The right place at the right time. Sometimes it finds you (luck)…most often you have to find it (positioning).
Next Monday there is a rare solar eclipse that will be visible across the contiguous states of our country. There is only a 70 mile bandwidth across the U.S. that will be in the “path of totality”. Those in that narrow path will experience one of nature’s most awe-inspiring and unforgettable wonders in its fullness. Jacque and I plan to be in that bandwidth.
Waiting for the right place at the right time to find you (and blaming God and the universe until it does) is a lousy strategy. It might help us rationalize our situation but how does it bring us any nearer to the life we want?
It is not relative, flexible or a matter of opinion.
It is real, actual and measureable.
You can deny it or ignore it to the detriment of yourself and others.
Or you can follow it and allow truth to shape your life and beliefs.
Belief and truth are not always the same.
You may want something to be true, so you choose to believe it.
But the facts don’t change simply because you believe or don’t believe (ask gravity).
“If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”
Truth should create our beliefs.
The world has more than a few who play with the truth to gain power, influence or profit.
Don’t reward them.
The One I follow said it will set you free.
I grew up playing baseball…first base, pitching and outfield.
When I was playing first base my part was to field any balls hit my way and catch every ball thrown to me. I could only do my part. The pitcher and catcher had to do their part, as did the infielders and outfielders. And of course the hitters and base runners were expected to do their part as well. If we all did our part together better than the opposing team…we won.
In St. Louis du Nord, Haiti there is a bright jewel shining in a dark place…Shiloh School. There are 700 children who are doing their part: showing up, listening, studying and learning. There is however, a part many of their families simply can’t do: afford the school fees (Average annual household income: $350).
For a mere 38 cents a day ($135/year) you can cover school fees and change the whole trajectory of a child’s life. I humbly ask, and am not above begging, for these children I have come to love…please click on the picture, watch the 90 second video and then sponsor as many children as your faith will allow.
To sign-up or re-up and keep your sponsor children in school you can hit reply to this e-note, stop by the table in the Cypress courtyard, or go to www.mypartforhaiti.com
Escape rooms have become a fun night out for families and friends. The jest of an escape room adventure is you and your comrades are locked in a room which contains a series of different puzzles that provide clues to solve the final puzzle for unlocking the door of the room.
One day this week I felt locked in a “writer’s block” escape room. When I don’t know what topic to write about or how to express what I have to say, my approach is to simply start writing poorly or misdirected until the thoughts and language better form. So I started to manuscript. It was a no go. As was the next, and the next, and so on…until finally the breakthrough. Puzzle solved. Door unlocked.
This approach seems to work with most things that have us trapped or stuck. You just keep praying, thinking, and trying new approaches until the door is unlocked. Just don’t give up.
I was listening to an oldies station in the car this week and a song came on that I hadn’t heard in decades. It was a hit when I was in grad school (so yep, we are talking old). Volume up…rock out! As the music rattled the windows, I dialed into the lyrics…and realized that this fun little ditty was propagating infidelity as a solution to marital doldrums. Catchy tune, but an approach to love and life that I have seen result in way too much hurt, deep pain and destruction for me to subscribe to. Volume down…new station.
So I started some mental lists:
. Things that once seemed so cool but with the passing of time seem so inane.
. Things that once seemed so important they owned my thoughts and time…but now are not worth memory space in my head or room on the calendar.
. Things I allowed to ruin a moment or ruin a day that looking back now appear to have been ridiculously influential and insignificant.
Here’s to a better perspective today and better mental lists ten years from now!