The Invisible Art of Listening

“Is there anything you want to say but not out loud?” is a question on brother Mac’s counselor’s questionnaire which is often checked. Does that describe you? Sometimes?  Knowing that a person may be withholding what they want/need to say may be the turning point of theirs…

Lifestyle Rhythm

The word, rhythm, swirled in my mind strongly ever since a phone call in January two years ago to cancel a February speaking engagement. My journal that day reads; “After I shared with T the reason that I had to cancel was Jim’s terminal illness, she prayed a very…

Happiness and Joy

To lighten up our blog-life, switching to an easier subject has taken the stage, while the acting crew re-dress for the next couple of scenes and the stage crew switches props, this is my cue to fill 5 minutes with happiness and joy. “How do you describe happiness and joy?…

Simple Connections

Is there any better aroma than from freshly popped corn? One of the simple ways I miss Jim is not having a little blue bowl of popcorn handed to me when we settled in to watch a ball game, which happened frequently.  A couple of verses in Jeremiah 18 brought…

Coaching/Encouraging--Adult Children

Responses and questions not only fuel inspiration for writing but challenge and encourage continued learning by listening and reading.  About everyone, singles, singles-again, parents, mates, adult children and Seniors have experienced and continue to contend with tremendous changes and challenges as the following query indicates.  I trust the discussion triggers…

Balancing Harmonious Heart-Logic with Practical Head-Logic

Inhaling and exhaling, done 24/7 and without much thought, resembles the ease that our behavioral preferences receive information and make decisions, until or unless someone questions our data/dream and/or the decision that we just made, like the following example: 1962 in Verhalen, Texas where we pastored a…

Serendipity

The projected discussion concerning feelings, emotions and cognitive decision-making got bumped by serendipity. Yes, I know, May 30, 2021 was my original serendipity blog in case you missed it. Serendipity, a relatively popular word twenty or so years ago is defined: an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident, a…

Appreciating Phone Reps: Follow-up

The New Year inspires many of us to resolve to form good habits, break poor habits; become a better person, read more, exercise, be more sensitive to others; set new goals, clean out drawers, closets, garages, attics, offices, sheds and be kinder in conversations, etc. Several responses to Appreciating Phone…

Appreciating Phone Reps

“I shudder every time I have to call a company concerning a problem or a need for information,” Jan said. “I’m fearful I’ll have to spend scads of time in auto cycles of pressing one number, then being directed to another waiting for someone to help me. I…