what we wanted to accomplish. For those of us in the latter group who have children it can turn into a power struggle between the needs of the children and getting accomplishments met.
My mom is one of the hardest workers I have ever met. She woke up in the morning and began her day with breakfast and then read her Bible. Then she would set out with an agenda of what she wanted to get accomplished that day. She did not write things down but we all knew she had a mental agenda that she was bound to accomplish that day. We lived on three acres that needed mowing along with a small pond that needed cleaning regularly. We also had a few livestock and some dogs. Along with the house work that needed done and the cooking this was a big job. Dad’s work took him out on the road during the week and by this time we kids were in school so she was pretty much on her own. But on the weekends or in the evenings she was still going strong and our help was solicited.
We did our chores but it was nothing like the hours my mom put in. If anything would come up to change her agenda she was not a happy camper. Now I am not saying that if one of us was hungry or hurt that she would not take the time to stop because she was a very loving mother. But if you just wanted to chit chat or asked her to stop and do something, anything, else it did not go over well. She would gently explain that she had to complete the work she had planned for the day. This sometimes got very annoying and even sometimes hurtful because of her lack of flexibility. If someone would drop by she would acknowledge them but tell them she was extremely busy and did not have time to talk.
Over the years we have gotten very upset with mom over this work ethic of hers. Since she is a Christian and loves the Lord very much and reads her Bible every day over the years He has changed her heart. He has shown her the opportunities she has missed in doing His work or blessing someone else because of her lack of flexibility. If you read the Bible you probably know the story of Mary and Martha and how Martha was busy with the work while her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to Him teach. This is an example of flexible and inflexible people. Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen what was better. He was not saying that work did not have its place, but when something more important comes up we should be able to stop without it upsetting our whole day.
This is true when it comes to the things of the Lord but it is also true when it comes to our children or anyone in need. And for those workaholics like out there like my momma, that does not mean that you always stop because things do need to get accomplished. However you should make people a priority over getting things done.
Ken Myers is the founder of http://www.longhornleads.com/ & has learned over the years the importance of focusing on what the customer is looking for and literally serving it to them. He doesn’t try to create a need, instead he tries to satisfy the existing demand for information on products and services.
Your personal narrative — in business and life
Scott Hammond/Business Sense
”Assumption is the mother of all (screw) ups.”
– a guy in that one movie
Everyone has a narrative in their life. It’s how we explain life, people, business, relationships and more. It’s the story we tell ourselves about others — their motivation and attitude — it’s our way of explaining how people, business and life operate.
The problem with our negative narratives is that we’re often dead wrong in the way we perceive things. This could not be truer than in business and the marketplace. In business, it is imperative we be accurate in our assessment of reality. Our company life and success depend on it.
The narratives we tell ourselves in life and business are often incorrect or incomplete. The problem is that we misjudge in our “narration” of others and call it “reality” and therefore often respond and react inappropriately. Bad decisions are made and even compounded. An example of this might be when a leader judges or “reads” another when they have absolutely no idea about the reality of the situation of that person. Leaders often make decisions based on wrong assumptions, bad data and poor interpretation of the facts. This phenomenon is problematic both in professional and personal life.
Relate this to customers, stake holders, competitors and the marketplace at large — we can end up completely misunderstanding an entire situation — possibly, even an entire relationship. The fundamental problem with our own “negative self-narration” is that it often leads to poor action, responses and results. This can lead to loss, bankruptcy, broken relationships — and not to mention business failure.
Negative business narration has three directions it can go:
Internal negative narrative — this type of “negative business narrative” tends toward our own self-justification and judgment of other’s internal drives. This is where we find it easy to presume we know the inner workings of other’s motivations, attitudes and how they think. Here, we find it easy to vilify others and justify ourselves. This is a narrative in which we can never see ourselves as wrong. When we vilify others, we often excuse ourselves. The phrase that is used is “excuse and accuse.” When we think like this, have no need for personal responsibility. Poor decisions are made when we presume to judge the motivation and intention of others. We can make all kinds of crazy happen in this state of thinking.
