This list says these skills are “old fashioned,”
but I say some skills NEVER go out of style.
It’s always timely to be kind, for instance.
If you want to be an example of “love”
in a world where peace, joy, and kindness
sometimes seem like rare commodities,
I think we should not only teach these skills
to our children, but practice them ourselves regularly.
Some of them are “Duh, of course!”
Others are “Hmmm… Do I do that?”
Do I even know how to check the tire pressure?
Am I conscientious about asking questions
to get to know people better?
Do I give people the benefit of the doubt
all the time?
This list is from “frugalfun4boys.com”
But, it applies to all people… to adults as well.
Which of them resonate with you?
Have a great Friday night.
We’re headed to the neighbors.
See ya tomorrow.
Leader or Follower?
Some days I’m the leader;
Other days I like to follow.
But sometimes following
Is more than I can swallow.
Sometimes the folks who lead
Don’t seem to care the least
About the folks they’re leading;
They’re like this ugly beast.
The beast who tells us lies,
Who says “Do as I say,
But not as I do,” you know?
He tries to force his way.
We are not stupid sheep;
We know which way is right.
So stand your ground, my friends.
Don’t let him push his might.
The one who makes the rules,
Usually wins the game, they say.
But, some rules should be constant –
Don’t let him lead you astray.
This poem was inspired by a Time Magazine article titled, “Whose standards will Democrats embrace?” by the eloquent former editor of Time Magazine, Nancy Gibbs.
This topic of leaders and followers is heavy on my heart. It’s not the simple kind of following that I wrote about years ago when I was looking at healthy parent-child relationships:
Days Gone By
When I was a youngster, one of the popular TV programs was “Father Knows Best.” I related to that … and so did a lot of my peers. Mom and Dad talked things over. They presented a righteous front of solidarity. Sometimes Mom (in fact usually Mom) laid down the laws. Together, they enforced them. We were the “Leave it to Beaver” generation whose nuclear family lived by the universal rules spelled out in the Ten Commandments. “Do not lie” was paramount among them. “Love One Another,” was another. “Be kind to your neighbor,” right?
Appreciate one another’s differences. Know that we all are part of one body – and the head needs the hand; the leg needs the foot. We need to live in harmony.
What has happened to our Rules to Live By??
Day #11 in the A-Z series of “What Makes Me Happy?”
This picture tells all. Notice the word on her shirt behind the heart. It says, “Volunteer.” A big heart full of love reaches out to help others, exudes kindness, and makes the world a better place.
When you’re tempted to be surley
In response to evil – speak your mind –
Remember you were taught quite early
Always to be kind.
When you’re tempted to lash back
At some person mean and rude,
Remember repercussions of attack
Return for whatever you exude.
Kindness is the only way
To be happy in your soul;
So in everything you do and say,
Let only kindness be your goal.
People around the world are happier
when they reach out to help others.
Whatever motivates you to be kinder, gentler,
think on these things.
For me, my daily devotional time upstairs in my sanctuary
sets my heart on the right path as I study His Word
and learn of His Ways.
Isaiah 63:7a – “I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord…”
and let His examples lead me.
What “K” word makes you happy? And what act of kindness are you planning today? Think about it!