This guy understood the value of a penny.
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with great distinction (with reference to college degrees and diplomas).
My senior year in high school in 1987 at a pep rally!!!! Go Rattlers!!!!
Today, I will start today’s post off by saying. I need this post more than anyone else that is reading it. I feel horrible as I think about how this subject and how due to it that I may have impacted people in a derogatory manner.
Yesterday’s lunch with my family is a perfect example.
We all sat in a restaurant waiting on our food looking at our phones. Not speaking. We weren’t mad at one another just not engaged. We did put our technology away once our food arrived. So it wasn’t a totally bust.
But, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I treat others or view them. Also, I’ve thought about how others treat me and view me. Many times, I find that when others are speaking to me that I’m bored, not engaged, and selfishly thinking of other things. I’m finding that I would rather sit quietly with my computer, or iPhone, I know that I”m not alone. I often feel like other people do this to me when I speak to them. I deserve it most likely. Let’s be honest, I ramble. Ramblers today don’t survive in conversations because everyone is so used to getting information quickly, and in my case, by the time I finish a story, it’s old news.
I’ve learned so much from acting/improvisation.Being in the moment,
Yes and-ing and Listening
These three skills have forever changed my life, but I’m afraid sometimes that just isn’t enough. I need a good talking to. I need to get over my social media, technology, mentality, unplug and spend time with people. Engaged, unselfishly, exhilarated that someone feels the need to share their life with me. Technology is a great thing. I love my phone, my social media outlets, but I hope I never love those things as much as I love the people I get to share life with.
So if I am ignoring you during conversation, I give you permission to say PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE!
Wow, my baby is all grown up. Where did the time ago? Heidi is about to embark on her Senior year of high school. She will be graduating with honors diploma with distinction. I’m so proud of how hard Heidi has worked. I know as she embarks on finishing this accomplishment, she will continue working hard to accomplish so much more. Congrats Heidi. You Rock.
I took my youngest daughter to meeting this morning to discuss her college choices. I can’t believe that she was a baby just 17 years ago. It seems like yesterday. As I type 17 years, I shake my head in disbelief. I find it so hard to believe ever day that my girls have grown up into young women. I want to cheer and cry all at the same time. They are beautiful strong women that I already admire. In their life, they’ve already faced things that I still haven’t. I know that blog about them a great deal, but they are a huge part of who I am. As I sat and thought about the meeting this morning, I was reminded of this poem from years ago. It was from the Chuck Swindoll book “Grace Awakening”. It just means something totally different now.
To let go doesn’t mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off,
it’s the realization that I can’t control another.
To let go is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To let go is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To let go is not to try to change or blame another,
I can only change myself.
To let go is not to care for,
but to care about.
To let go is not to fix,
but to be supportive.
To let go is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.
To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
but to allow others to effect their own outcomes.
To let go is not to be protective,
but to permit another to face reality.
To let go is not to deny,
but to accept.
To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.
To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes.
To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To let go is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to fear less and love more.
From “The Grace Awakening” by Chuck Swindoll
Kids have a lot of people pushing them, and often, they feel to much pressure to achieve, achieve, achieve. Really, we all feel that pressure.
As my girls get older, I’m realizing that a lot of the time, they don’t need more advice. They need a cheerleader. Someone to tell them “it’s okay just breathe. You can’t change it. Just breathe.”
My youngest doesn’t know it yet, but we are going to start yoga and relaxation exercises. I just want her to know that there is away to find peace. It’s easy to get trapped in everyday life. Sometimes you have to make things a practice so you adjust and make those good things a part of your day. Sometimes the way you find peace is to tune out everyone and everything and focus
Moms, get out those pom poms and lay off of the nagging. Tell them you love them, tell them they are doing a good job,tell them it’s okay. Tell them to breathe.
Here are a list of things that help me sometimes, it just depends on the day.
1. pray and read scripture
2. take ten deep breathes
2. ask someone for a hug
3. give someone a hug
4.do something for someone else without expecting in return.
5. If all else fails, I go and buy a sonic drink.