Have you ever tasted heirloom tomatoes? Their shapes aren’t uniform, nor are their colors. But oh, the flavors!
Half empty or half full? Each new day, we have a fresh choice of how we look at our lives, our circumstances, the “hand we’ve been dealt.” What are you choosing?
We all know people that look at life through negative lenses. They see the shortcomings in every situation. Yes, they might make great quality inspectors looking for defects on a manufacturing line. But in terms of life, it’s a draining perspective for everyone in that person’s world. And most of all, it’s a slow emotional death for the person themselves.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Ask a young child that, and the answer is likely to be filled with promise. The sky’s the limit. Answers might include: “The President!” “A movie star!” “A doctor!”
As that child becomes an adolescent, the dreams often become smaller, “more realistic” or might have even vanished.
Why is that? What happens to those big dreams?
Sadly, dreams are often squashed by a few discouraging words from a parent or authority figure.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. For some, it’s a day full of roses and romance.
For others, it’s a painful reminder of unfulfilled hopes and dreams.
But at its core, Valentine’s Day is about love: something all of us need.
And that’s where the connection between Valentine’s Day and pickles comes in.
Why is it so easy for relationships to become fractured?
Small misunderstandings, left unresolved, can fester and expand and in no time, significant relational breakage can occur. It’s tragic and so hard to undo. And it can happen at any age.
Recently, I was privileged to stand on the sidelines and watch the opposite happen. A fractured relationship was healed, thanks to the powerful impact of a simple, loving letter and a devoted husband.
Have you ever made a “reduction” when cooking? It’s the process of simmering down the liquids in a broth with the intent of concentrating the flavors.
Apply that to your life. What is the essence of what you believe? When you cull out the extraneous, what remains? And how do you live that out on a daily basis?
Recently, I was challenged to reflect on those questions after attending the funeral of the indomitable sports broadcaster, Craig Sager.
We’ve all got them: those special people who cross our paths and impact the trajectory of our lives.
I call those encounters “divine appointments,” believing that God is ultimately responsible for the meetings.
One of the most significant “divine appointments” in my life happened in 2013 with Jaye Watson.
Perhaps you’re already hunkered down for the weekend, preparing for snow. Here in Georgia, our Governor declared a State of Emergency 24 hours before the first flake was scheduled to fall. The grocery store shelves look like they have been attacked by swarms of locusts.
Lots of anticipation and preparation for what might happen in the days ahead. That’s almost reflexive.
But what are you anticipating and preparing for in your life in 2017? Good things or just another year of survival?
Have you worked on a jigsaw puzzle over the holidays?
If so, you’ve experienced a great metaphor for the challenges and uncertainties inherent in this New Year.
Do you ever struggle with self-worth? If you’re human, the answer is probably yes.
Granted, for some, it’s an ongoing, seismic struggle. For others, it might be a much more occasional flickering of insecurity.
Self-worth can be affected by so many things: relationships, finances, career, appearance, health. We so easily gain a false sense of worth from our accomplishments and lose it just as quickly with setbacks or failures.
Talk about climbing the ladder of success and realizing that it’s propped up against the wrong wall!