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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015 is about to come to a close.

For the last week, we have all read and seen advice about how to have a better year than the previous one.

Advice on

resolutions to make

resolutions not to make

what will truly make us happy

how to reach your goals

what goals are important

relationship goals

professional goals

personal growth goals

fitness goals

organizational goals

It’s one day.  Is it different from the previous ones?

 Should it be?

How is your book coming along?

Ready for page 2 of 365?

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“We’re always looking, but we never really see.”

Milton Glaser, Imagine:  How Creativity Works 

So what are we missing?

Is this another “it is what it is . . . or is it?” kind of experience?

Could this be “looking through a glass darkly”

that is referenced in I Corinthians 13:12?

What are we missing or refusing to acknowledge when we proclaim “it is what it is”?

Are we just looking and unwilling to “see”?

When we finally “see” more, what responsibility comes with our “seeing”?

What did you “see” today?

or are you still just looking?

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I don’t know that they can change your life, but they can definitely influence your perspective

and make you smile awhile.

#17 and #29 are probably my favorites.

Trying to remember #2 as Peyton Manning leaves the Colts.

#15 is taking on new meaning for me.

What about you?

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Smile

For every minute you are angry,

you lose 60 seconds of happiness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

As the song says, so PUT ON A HAPPY FACE!!!!

Of course, Ralph didn’t get to play angry birds.

Wonder what he would have said about that?

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Lazy Thinking Be Gone

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.  Albert Einstein
US (German-born) physicist (1879 – 1955)

This quote caught my attention on Facebook.  However the quote only included the second sentence without the first.

My questions:

What is that certain age?

How much reading is too much?

What activities would be considered creative pursuits?

What does reading snippets on Facebook, Pinterest, even blogs, etc. do to our thinking?  Does it create lazy thinking?

Bottom line:  I don’t want to fall into lazy habits of thinking.  So creative pursuits need to be on the agenda as well as new patterns of thinking – problem solving.  I have a few problems that I shall mull over tonight.  Perhaps my thinking will result in amazing creativity.  Thanks, Albert!

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More Life = Faster?

It’s all about life and wanting more.  What makes up more life?  More stuff?  More activities?  More time?  We crave more.  Perhaps the paradox is less stuff, less activities equals more life.  Taking the moments to stop and think, reflect, appreciate, and consider the world that we inhabit and the God who created it and us.

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

~Mohandas K. Gandhi

I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. 

Jesus

It is amazing that when death strikes, life as we have lived it stops.  We stop to reflect on the life that has left this earth.  We change our schedule to grieve.  We reach out to loved ones in meaningful exchanges.  We are at a loss for words of comfort to others, because we have never stopped to live and love well and deeply, because we have filled our lives with noise.  We speak to God intimately now.  Maybe we need more death of the stuff and activities in our life so we might have life to the fullest with the One who gave us life.

 

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Transformation

“An individual cannot transform himself, nor can a church transform a person. That work can only be done by God, through the empowerment and direction of the Holy Spirit. But God is eager to partner with those who will cooperate with Him. Understanding what God seeks to do in our lives is a critical step toward not becoming seduced and sidetracked by mere religious activity. The richness of the journey is found in the experience of progressing through the challenges of the process in the company of God.” George Barna, Maximum Faith

 

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