External negative narrative is where we perceive just the external circumstances and draw our conclusions. This is based on what we can perceive only externally. Here, mistakes in good judgment happen and the results are often disastrous. We have poor data with which we interpret and then make poor decisions. Garbage in, garbage out — more crazy decision making.
Assumption is the fuel of the negative narrative way of thinking. It is based primarily on guesswork. We all know what assumption means! When we assume that we know all about others and how their circumstances “seem,” we are on shaky ground.
This practice based in narrative negativity will result often in a life cut off and sequestered from others. This bitter “Lone Ranger Mentality” rules the day in many leaders, cultures and businesses. This kind of leadership is frightening. One thinks of Hitler or other autocratic leaders and shudders at the thought of this thinking drawn out to its logical and frightening conclusion.
So, what are the solutions? How can you and I prevent or redress becoming a “Debbie Downer”?
1. Have openness about life, people and relationships. Know that we have little or no control over others. We have incomplete information about others and no real way to know it all. What we really need is a new narration — the ability to be open and not get into the temptation to tell a story about others when we really don’t know all the facts. How can we possibly know the whole story about someone or the situation or how they got “there”? Be all about getting good, solid facts first!
2. Be a person of possibility. This starts with believing the human condition can improve, learn and evolve. We can learn to grow and actualize and enlighten personally, spiritually and mentally. This is not an easy task — but we actually can get better! We can learn, grow and leverage our strengths and weaknesses! Give others the benefit of the doubt. Stop the temptation to be the judge and jury. Trust some folks and their good intent. Take wise risks in believing in people. You’ll be surprised how trusting someone can really result in some positive outcomes and benefits. People thrive in a culture and atmosphere of genuine trust. Trust me!
3. Have trusted advisors. Stay close and value people in your life who are not afraid to push back when you begin your negative narration. Have business and personal friends who will challenge your dominant paradigm. Give someone the freedom to ask you hard questions and question your judgment and way of seeing things. This relationship will take time and trust.
4. Catch yourself. When you begin to mentally “go” negative — notice it and stop it. Get into the habit of stopping your own negativity and replace it with something more positive! Tell a new story or simply resist the tendency to tell any narrative at all. Be in the moment with people and be free to just experience them as they are. This truth can open the door to unknown and limitless possibility in life, business and community. Now go and re-tell your story today.
Scott Hammond works at Suddenlink Media and lives in McKinleyville with wife Joni and 5 of their 9 kids. His blog is www.BecomeaBetterFather.com and www.EveryDayDad.org and can be reached @ email@example.com.
TRUE STORY….GABRIEL HAMMOND’S BIRTH
This is our true and heartfelt story of turning pain into passion. This is a true story of our beloved son, Gabriel Hammond.
It all started with the ultrasound at the local Mad River Community Hospital. The ultrasound revealed the possibility of Down syndrome. The two-dollar question was did Gabriel have Down syndrome? Meeting with the doctor, she told us that yes, Gabe did have Down syndrome.
No one prepares you for the disappointment, loss, fear, and many of life’s potentials forfeited when you learn that you have a baby who has Down syndrome. The feelings of new parents of kids with down run from anger to depression to frustration to resignation. It is like the six phases of grieving. It feels a bit like a death within the context of birth in that it is a death of a vision. A parental hope and dream of what could have been most likely will not be now with this new twist of having a “special need”. It is a feeling, ultimately, of being lost in a world of unpredictability and not having a map of where you are going. This is truly “uncharted water”. That feeling of fear and sense of loss will be forever ingrained in my heart and mind. We knew nothing of Down syndrome or special needs kids. To this point, we’d had six healthy children and had never met anyone with Down syndrome or any similar disability.
As we learned that our Gabriel had Down, we really had to dig deep and see if we could find the upside of Down syndrome. But, fear ruled the day. Who is our boy? What will he be when he grows up? Can he play football? Will he go to college? Will he be “normal”? Will he get married? Will he have children?
The lessons learned have to do with my deciding to have the right perspective, attitude, actions, and behaviors. The decision to love unconditionally is ours alone. This unconditional love, stemming from the decision to love Gabriel, has transferred some of my pain into a perspective which is surprising, refreshing, and very interesting.
The lessons we learned include:
• There is no one-time fix. This is a long-term journey requiring a long-term approach.
