Posted by John on January 18, 2010
A great number of you sent condolences and comments about my post about my mom. I appreciate your comments and thoughts. As I move on with my dad and my family, knowing the community I have out there supporting and thinking of us will be a source of great strength and comfort.
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Posted by John on January 18, 2010
Whether we are in personal or business life, we all have a “vision” of the ideal situation. But is it specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely? Will you be able to look back in 3, 6, 9, or 18 months and see that you have moved from point A to point B? Or will you be fretting that you have not attained the IDEAL?
Too often, we paint a future picture that uses superlatives and qualifiers that cannot be measured. When that is the case, a business or a person can either fool themselves into believing they have achieved or they will continue to strive while never celebrating that they have moved forward.
Small victories ARE victories! They help us make the mid-course corrections as we move toward the future.
What is your plan to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you? What are the ideals in your future picture that allow you to adjust to what life presents?
We are entering a time of great uncertainty and with great uncertainty comes great opportunity. To capture this, we will need to reach beyond our job, beyond what we are told to do, beyond what we think we should do.
So, can you paint a future picture that is like one of those “flip the pages” books? A new picture on each page, while static a picture, when looked at quickly in retrospect, will show motion and success.
You cannot wait until tomorrow to start. You have friends, network buddies, groups, co-workers who are willing to share in the process. However, you have to take hold of it for yourself and make your own pages.
When you start flipping those pages three, five, or seven years from now, what will your picture look like? Will you have grasped opportunity and the picture will be richer and brighter – or will you hunker down and it will look the same as today? You hold the paint brush.
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Posted by John on January 13, 2010
This week I lost one of the great friends in my life – my mom. She passed away Saturday, 9 January 2010 in my father’s arms as she passed into Our Father’s arms. She knew her time among us was at an end and was looking to the peace and comfort she would find in the hands of her Savior. She knew she was going to a better place.
John 14:2. “In my Father’s house, there are many mansions. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” Saying our goodbyes just two days before she said “Just want a bungalow, maybe by the water.” What faith, what simplicity.
She was born, lived and died within about a mile radius but her influence reaches well beyond this community because she reached out to all. Children, natural beauty and music were her special passions. The children she taught and helped at their formative years are now global citizens helping this world be a better place.
She survived cancer for about 30 years – refusing to let it slow her down and coming back to live life fully. She has many friends who meant the world to her. With my dad as her best friend and the love of her life, she continued to reach out to the community up until the very end – much more interested in what she could do for others than what others could do for her.
Mom was able to be “in relationship” with so many people. She made all feel special from the smallest of children that she taught to her family to her God. Her biggest complaint at the end was that she could not read her Bible but she would still pray.
Please remember the things she gave this world. And when you have a chance, lift a glass of wine or a cup of tea for her. Think of her and pass her spirit forward.
This was truly “a life well lived.”
So while we will all feel sad about our loss, please do not mourn for long. Please celebrate your relationship with her
1Thessalonians 5 16 – Be joyful always. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gods will for you in Jesus Christ.
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Posted by John on January 4, 2010
To treasure – to keep something close to protect it. To ponder – converse with someone about the meaning.
When you are faced with the amazing, the confusing, the hard to understand, what do you do? Maybe the time is not right for action but it is perfect for observation and commitment to memory. You may want “to treasure” something because you foresee its importance or value in the future. Who knows, maybe this is a pivotal event in history that you are experiencing. Who will you tell?
This works at so many levels in life. From our personal lives to our professional interactions, this can add depth to our relationships. We treasure what is important to us but, if we keep if solely to ourselves, is it really of any value? Could sharing it create new opportunity? Would your friends, co-workers, clients, suppliers help you if they knew? This is where the pondering comes in. Pondering is meant to be a discussion to help us share the meaning and it allows us to help develop a better future.
So, as I enter 2010, one of my goals is to do a better job of “pondering” our ”treasures” with my family, friends, co-workers, co-networkers. I value my quiet, solo time but, how much better can I be when I share my ideas, values and experiences with others? Maybe we can together find that nugget that will set a new opportunity in motion. Who knows what great things might happen when we improve communications? Willing to work with me?
“And a Happy New Year, Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear” J. Lennon
(Special thanks to Pastor Brenda for provoking my thoughts today!)
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