Saturday, March 17, 2018

What Do You Believe

Believe in love.

Believe in your dreams.

Believe we can build a better world.

Believe you can be a hero to someone.

Believe you are a unique creation.

Believe that you are worthy of love.

Believe that you can make a difference in this world.

Believe that you could positively affect someone’s life for good.

Believe that you learn from every past episode, mistake and success.

Believe you can become a better version of yourself.

Believe in YOU!

Offering Hope

The Great Hunger for Appreciation

The Great Hunger for Appreciation

This topic is near and dear to my heart, for it lies at the center of the reason I write.  We live in an age when the hunger for recognition, for validation and for appreciation is running rampant.  Mankind simply wants to be recognized. 

Mother Teresa once said this: 
“There is more hunger for love
and appreciation in this world
than for bread.
~Mother Teresa

I ate breakfast at a local cafĂ© this morning.  My waitress was a pleasant lady of thirty-five.  She performs the same duties day in and day out for months and years on end. 

She brought my coffee.  I thanked her.
She brought my eggs.  I thanked her.
She refilled my coffee.  I thanked her.
She brought my check. I thanked her.

She came to my table no less than six times, and each time I thanked her.
And with each ‘thank you’, I could swear she stood a bit taller.  I know she smiled broader, and I didn’t notice a broader smile with any of her other customers.  I gave her what she needed most – recognition and appreciation.

Oprah Winfrey said something in her last show, after 25-years, and I never get far from it. 

"I've talked to nearly 30,000 people
on this show, and all 30,000 had
one thing in common;
they all wanted validation.
They wanted to know,
do you hear me?
Do you see me?
Does what I say
mean anything to you?"

 What was it Mother Teresa said? 
“… more hunger for love and appreciation …”

This is my morning reflection.

Words of Hope

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Is It Failure or Learning

Is It Failure or Learning?

In all of my years of living, I’ve had some successes, and for those I’m thankful.  And there have been failures.

Oh, my failures … let me count the times and means.

Thomas J Watson once said … “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.”

Thomas Edison is famous for having said:

“I haven’t failed.  
I’ve just found 
10,000 ways 
that won’t work.”

That attitude brings learning. 

What a novel approach to learning … using failure as a teacher.  So, all those C-minuses, and D’s I got in school really contributed to my knowledge and life successes after all.

Who would have thought?

In what are you failing? 

And are you learning?

This is my morning reflection.

Words of Hope

Monday, March 5, 2018

To Care Again

To Care Again

Perhaps you and I have a cause, a passion, about which we care.  Maybe even, we dare speak up, we demonstrate, we write a book or a song about this great passion of our hearts.

… and nobody notices. 

Few read what we wrote.  Nobody comments.  Nobody acknowledges anything relative to our stance and passion on life.  

And what do we do?  How do we respond? 

Sometimes, the easiest thing is to walk away.  Perhaps we vow to ourselves that we will never speak up, ever again. 

And that is the end … maybe. 

I’ve written some, in my opinion, amazing blogs.  (You can help me scratch my swelled head if you like.) 

Interestingly, some of those blogs have gone on to be largely ignored.  But I care enough to keep writing.  I care enough to do what I do, think what I think, and write as often and as many blogs per week as I write.  I care.

I’m seeking to make a change in people.  This change I seek … to see the light of hope come into someone’s eyes and heart, to offer someone on this planet hope, encouragement and inspiration.  And my tools are five blogs and a podcast site.

This is important work to me.  It is life-giving work.  When I was recovering from my surgery, for six weeks I couldn’t write.  I couldn’t form any significant thoughts worthy of a blog, and I grieved over that.  Now, I’m back in stride.  I’m still looking for the seeds of a few ideas that might transform someone’s mind and heart toward a better goal, a lofty and magnificent obsession. 

For instance, in my blog, Internet Church, I write, hoping someday to hear the story of some down-n-out person who stumbles across this blogsite and finds a life-transforming word of hope and grace.  Maybe they haven’t darted into a church for years – maybe never.  And one fine day the need arises for a God-connection and they miraculously find Internet Church.  That would be something, now wouldn’t it.  And so, I keep trying

I have objectives for all of the blogs I write.  The others do not take such a direct route toward God, but they are meant to benefit mankind by offering this hope, encouragement and inspiration I talk about so much.

Bottom line … I am one who cares.  I care for mankind.  I care for you, my reader, whoever you are, wherever you live and with whatever you face in your life here on earth. 

My word to you today … care again.  Care for your calling, care for your gifts, care for your passions, care for your talents, care for your family and fellow man, and care for this world. 

We need care givers!

This is my morning reflection.

Words of Hope