Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Standing Still Is Risky

Standing Still Is Risky

I’ve sometimes been afraid to act.  What a dilemma.  For action sometimes means moving from our comfort zone to our scary place.

I was sick in early October; so sick that I was frankly afraid to go to the doctor.  My body got worse, and I finally agreed to go to an Urgent Care facility on Friday, Oct. 13. 

That didn’t help much, nor the prescription they gave me.  I needed more but was afraid, so I kept standing still.

The following Tuesday I reached a crisis moment.  I was at the point of the unknown and I needed serious medical attention.  I couldn’t risk standing still any longer.  It is a good thing I took action.  And now three months later, and a triple heart-bypass, I’m on the mend.  My inaction was the wrong road. 

Haven’t we all stood still at the wrong
moments in life?  I recall a toxic relationship, a bad job, the wrong set of friends.  It takes guts in these situations.  It takes an inner strength that we sometimes have to find for ourselves, and find it we must.

This quote prompted my thoughts right now:

Standing still is the 
riskiest plan of all.
(Seth Godin in What to Do When It’s Your Turn)

There is a certain amount of uncertainty in our moments of standing still.  What if we fail?  What if people laugh?  What if … we could finish that phrase with a thousand answers. 

Instead … what if we succeed?  What if people like and buy and read what we do?  What if we get better?  What if she says ‘yes’?  What if it turns out to be our dream job? 

Yes indeed … What if!

Maybe the question is … What are you going to stand for? 

It’s an action response!

This is my morning reflection.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

It's Your Turn ... Take It

It’s Your Turn … Take It

My neighbor lady fell last night as she was coming into her condo.  I was the only one nearby, so I helped.  It was my turn.

I helped a man get signed up for his social security monthly check.  I took my turn to help and it worked out for the good.

Once, I was given a sum of money when I needed it the most.  I’m glad it was my turn to receive and my friend’s time to give such a large gift.

You’re in line.  There are needs all around. 
Will you take your turn, do your part and help when it is time? 

It’s always our turn to do a good deed, right a wrong, speak a word of kindness instead of rebuke. 

We can always take our turn at smiling first, holding open a door for someone, or giving a man on the street corner a buck or two, or a bag of fries and a burger. 

We take our turn.  We do the simple acts of kindness as they present themselves.  We do the thing because it needs doing and we are present.

This is my morning reflection.

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Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Getaway

(A point if clarification -  Morning Notes is a reflective place/a holding place for my mind and thoughts.  Some are finding this refreshing.  If you want more of a spiritually-minded piece, be sure and check out Internet Church.  Thanks for reading.)

The Getaway

Carolyn and I are on a getaway to Victoria, BC.  It is a lovely city, a sunny day but cold outside – 30 degrees. 

A getaway!  An interesting term, isn’t it? 

It’s not so much that we are getting away from something bad.  We actually have a nice life in Edmonds. We have a lovely condo, enough food, warm clothes, gas in our automobiles – all the necessary attributes we love. 

We just felt the need to do this.  It’s been a long and hard six months since my first hospital stay in October and the discovery of my need for heart bypass. 

Perhaps, this is our retreat.  We are, at the moment, sitting in front of our hotel window enjoying the bay view.  Carolyn has her bare feet in the window, we’re both sipping our Starbucks and it’s quiet here.

We’re not escaping anything.  We’re coming to a quiet place for a couple of days.  It is a place of change, of beauty and of nothing on our agenda except what we choose. 

Later today we will visit Butchart Gardens and enjoy High Tea.  We will stroll, we will drive and admire the sights, we will eat some highly rated Italian food, we will laugh and talk, listen to audio books, and just ‘get away’.

Hope you do the same sometime.  Your mind and body really need this calming moment.

This is my morning reflection.

Words of Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time