February 19, 2009

Blind Faith

As I was driving my daughter to the bus this morning, we turned into a road that was flooded with sunlight, completely blinding me. Having forgotten my sunglasses, I was left having to focus on a very small spot directly in front of the car, with blind faith that we’d make it up the hill without incident. One thing I realised I was absolutely crystal clear about – the bus stop would be there when we arrived.

Of course we made it and reached the bus stop a few minutes later. Yes, it was there.

What if we worked towards all our goals with the same blind faith?

Achieving goals is exactly like driving a car in blinding sun, or in the pitch black. We don’t see our destination when we set out. We just assume it’ll be there. Have you ever set out for the shops with a concern they won’t be there?

If we focus on the immediate challenges at hand, with clear faith we’ll reach our destination, we usually make it there. Roadblocks occur, but we deal with them and move on.

How will faith impact your actions? How does it alter your relationship to setbacks?

Try it on and see what miracles happen.

February 10, 2009

Laughing in the Dark

In light of the tragedy in Victoria, it may be hard to find anything to laugh about.

However, now is probably when we need it most.

Laughter gives us a moment of light in the face of great darkness. It reduces stress hormones, increases the number and activity level of virus-fighting cells and increases our ability to use oxygen. Plus, it burns calories!

It saves lives - in his book “Anatomy of an illness”, Norman Cousins details how he used laughter to heal an incurable disease.

Wishing those in Victoria strength to cope, peace as they come to terms with their loss, support to assist them during this tragedy and a time soon when they can find a moment of laughter and light.

Passing on something I found funny. I hope you do too.

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptise cats.
2) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
3) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
4) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fibre, not the toy.

February 3, 2009

Win Win Win

Ever have the privilege of giving to a charity and actually seeing the results of your donation? We recently saw the photos of a school we helped build in Nepal through World Youth International.

I have helped many organisations in many ways over the years, but nothing moved me quite so much as seeing the completed school. What a privilege it was.

A great investment opportunity is Kiva.org - an online micro-lending organisation. For as little as $25, you can help an entrepreneur in a developing world grow their business. You see the result, and get a return on your investment!

It's a Win Win Win!