• A positive mental attitude and my positive confessions are not enough to get me through.
• Whereas Gabriel may have a disability of his intellect, there is none of his spirit.
• His worth has very little to do with his intellect or ability to contribute to society.
• We’ve learned to give without expecting anything in return and love him unconditionally.
• We learned to love freely, regardless of the payback.
• We learned that everyone has special needs. Some of us just hide them better!
My commitment as a father begins with loving my son and equipping him by helping him receive the best- In every way I am compelled to maximize his potential. I also need to maximize my potential to love, accept, understand, and help Gabriel where possible. My commitment is also to help my family to love Gabriel, to be patient with him, and to see past his challenges and focus on his many positive attributes.
My Mission Statement is this: “To personally and practically love, accept, and go forward in raising my son to his fullest potential with God’s help”. As I do this, I know that Gabriel has the potential to teach us to look for the things in life that are truly important. May I be as good a student as he is a teacher.
My hip surgery journey all started with an accident body-surfing in Hawaii. We are body surfing at the beach in Kona, and I came up and my knee was really sore. That soreness developed over the next four days into a really gnarly knee injury. When I got back to the mainland, I had an X ray done and it turned out my knee was fine, but my hips were not.
Turns out I had early arthritis in both my hip joints and boy did that come as a surprise! As 2012 progressed, I discovered more stiffness and soreness to the point of actually taking medication. I tried it all– I tried Pilates, massage, Rolfing, working out, training, physical therapy, and more. None of it worked. I was stuck till I got a referral to the foremost authority on hips at Stanford Medical.
I finally went to Stanford University on a referral to a doctor Michael Bellino. Upon reviewing my most current x-ray he revealed that I had progressive arthritis in both hips. He assured me that he would be glad to perform a bilateral hip replacement surgery on me as the pain increased and I was ready to come in. So, in early 2013, I decided to pull the trigger and scheduled a surgery date for a bilateral hip replacement surgery at Stanford University. I was so glad I did.
As June 4 rolled around I was ready to go. I was quite excited and fearful at the same time. As I rolled into my new blue scrubs for surgery, a chill came over my heart and soul but was quickly replaced by sense of opportunity. I realize I was going to get a half-million dollar surgery on two joints that were shot. I realized the gift that was being given me, I became anxious and a good positive way–Real paradigm shift…
The surgery went well and I was told it was textbook in every way. The stay at Stanford is awesome. They’re like I five-star hotel in every single way. The trip home was long and hard and I got sore. Once at home, I realized that’s where healing begins. The home environment is the perfect healing environment and I have an awesome wife who made that happen. What I realized is that I needed time and medication and patience.
It’s been 50 days now since surgery. I have done it all. Drugs, walking, physical therapy, crawling the walls, occupying myself on Facebook, and so much more. What I realize is just this:
Number one, the love of God.
Number two, the love of an awesome wife.
Number three, the sense of the need to relax and let Life and healing unfold.
One thing I learned is to let life happen. As a type “A” personality; it’s so easy to want to get things done and be accomplished and to be successful and busy. One of the lessons I’m learning is to slow down and to enjoy my relationships. I really have an opportunity to enjoy my family. I’ve had an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the area I live in as well as the simple pleasures of life.
Another lesson I’ve learned is to trust God and to not panic as life seems to carry on without me. Things like the trash getting taken out, people at work getting the job done, and just being provided for in general have all happened without my assistance. Imagine that! Life goes on without me and you? How dare it……!
So, I’m just moments and days away from returning to work and life is I knew it. My hope is that it will be life not as I knew it –but it has it can be in some sort of a new permeation. I’m hoping to be is more relaxed and more grateful and more appreciative. One thing I am learning is to let life happen. With my DNA, it’s so easy to want to get things done and be accomplished and successful and busy. One of the lessons I’m learning is to slow down and to enjoy my relationships. I really have an opportunity to enjoy my family. I’ve had an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the area I live in as well as the simple pleasures of life.
Imagine that! Life goes on without me and you? They key is my relationships with people. My hope is that I can be quiet and be present and experience life, people, and God in the new more profound way. I’ll keep you posted…
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