Monday, January 26, 2015

Overcome your loneliness

Sometimes we feel very alone when we begin to internalize the challenges we are facing. We become so overwhelmed with the issues of life that we lose sight of the bigger picture. We become so focused and preoccupied with ourselves that we become isolated. You don't have to go it alone, plenty of people care about you and are willing to encourage you.

Lift up your head, lets find your purpose and hope again...it's time to get back on track! Recognize your sense of loneliness. This is not a sign of weakness, it's a real feeling because of a misdirection of your mind. You maybe doing everything right but if your mind is out of focus a sense of isolation can overwhelm you. Find ways to get involved in activities that you enjoy. Build friendships with others. I'll be a friend, reach out to me, lets talk about it!

If your feeling of loneliness becomes to intense I suggest you find some profession help to guide you to a healthier heart and mind.

Caring For Miami
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Wellspring Counseling
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Investing in Others

This morning I watched a young woman spend an hour with 16 Middle School young ladies. She opened God's Word and talked about life and living a life that matters. She loved on her young proteges, she spoke truth into their lives, she listened to them as they opened their hearts. At the end of the hour, they prayed together and left. My guess is each one of those young ladies made a difference in someone else's life today just as the woman made a difference in theirs.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ANYWAY

According to Lucinda Vardey, in Mother Teresa: A Simple Path (New York: Ballantine Books, 1995), page 185, there was "a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children's home in Calcutta." This is what the sign said: 

ANYWAY

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,

LOVE THEM ANYWAY
If you do good, people will accuse you of
selfish, ulterior motives,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
If you are successful,
you win false friends and true enemies,
SUCCEED ANYWAY
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY
What you spent years building may be
destroyed overnight,
BUILD ANYWAY
People really need help
but may attack you if you help them,
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY
Give the world the best you have
And you'll get kicked in the teeth,

GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU'VE GOT ANYWAY.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Quiet Leadership

So often leadership is boisterous, flashy, and arrogant. Leadership isn't about the leader, it's about the family, group, organization on a journey together to accomplish something significant. Good leaders will lead without drawing attention to themselves, champion those on his/her team making everyone feel successful. An ancient Chinese philosopher stated, "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Leading Me

Almost everyone is a leader, we are leading something or someone. Some people lead hundreds or thousands of people, while others lead a couple or a few people. John Maxwell gets it right when it comes to leadership when he states, "As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me." Always keep growing and learning.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pieces to the Puzzle

I had an amazing day today. It was one of those days a person longs for, things started to come together after months of impossible circumstances.  I've always been a "silver lining" type of guy. I'm wired up to look for the good in a person or situation. I'm the master of giving someone the benefit of the doubt. I see life as a cup that's half full not half empty. I'm hopeful to a fault. To day it paid off, I saw the silver lining to many of the challenges I've faced.  Some once said, "Sometimes when it seems all of the pieces are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place." I'm grateful!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

It's a brand new year filled with new opportunities and great possibilities to accomplish meaningful things for others that make a lasting impact. How about you and I try to do just one random act of kindness each day this weekend to get the new year started? Lets get started today, Friday. I'd love to hear how you created an opportunity to encourage or care for someone unexpectedly. Who knows....perhaps we will start something together that will make our part in the world a little better for someone else.  

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” —Henry James (1843-1916)