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We talked about controllable and uncontrollables

Disney 25 year service award
This was my 25th Disney anniversary recognition by my leader, Tom Madden, in 2009.

 

Larry and i hadn’t communicated for 30 years. As we spent five hours catching up, he responded to a section of our conversation where i had made significant changes in my life (2008-2009), particularly starting a business and the plan to retire from Disney at 55 (i was 49 at the time i made the plan).

Larry said something i had never considered. He said:

You took control of your life.

i had never considered that notion. In fact, it seemed quite the opposite. So i shared with him that perhaps in relinquishing control, i gained control.

It wasn’t until i surrendered everything to God that i was able to “take control” of my life.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our spiritual health. To leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s career health website, click here.

 

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Thy will be done

Orange County Zoning hearing room
Before yesterday’s special request for zoning variances that determine the school’s future.

 

Thy will be done. Learning to surrender to what is uncontrollable is a constant balance of discerning what is controllable and what isn’t.

Meanwhile, the best strategy i have found is to pray for peace and contentment while simultaneously remaining determined.

A bit like driving with one foot on the gas and the other on the brake.

A huge lesson in patience (and faith) to let things unfold as they should.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our spiritual health. To leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s career health website, click here.

 

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Facebook spirit

iPhone 6s passcode screen
Try again, to improve, or just settle for doing what the Herd is doing?

 

Facebook spirit, aka our emotional attachment to Facebook.

Is our self-worth tied to likes, comments, number of “friends”?

Is our self worth tied to the joy, excitement, accomplishment, and love demonstrated in our posts?

Is our self worth tied to the diversity of our life – the well-rounded front we share?

Is our self worth an illusion because we (generally, and of course there are exceptions) post only our life’s “highlight” reel?

 

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God Bless The Things We Can’t Control

Learn to think differently. Settle on what makes the most common sense.

Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have. Common sense tells us to find solace here.

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May 2009

Self Control. Surrender. Service.

Self-Control. Surrender. Service.

Looks good on paper, but what does it really mean?

Self control is about focus and discipline. Stay focused on what’s really important. Discipline yourself to not get distracted or tempted.

Surrender is about letting go of your plan and following a bigger plan. This requires quiet and solitude, in order to have a two-way conversation with God. We often speak to God, but rarely wait and listen for the answer.

Service is about serving others before serving self. This is a tricky one. When the oxygen mask falls from the airplane cabin ceiling, who puts their mask on first, you or the child?

It’s a distinct privilege to write here every day. The vision i to serve you. To stimulate your thinking. To challenge my own convictions, as well as yours.

I surrender to what happens after you visit this site. Carpe diem, jeff 🙂