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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What Cell Phones can Teach us About Faith?

Telephones still amaze me. You can dial a number across the world and in just a few seconds you’re connected. Amazing! It just baffles my mind how Alexander Graham Bell even had the thought that it was possible. Look at us now!

How about radio? Who knew all those radio waves were always around us just waiting to be tapped. Makes you wonder what else is out there to be discovered. We’ve probably only scratched the surface.

Combine the two and what have you got – cell phones. Who today doesn’t have a cell phone, not many? They’re everywhere and being used for all sorts of things. How many applications do you have?

They’re getting to be so common and such an integral part of our daily lives that some people can’t live without them. Teenagers practically can’t communicate without them. If they’re not talking on them they’re texting, listening to music or playing a game. They’re taken for granted.

What confuses me about some people is how they can grasp the concept of everyday technology that they can’t see or understand yet question the existence of a higher power because they can’t see, hear or feel it. They need proof.

Does everything have to be proven first to be believed? Science is an avenue for proof. It’s the mind saying convince me or to say that it’s right. Technology is the vehicle for the possibilities. It’s the concept put into physical form.

You can’t see radio waves but we know they do exist. It’s evident in the cell phones we use every day. In fact we can have various types of information transported by using a different frequency. We know that carbon monoxide can kill you but we can’t smell it. We know there are sounds that the human ear can’t hear but other animals can hear them. Why then is it so hard to grasp spirit? Seeing, hearing and feeling aren’t a prerequisite for believing. Sometimes you just know something is right because it feels right.

Intuition is like that. It just feels right. It directs you to do what’s best for you. You can’t see it but you can hear it if you pay attention to it. It’s not about proof but about trust, it’s trusting yourself enough to listen to what’s best for you. It’s having the faith that it’s coming from a higher power.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Stop Discrimination. Let’s Start with Sports

Yep. If we’re really serious about having a good representation of our society then we’d have more white people playing professional football and basketball and we’d have more women running the country. What do you say, yes or no? Should we do it?

However, let’s be realistic. As any coach will say you put the best person suited for the job or task in and not just because it’s their turn or to be fair to the other players. If you’re really serious about winning you use your best player or combination of players to execute and deliver to achieve the results you’re looking for. Besides being talented you also need to have the desire, drive, determination and passion to achieve the results requested of you. Oh and another thing, you need to get along well with others. Therefore, you can be the best wide receiver in the league but if you can’t get along with your fellow teammates and coaches you’re not going to last long, not because you’re not talented but because it’s exhausting trying to appease one player. It becomes a drain on the whole team and it’s just not worth the trouble. This happens in sports and well as business. Actually in the business world you’re let go a lot faster.

Using the best person for the job is what I believe is essential for success in business, government and our society today. Professional sports, business and government would look differently today if it weren’t for the individuals who not only had the skill but had the will to see themselves through all the obstacles they had to endure to get there.

Therefore if a black person is better than a white person playing a sport then they should be the one to represent their team, city, state, country, sex, race and nationality, if a white women is better equipped to run the country over any man then she should be the one chosen to do so. The same goes for any other field out there be it business, sports or government.

It’s not necessarily that there aren’t qualified people to do the job, but that the most qualified person doesn’t have the will to do it. This isn’t a negative statement but a realization that perhaps the person has values such as family that out-way any contribution they believe they could make. In that case, we don’t always get the best qualified but one of the best from the pool of candidates. Remember, sometimes just having the tenacity to stick with it has propelled some unlikely candidates into the position.

Let’s stop trying to be fair, who said life was supposed to be fair anyway, and have everyone focus on what they’re good at doing and let the chips fall where they may. I wonder what that would look like.

Monday, July 11, 2011

You Should Never Grow Up

Why, because kids get it. They love themselves. You can’t love others unless you love yourself and kids instinctively know this but sadly something happens as you grow up. It could be a well meaning adult who pops your bubble; a parent, teacher, friend or relative who puts their viewpoint ahead of your enthusiasm and zest for life. Instead of encouraging your outlook they counter with the glass is half empty scenario. They mean well in that they don’t want you to get hurt so they give you a reality check with maybe a hint of sarcasm or throw in a cut down which most likely dampens your dream.

Take the little girl who states she draws the best flowers. The adult may comment that it is nice but she could do better or comment that she’s being a bit arrogant which gives the child a different perspective and now it affects her outlook and self-esteem. She’s just been give a reason NOT to love herself. People may see her as too self absorbed and they won’t like her for it. If this continues to happen with drawing or any other endeavor, she’ll begin to doubt herself and grow up squelching her self-love. Of course this doesn’t happen overnight or with one event. It keeps getting played out over and over in different situations until she doesn’t have a good grasp on what there is to love about her. Sadly it takes years, if at all, to reverse the damage that’s been done.

My daughter recently was looking in the mirror and commented on how she thought she had really big eyes and nice eyebrows. She thought they were her best feature. I saw her self-love for what God gave her shine through so I agreed, plus it’s the truth.

I’m going to ask you to take a moment and think back to when you were a child. Was there anything that you really liked about yourself? You may have to go back quite a way if nothing immediately pops in your head. Chances are its still true today. That’s you loving yourself. Remember that.