The title says it all – SLOW DOWN!

This coming from a guy that hardly understands this concept. Or at least I didn’t for too long.

I distinctly remember my 6th grade teacher , Mrs. Sharon Ross from Beverly Elementary in Beverly Hills, Michigan telling me that I really needed to slow down.  As I get older, I hear these words more often.  Especially when I say them to myself, but don’t really listen.

However, this Sunday, our Pastor at church, Dr. Charley Reeb, did it again and allowed me to hear the message he preached from Luke 2:8-20.  It talks about how the shepherds were to one’s to really hear the message of Christmas. He also added his own flair to this idea of really slowing down and quieting ourselves to hear the goodness all around us. Our society is on a fast pace to un-appreciation of anything in life and if we slow down we can see God’s work everywhere.

With three boys I rarely get a chance to slow down before 10 PM. However, tonight I got that chance when my 8-year-old wanted to do his nightly ready with his older brother. I got a chance to stop and “hear” and see the two of them read and search an “I-spy” book.  It isn’t the book that was the big deal, it was seeing the two of them working together and getting along that was so great. I was given the chance to see the goodness God has given my wife and I with these two boys.  They were helping each other find things, getting along and working together for a common goal.

When is the last time you worked together with others to achieve a common goal and  took the time to appreciate each other and the values each of us have to achieve something?  Our society needs to slow down the pace just a bit to appreciate the goodness we have and allow ourselves to experience good things in life.  Each of us has a great value to contribute to our society in many different ways. Some have value of knowledge, some of speed and others have a great value by bringing patience and smiles. Let’s all show our value everyday.

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A Great Day

  I  just wanted to tell you all about what a great day I had. I had the great fortune of hearing a great speaker and friend, Kirk Weisler ( speak at the Tampa HDI meeting today.  What an inspiration for any group with his great stories and applications in life and culture change.  

  I also got to see 12 great people who were nominated for  the HDI Analyst of the year, and the great Xiomara, a co-worker of mine won..  Congratulations Xiomara! 

   This was very inspirational to see the qualified candidates and the great things their managers said about them.  Realizing the extra these people put forward to achieve great customer service and performance for their service desks.  It only takes a little commitment to go a long way.

 As Kirk talked about in his presentation, many times people get stuck in their bad, unreasonable habits. Many times people get stuck eating peanut butter and bread when they could take part in life’s buffet of delicasies just by giving that little bit extra ro asking a question.  Try it! You might like the results. Imagine if everyone tried just a little harder to be nice, smile or show good manners to a co-worker, fellow citizen or family member? What could the results be?

The results could be a Great Day. When we experience these things, our day is great for giving and great for receiving.  Pretty cool.

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Winning Over Worry

I recently attended my Sunday service at Pasadena Community Church in St. Petersburg with Pastor, Dr. Charley Reeb.  What a great message he provided. I thought it was good advice for anyone trying to make a difference in their life or the lives of others.

So many times people think the messages from a faith organization are limited to faith.  They are really not limited. The messages we receive help in every aspect of your life. The key is the discipline to put these ideas into action in your life.  As Zig Ziglar once said, “The key is the small steps taken every day can make a huge difference to achieve your goal.” Zig Ziglar wrote “See you at The Top” a recognizable award winning book in 10 months by writing 1½ pages a day.  Let’s try to take small steps to achieve great things.

The message I received for Pastor Reeb was a message of overcoming Worry. Our society runs at such as fast pace that worry can overtake our lives and throw us into the gutter. Here are some great ideas from the sermon.

1: Change perspective, Philippians 4:4 – “Rejoice”.  Why not enjoy everything we have. As I have said before, if I am above ground, on the green side of the grass, taking in air, it is a good day. We should rejoice for that first. The other things will pass.

2: Choose Joy over happiness. Joy is from the Presence of God. Why not take part in something from the person who created everything. If you’re going to work with the best, perhaps you should listen to their ideas. They may know a thing or two that can save you a lot of time and headache. 

3: Change Habits – If we are going to make a change, we need to take action. This action needs to become a habit. After 21 days we form habits. If we need to get rid of a bad habit, change your actions so you don’t do that for at least 21 days.

4: Change your thoughts, Change your life. Some quotes about this process:

        “We become what we think about.” Dr. Charley Reeb

        “Life Follows language and Action – or Lack of”. Bob Brumm

        “The eye sees what it brings the power to see.”  Thomas Carlyle

        “Be Anxious in nothing, prayerful in everything and Thankful in anything”

                                                                                                                                                  Dr. Charley Reeb

If I can help you or a group you are part of the see the possibilities of making changes in your life and overcoming worry or stress. Please feel free to contact me.

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Dinner Time – Enjoy it

I was preparing dinner this evening and I thought to myself, what does a good German from Up North do when the weather is getting colder, down to 38 tonight in Tampa. What would you cook?

Well, we go out and cook Brats on the grill. Although there was chill in the air, I cooked by the grill firelight and whistled  “the weather outside is frightfull” I thought how cool is this. I am still using my grill in December.  Up North, the grills are covered in snow. 

I do not envy the snow at all.  I am very thankful that I get to cook a meal and use my grill, but better yet I enjoy the time with the family.  This Christmas season enjoy everyday adn every bit of time you have with family and loved ones.

Enjoy your time with your family.