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Please don't tell me

Truth and not truth

Truth and not truth.

None of us wants other people telling us what we should or shouldn’t do.

Especially when we were teenagers and adults (parents, teachers, coaches) could, and were expected to, tell us what to do.

And yet.

And yet there have been others who cared enough to share a blind spot i never knew i had.

Of course this is painful.

And once we get past the pain, we are free to transform as we move toward our next birthday.

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Dear Son

Excuse me, is there a plank in my eye?

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The difference is like night and day.

 

Orlando tree trimming
Three days ago. Just getting started on this one.

 

Easter Sunday is tomorrow. Facebook is starting to flood with all the images of Jesus on the cross and all the proclamations of how wonderfully lucky we are to have someone who loves us so much (John 3:16, right?).

Some of my friends and family (and probably some of yours) on Facebook have behaviors that make me question their integrity.

For example:

  • Harboring resentment and anger towards loved ones.
  • Talking negatively behind other people’s backs.
  • Habitually not tapping into the courage and strength we are supposed to be enabled with: “I can do all things through through Christ who strengthens me.”
  • To blame others and refuse to accept responsibility for consequences made from not addressing things, or from inappropriately addressing things.

i’m no Angel and never will be. i work diligently and open-mindedly to remember that the things i dislike in others are almost certainly the very things i demonstrate to others.

So i faithfully chip away at holding on to anything that feels negative.

There’s the chance some of the bullet points above sound like “talking behind someone’s back”.

i get that, accept responsibility for it, and at the same time, take solace in not naming names. i also find comfort, and motivation, in the serenity prayer.

Does it scare anyone else that our blind spots can be a real turnoff?

Scares the heck out of me.

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Please don't tell me

Aim for perfection

Aim for perfection, settle for excellence.

Hone our habits so that we can eliminate as many blind spots as possible.

For example, we can often (daily) catch ourselves being openly critical of people and governments – as if they should both be perfect.

Yet if we exceed the speed limit, don’t come to a full and complete stop at every stop sign, and consistently use our smart phones while driving, we are as imperfect as the people and governments we “despise”.

 

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Rejoice

It was a glorious lesson in humility and consistency

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Planned photo yesterday, to make next week’s client smile unexpectedly. One of her Company’s properties near Magic Kingdom.

 

Unplanned photo yesterday, while waiting at busy intersection.
Unplanned photo yesterday while running, waiting at a busy intersection for the light to change.

 

With the Grace of God, i was blessed to see the plank in my eye yesterday. A rare and exquisite gift.

The school crossing guard made a presumptuous remark about my patience in waiting for the light to change so i could cross the busy intersection.

Thirty minutes before she arrived, the crossing light for walking wasn’t working.

By now though, the police and crossing guards were working together (like they do every school morning) to manage the busy intersection near Magic Kingdom.

Then i saw the police officer directing traffic through a red light so i asked the guard if the traffic lights were not working properly? If they weren’t i would simply use good judgement to cross, rather than wait for the light.

She said, “You just need to be patient and wait.”

Because i was on the tail end of the nine-mile run, i was actually enjoying the extended wait/break.

i got defensive (blindly) with her and went on a direct, matter of fact riff about why i wasn’t being impatient.

Then it hit me, i was impatient with her presumption.

And i didn’t need to be.

In fact, because i (blindly) wasn’t patient with her – and caught myself – i was able to apologize and ask for her forgiveness.

It was a glorious lesson in humility and consistency.

And then i worried about how often i don’t catch myself.

 

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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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Thank goodness for some of our blind spots

Florida Hospital Winter Garden
A new facility and a new vision means lots of change.

 

Thank goodness for some of our blind spots. A client last night had some last minute questions and we jumped on an after-hours call. She commented, “You never tell people what they should do or what they should stop doing.”

Apparently, this is significant from her perspective as a leader and a trainer.

 

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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.