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Goes Unnoticed   Leave a comment


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This morning while I was getting coffee at my usual coffee shop, I was having conversation with the barista about the improvement in our local weather.  She made a comment which has caused me to give some thought.  She said, “We never seem to notice how little things like the weather can affect us.”  That is such a true statement.  Her words have caused me to think about how many aspects of life go unnoticed and yet they make an impact on a person.

I have always known that cloudy weather usually brings about either a melancholy or negative attitude upon my thoughts. The reversal of that stands true, when the sun is shining I am generally more upbeat and tend to have more energy.  Researchers also tell us that stress can have a profound impact on our behaviors, physical health, and mental well-being.  Yet too often, stress goes unnoticed.

I wonder how many other unnoticed aspects of life have impacts that are very real.  Today I am going to ponder the words of the barista some more.  I am sure that I will identify other unnoticed variables which lead to shifts in how I view life.  What might you place on the list?  I challenge you to identify your own list today and share your list in the comment section.

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Posted April 28, 2015 by thoughtfulbeliever in Experiences, Life

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A Beautiful Day   Leave a comment


When I was in high school, one of the musicals which I performed in was “Oklahoma”.  This week has had some awesome days, including today.  So I thought I would share this song which is running through my head today.

 

I hope that you have a beautiful day!

Posted March 13, 2015 by thoughtfulbeliever in Music Video

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Redesign   2 comments


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I am finding that in many aspects of my life, I am being called upon to do some redesigning.  I am wondering how much of this is happening throughout the world.  As I think about this concept, I keep bumping into others in different situations that are having to redesign aspects of the world around them.  I have not done any in-depth research into this phenomenon but I am starting to come to believe that we are in a period of time when redesigning and redefining is within the fiber of our society.  I would venture to guess that throughout history, there are periods of redesigning and redefining which occur.

I happen to be a fan of the PBS Show, Downton Abbey.  As I watch the show which is set in the early 1900’s in England, I see that they are experience a period of redesigning and redefining.  I see parallels in the types of conversations and the challenges which arise during the period of time in the show and my own period of time.  I am struck by the reality that I am a product of that redesigning that took place in the early 20th century.  Since a majority of my ancestry comes from England, this point is even more evident for me.

This type of activity brings about anxiety and also great enthusiasm.  As shifts occur, there is fear but there also takes place a sense of release.  It becomes very common for people to identify “winners” and “losers” in these situations.  I would challenge myself and all of us to not adopt such an attitude but instead to look at this period of time as a series of opportunities for all people.  What we do with these opportunities will define who we are during this time.

Permeate   Leave a comment


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Recently I was at one of my favorite coffee locations.  The person behind the counter was doing some prep work for an item they would be selling during the lunch time.  He was cutting up onions for whatever he was preparing.  In a relatively short time, the onion smell began to permeate the who place.  My eyes started to become irritated and all I could seem to smell was onion.  This experience led me to think this morning about what it means to permeate.

I think that we have the opportunity to permeate the lives around us.  The question is with what would we permeate those lives.  As a believer, I feel that one item I have to share is my belief.  Many times throughout a given day, I can share my belief with others.  There are many different ways to approach this but I think the best way is to do this sharing without words most of the time.  The way that I live my life and the manner in which I interact with others is at least a starting point for sharing my belief. When others view my life and interactions, it should lead them to see something different and then ask me about it.  Given that opportunity, words could then come into play.

I think that another way we can permeate the lives around us is in our attitude.  I have blogged before about the impact attitude can have.  A negative attitude can permeate a room and have the effect similar to the onion in the coffee shop.  It can cause irritation and be disruptive.  An attitude of joy, or a positive attitude, can feel the room in an uplifting manner.  This attitude can bring pleasure into the lives of others.

So today, I would challenge all my readers to think about permeating the world and people around you.  With what are you permeating your surroundings?

