Pay Attention

The importance of a blog on Pay Attention occurred to me several weeks ago when I wondered why as I drove to appointments and classes, about the time I passed the fire station, that I would hear clearly in my head Jim’s silent voice saying “pay attention”. It happened…

Critiquing ‘You’

Choosing a title for examining the use of the powerful personal pronoun ‘you’ was not a piece of cake.  ‘you’ is in the middle of every squabble. All by itself, ‘you’ is a good “guy”, but the ‘company’ it keeps causes ‘you’ to vacillate between being a prince/princess to…

Acquiesce

Have you been with a group when the majority chooses Chinese but you counted on sinking your teeth into a filet mignon, but you say nothing and order Chinese? That describes acquiescing. My informal research of asking “Is acquiesce a word you know or use?” revealed that the majority had…

Creative Camping

Common Reasons for Camping:                                                                                              Save motel expense                                                                                                                  Get out of the city into the cool of the woods Seclusion to fish, write, sleep, read,    hike, enjoy amusement parks or beaches Our original reason for dreaming of having a camper in the late 1950’s evolved when Jim was still in…

Generosity Streaming to Joy

An Old Testament story from I Chronicles describing the Israelites’ extreme generosity in giving their personal valuables for the building of the temple, filling the leaders with joy, caught my attention. First known use of the word generosity in our language:1566.  Dictionary synonyms: bigheartednessbountifulnessliberalityopenhandednessopenheartednessunselfishnessgiving money or goodsExpanded definitions—shades…

“Well, how ‘bout that!”

“We can count on death and taxes”, the saying goes, but in between is the parade of disturbing unplanned happenings that occur without fail. We cannot avoid all troubles, but we can be ready with ‘given’ pleasant, positive responses. Dealing with uncontrollable events: Mishaps, calamity, confusion, perplexity, complication, disruptions, turmoil,…

Stepping To-and-Fro--Zumba-like

To and fro stepping has many applications.  In Chicago, I paid attention as I walked to work, moving over for approaching three-abreast talking workers, a biker threading his way among pedestrians, a wheelchair being pushed or a yucky glob on the sidewalk to be stepped over or around. Making alternate…

Cloud of Witnesses

“I’ve graduated from Physical Therapy class.” Eileen said on a recent speaker-phone visit. “Good for you, Eileen”, I praised. “As Valedictorian,” she added proudly and continued, “When I told Lynette the same thing, she asked, ‘How many in your class. Mom?’ I said, just one--me.”  This gives you an…

Jealousy-Envy

When asked “Where do you get your ideas?” I respond with “From personal reading and study, clients, and conversations with friends and family.” At this point, I left my computer to answer the door for a friend who brought me a belated birthday gift, a small spiral note book—Scripture…

Realignment

Alignment didn’t mean anything special to me until Jim and I married. We graduated from Moody Bible Institute on Friday night and were married the next morning at 11 a.m. in the backyard of the professor who officiated. He and his wife even hosted my mom and me…