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Final 120 Days

Periodic table for values

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Tattoo from a gym member’s leg.

Periodic table for values?

The idea happened this morning after a phone call while walking to Publix (grocery store).

The friend who asked for career advice texted me afterwards and said he needs to put post-it notes everywhere. And each note would hold only one word…

Grace

To which i thought might raise too many questions.

Solution to avoid controversy?

Gc

Write Gc instead of the word. When asked, use a creative answer that is true yet raises no questions.

Then i wondered about the periodic table.

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Our Choices Make Us

Tailgater grace

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Yesterday. Joy to the world is so appropriate. Every day. All day.

Tailgater grace?

Yes.

On the two-lane road behind Disney University, a driver began tailgating my car.

Younger versions of me had varying degrees of impatience, anger, retaliation, etc.

Those pangs are still mildly felt occasionally.

They surfaced for an instant yesterday and in an instant, they evaporated.

Pulled into the subdivision right-hand turning lane and let the tailgater pass.

Eased back onto the highway and life was instantly peaceful again.

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Dear Son

Palm Sunday Grace = Overwhelmed

 

At Chruch yesterday with a standing room only crowd (2k+-) as the Deacon, the Priest, and i read the Palm Sunday story to our congregation – a stunning moment…

Deacon played the narrator, Father John portrayed Jesus, the congregation played the part of “the crowd”, and i proclaimed the voice of assorted other characters in the story.

Five minutes into the 15-minute group narration, i lost my place.

Panic.

Unbelievable embarrassment.

Then more panic, if that was even possible.

The harder i worked to scan the reading to find where we were, the worse it got.

Deacon Larry covered for me by reading two of my parts.

Disney taught me to stay calm under pressure.

i left my position, walked over to the cantor, apologized and “begged” for help.

In the end, it all worked out.

The blessing was that Chapin got to see my hugely public “mistake” and how i handled it.

These moments don’t define us, our reaction and recovery do.

 

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Blessed Beyond Measure?

Thank you Good Samaritan

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Josh helped me call my Family.

 

Thank you Good Samaritan.

Apple’s iPhone has a setting so when you dial 911 you can send an automated SOS emergency alert to whomever you set up as your emergency contact(s).

As i was riding an hour to the gym, i somehow dialed 911. Assured the operator it was an error.

Instantaneously…

Cheryl, Chapin, and my Sister Lori all received SOS alerts, and then they immediately tried calling and texting.

Somehow, i also simultaneously rendered the phone inoperable by accidentally configuring VoiceOver.

Several minutes from the closest business, my Allergist, i planned to use their phone to call Cheryl, not realizing they didn’t open for 20 more minutes – far too long to leave someone hanging knowing i may have been hit by a car.

Josh was jogging but waiting for the traffic light to change.

He wasn’t in a hurry and he saved the day.

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The Other Side

The real reason we extend Forgiveness and Grace

The real reason we extend Forgiveness and Grace is obvious, but usually not until we are the ones who need it. (Tweet this)

 

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