Archive for July, 2008

Let The Snake Go

July 30, 2008

When you are bitten by a venomous serpent, you have at least two courses of action you could follow.  You could find a rock, then rumble around vigorously looking for that snake behind every rock and tree until you find it – then you smash it and beat it until it is destroyed (all the while pumping that venom even faster through your system).  Your other option is to forget about the snake and make haste to get the venom out of your system.  Think about some of those grievances you have been packing around, and consider forgiveness – let the snake go.

 

Check out my interview with Julie de Azevedo Hanks on K-Jazz TV that included this particular discussion at the following link:

http://www.kjzz.com/video/25996499.html

 

Befriending Yourself

July 23, 2008

I have found through the course of my career, that we are often our own worst critics.  There is a passage in the New Testament in which we are encouraged to love our neighbor as ourselves.  But wait a minute… what would happen to all of our friends and neighbors if we actually treated them like we treat ourselves.  Can you imagine saying to your neighbor, “you’re just not good enough” or “you can’t do anything right”.  Be cautious about how you talk to yourself – use the same level of compassion and understanding that is easier to generate for others. 

 

Befriend yourself!

Work Hard

July 16, 2008

There is no substitute for hard work.  With all of the talk and hype lately about positive imaging, don’t forget that the only way ideas transform into reality is through good old fashioned hard work.  A friend of mine shared this quote with me last week:

 

“I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win. If you don’t you won’t.”

      Bruce Jenner

 

Don’t be afraid to do what it takes.

Better Than They Appear

July 10, 2008

I just finished another book that inspired me to have a fresh appreciation for the simple things in life.  It is called Wanting More by Mark Chamberlain.  At one point he mentioned the little message at the bottom of your rear view mirror that says “OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR”.  We often overlook the simple quality of many of the “everyday” things in our world.  Perhaps they should all have a sign that reads, “OBJECTS IN VIEW ARE BETTER THAN THEY APPEAR”.

 

Appreciate the simple things in your life!

 

Freedom is not Free

July 2, 2008

Here in the United States, we celebrate this week our independence. What a great country with an abundance of freedoms and opportunities. I had the privilege of interviewing a WWII veteran this week for Live On Purpose Radio, and gained a greater appreciation for the cost of freedom. Zane Taylor has shared his story in a book called “Lesser Heroes”. He told stories about crawling on his belly as he tried to avoid machine gun fire, or digging a hole to hide in to avoid the shrapnel flying all around him. He left his home and family to watch his buddies die around him. Freedom is not free, it is a precious gift granted by others who paid a dear price for it. May we all remember those who gave it to us this 4th of July weekend!