A Day at a Time   Leave a comment


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My father has entered what appears to be the last stages of his life.  I had the opportunity to visit him yesterday and have some conversation.  The conversation was far from normal since his ability to process thoughts is fairly limited.  He quickly jumps from topic to topic which can be unrelated or jump back to the same topic over and over.  There is no benefit in correcting his thoughts since he will not recall the information that you share with him.  His health is a series of good days and bad days like a roller coaster.  I share this information not in an attempt to seek sympathy or kind words from anyone but instead to give you information regarding how my family is experiencing this transition in my dad’s life.  I also share it as a basis for the thoughts I am about to write.

With my dad’s situation, it would be very easy to be discouraged and frustrated.  I could easily go into a litany of concerns which could dominate my thoughts.  I could worry about the future and how disruptive to future plans dad’s precarious situation might be.  I could sit in sadness and grief.  I could complain about all the uncertainty.  However, none of these emotions or thoughts are actually what I am experiencing.  Instead, I have adopted the approach of “a day at a time.”  I do not sit and ponder what tomorrow might mean in regards to my dad, instead I appreciate that today, dad is still present and I have an opportunity to be with him.  I am focused on his comfort and his quality of life.  I am focused on his day and what it entails.

This is an important lesson for me.  I think all of us should deal with the day that is at hand and not get anxious about the days, weeks, months, years that lie ahead.  There is value in planning for the future but there are drawbacks to trying to live in the future.  I need to live today, plan for tomorrow, and enjoy life now.  Jesus said this very eloquently:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34, NIV)

Well said!

A Change Is Coming   Leave a comment


You can definitely feel it in the air this morning.  With the wind blowing more intensely, the moisture in the air from over twenty-four hours of rain, and the gray skies, you know that the weather is changing to a different season.  It also helps that there are tons of colored leaves that lay scattered upon the ground which have fallen from the trees above.  Autumn is truly upon us and hints of winter are starting to arrive already.

As I thought about these changes in weather and seasons this morning, I pondered the effect of change upon our lives.  I am the first to admit that I dislike the change from spring and summer to fall and winter.  I do not enjoy the colder temperatures and the regularity of cloudy skies that seem to accompany this time of year.  So for me, some changes are less than enjoyable.  When I encounter this type of change, I tend to see an adjustment in my attitude.  I have to work harder to remain positive and to vision into the future.  These are not impossible tasks but I do realize that they take more deliberate effort when my attitude goes in this direction.

Some changes in life are more enjoyable.  I greatly enjoy the arrival of spring and summer.  You can probably easily understand why based upon my earlier comments.  I find myself more upbeat and with an eagerness during those changes.  When you are energized by change, you definitely see possibilities and opportunities.

What all of this says to me is that in regards to change, attitude is very crucial.  I am the one who can impact my attitude the most.  I can have an attitude of resistance and negativity in regards to changes in my life.  Or I can have an attitude of possibilities and positivity as I encounter change.  While I am not going to try to fool any of you into believing that choosing the later attitude is easy when I am not eager for the change, it still is possible.

Life is full of change.  A change is generally always coming.  The question is what to do with that change.

Just A Drop   Leave a comment


Color galaxy

Color galaxy (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Have you ever taken a glass of water or other clear liquid and added a drop of food coloring to it?  Almost immediately you can watch the color move through the original liquid and it starts to make that liquid become the same as the food coloring.  One drop will only cause a change that leaves behind a tint of that color but no matter what, the original is changed.  So naturally if you add more drops of food coloring, the liquid becomes even darker in the color.  Overall, it does not take a lot of drops before the original liquid is now completely that color.

This imagery came to my mind as I was thinking today about how attitudes can impact others.  If you encounter someone who is having a bad day and spend any time chatting with them, it is like adding that first drop of food coloring, you are impacted by their attitude.  The counter is also true; if you encounter someone who is very upbeat, you are impacted.  They say the most contagious thing in life is a smile.

All of this has led me to once again realize the impact and power behind my attitude.  My attitude can infiltrate the lives of others who come into contact with me on a given day.  My attitude is like that drop of food coloring.  I have also realized how I can be impacted by the attitudes of others.  It helps me to be mindful of that reality as well so that I strive to not allow the negative drops to infiltrate my life too deeply.

So what color are you bringing into the lives of others?  Remember, it only takes one drop before changes occur.

Posted October 10, 2013 by thoughtfulbeliever in Christian Living, Experiences, Life

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