Archives for March 2010

Spring is coming?

I’ve been seeing honey bees for about a week now and friends inform me the Pecan trees are putting off shoots.  My day-lilies have popped up as have other perennials and the Forsythia is in full bloom.  Some people swear Spring is here when Robins show themselves.  Europeans believe the cuckoo call is their first sign.  I’ve seen a Robin or two already.

Every year around this time I get fooled into thinking Spring is actually here only to encounter a couple more cold days at the end of March. I have no reason to believe this year will be any different although within me lies this little streak of optimism which says this year will be different and we have seen the last of the cold.

Early warm weather?  Late Spring?  Rainy Spring?  I am extremely interested in hearing from long time coastal residents of the signs you look for each year at this time.

David vs. Goliath

I am currently reading Max Lucado’s Facing Your Giants. Let me go ahead and be on record saying it is a very uncomfortable read. I am constantly finding myself having to put the book down and make excuses to do something else. I can’t read it right now because I forgot what page I was on and it would simply take more time than I have to find my spot – you’re buying that, right?

This particular Lucado installment takes the story of David and Goliath and relates it to those things that makes you want to stay in the bed with your covers over your head. You know what they are. That thing that freezes you up, tightens your chest, stings your eyes. Those things that you have a hard time telling anybody about but are certain everybody – even strangers – know about you. These are obviously your “Goliaths.”

We are billed as David. Max walks us through the story of David and how we are probably more like him than we think. I am gathering this is a good thing. David is a man of many faults, but he is chosen. He messes up over and over again, but he is called “a man after God’s own heart.”

Sounds simple enough to maneuver through…yeah, if you have no giants staring you in the face. Unfortunately, I have them. I’ve named them Fred, Stanley…seriously, introspection into those things I perceive as weakness is not high on my feel good list.  In fact, the only reason I am writing this now is for personal accountability in moving through the process.

I am supposed to talk about the Goliaths I face. I am not ready to put that out here yet – I may never be…

I am supposed to talk about how majoring in God overcomes Goliath…still a bit personal at the moment…

So what can I talk about here? I can answer Max’s question

Is your list of blessings four times as long as your list of complaints? Is your mental file of hope four times as thick as your mental file of dread? Are you four times as likely to describe the strength of God as you are the demands of your day?

Sure I am – not. Oh yeah – publicly, I am putting forth the sunny face. I think it is important to be positive and uplifting. It is the way I want to feel. It is the person I want to be. My inner dialogue is something else entirely. Something tells me a good bit of us are that way.

So here and now, I am telling you that I am a blessed, hopeful, strengthened woman. I am thinking I need to set that up as an every five minute auto text to my phone…

Classy Win

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.

– Paul “Bear” Bryant, Alabama Head Coach (1913-1983)

When I first saw today’s quote, my first focus was on the list of characteristics. My checklist brain behaved like it usually does and placed little tick boxes by each of the traits and thought of a few conflicting traits to make sure those things were not on the list.

However, after thinking about it for awhile, I realized that I was, as usual, focusing on the wrong thing. My Type A personality places importance on pushing through the list to completion. More important than a check in the box is a realization that there is a life to live right up until the last breath.

Stated another way, during life’s journey, we will not be able to place a check mark in the box that says “Show Class.” We will never be finished with that task as it is an attitude that must be reattempted during every situation. I can, however, appreciate my successes on my good days and be gentle to myself on the bad ones.

Today I encourage you to take inventory of your personal checklist. Have you set yourself up for failure? In the world of long to do lists, methods of success and tick boxes, are we stretching for finish lines in areas that were never meant to be objects of completion? Notice we haven’t talked at all about outcome. Interesting don’t you think?

And as always, thanks for joining me for that cup of coffee…

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Trade ya a Sandwich for a Laptop

Alrighty – I need a new laptop and I don’t want to break to bank. Qualifications are:

  • I am a PC (I am not a Mac)
  • My screen is at least 15″
  • I have decent specs but I do not need to be a super computer
  • I would like to have great video capabilites, but I am not willing to pay big for it
  • Windows 7, please

The rest is negotiable. Please let me know where I can find a great deal on something like this. In return, if I buy based on your suggestion, I will give you a gift certificate for a breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee. from Uptown Deli & Bakery courtesy of Padgett Insurance.

If you aren’t from around the Richmond Hill area, please help me anyway (beg, beg). I’ll regift the certificate and link love you in the process.