Five Things I’ve Learned This Week or Was Reminded Of:
1) Some people spend a lot of time looking at those around them, comparing what others are doing to what they are doing and fretting over staying competitive. I saw a quote that said “Successful people never worry about what others are doing.” We should just be focused on what God’s plan is for us and not worry what those near by are doing nor try to replicate it. Imitation isn’t always flattering.
2) Good communication is the cornerstone to a successful relationship. Without it, walls go up, hearts hardened and the relationship slowly dies. If there is one relational tool to work on, it’s communicating in a way that is respectful towards the other person, addresses your concerns and always is focused on the value of the relationship.
3) There really are only 24 hours in a day and how we spend those hours is very important. Even though there are interesting projects, hobbies and even people to spend time with, we all have to decide what is going to get our attention for the 24 we have in each day. Some things will not get included and it’s just the way it is.
4) Kids need our leadership. They need us not afraid to parent them and that includes role modeling what a kind, loving leader looks like. There is absolutely nothing wrong with apologizing to our kids when it’s needed and there’s nothing wrong with setting limits for them when those are necessary too. Parenting is complex so let’s read books, talk to friends we respect and/or get some time with a counselor (doesn’t have to be me but someone) to help strengthen us as parents when we feel it might be helpful.
5) Looks can be deceiving because we filter everything we see through our own life experiences and knowledge. Not everything we think to be true is so let’s stay open to the possibility that we just might be wrong sometimes.
What’s on your list?