St. Louis, MO
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Hi Lori. We have read and talked about the same St. Nicholas story with our children. And while we do let our kids enjoy the magic, we remind them that the magic of these Christmas stories is simply a mirror for what they represent. We talk about St. Nick and his legacy. Which of course, leads us to talk about why gifts matter. We believe God gave us a gift, which St. Nick reflected in his own life. And our fun stories of Santa on television are really just mirroring that. Though, I much prefer "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to the claymation stories. :)
3 months ago on A Different Santa Claus Story
@Lori @Bryan Thompson I love the old George Carlin quote: "...People who read self help books....if you're looking for self-help, why would you read a book written by somebody else? That's not self-help, THAT'S HELP! There's no such thing as self-help. If you did it yourself, YOU DIDN'T NEED HELP! You did it yourself! Try and pay attention to the language we've all agreed on!" :) // Off-topic but the picture of the books made me think of it.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Is Your Brain on Cruise Control?
Hi Lori. The picture of all the brain-help books you posted drew me in on my email this morning. Turns out your content was about something different, but I enjoyed it. I have to admit, sometimes my brain is indeed on cruise control. I can't remember the last number besides my wife's that I actually knew by heart. What's more, as my kids grow, it's crucial they remember those critical numbers for safety - "No matter what happens, you can cal XXX-XXX-XXXX from any phone to reach me." Or the standard "911" emergency calls. Not something we want to take for granted. Appreciated this.
You have to copy the entire link - the link gods cut the hyperlink off. :)
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Why it’s Hard to Be In The Moment
Hi Lori. This reminds me of a Jon McLaughlin song that says "There are times every now and then, I forget why I'm breathing out and why I'm breathing in // I get so sick with the little things, I can't relax when they're happening 'til I know what it means" (Here's the song: http://grooveshark.com/s/Beating+My+Heart/4wBepl?src=5).
It IS hard to live in the moment. There are so many scriptures and holy texts from all world religions telling us not to worry and to live in the present. We read books about it, and yet it is so hard to adhere to it.
I am not there yet, but what I have found is slowing down in those worrisome (or even moments of excited anxiety) and breathing in and out slowly help me to calm down and focus on the task or issue at hand. How have you found ways to focus on the moment? (Besides taking a vacation?) :) Enjoy your time off.
@Lori @Bryan Thompson Here's where I have issues - the control thing. I confuse it with holding out hope. You can hold out hope for things and keep your mind fixed on what you want, but you can't beat your head against it. That isn't faith at all. That's just trying to be a control freak. This sounds like a sermon but it's one I preach to myself all the time. We can believe and take action, but we can't lose our minds to it.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Let Go
@Lori @Bryan Thompson Yes, I have to let go of the same things every day sometimes. :)
Here's the problem with letting go: when you get obsessive about things, it really messes with your head. :) In all seriousness, our need for control is very different from the reality that we can really do anything with whatever the outcome. When we try too hard, we lose perspective. We get tunnel vision (not always a bad thing) and it becomes difficult to see the different angles of a situation.
@Lori @Bryan Thompson Wow. Good point. What has television done to us? And how did "All My Children" turn into "Jersey Shore?" I gotta tell you, Lori, I'm not always a consistent blogger but I love chatting with you and your community. :) Keep up the good work!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Messages from Movies: Reality – or Fiction?
Hi Lori! I must admit, I am a sucker for a good well-written quirky romantic comedy, and "As Good As It Gets" is one of my favorites. But it's true, those great one-liners rarely work in real life. If you've ever seen Mindy Kaling's sitcom, "The Mindy Project," she plays a doctor that is trying to live her life like it's a romantic comedy and it just doesn't work the way she thinks it should. It's hilarious but so true in how so many people live. Hope you're well, my friend!
@Lori @Bryan Thompson you handled it absolutely perfectly. Knowing now what I do, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue to shine his light on the world. You're doing pretty awesome at that, too. Thanks for sharing your heart, Lori! (Oh, by the way, I started the follow-up books to "The Dreaming Highway." Hoping to finish "Father Wiley" and "The Quantum Highway" in the next year. Wish me luck. ;) Thought you might like that. )
8 months, 1 week ago on Problem or Opportunity; How Do You Tell the Difference?
Oh, and Happy Canada Day! Hope you enjoyed. I've never been and have given much thought to it recently!
Lori, I don't know the story behind your son, and my imagination can only lead me to how difficult this post and challenge must have been. It isn't just a website, it isn't just code. It's the very important thing that the site and code represent. I think THAT'S why the opportunity showed itself in your brilliant new team of designers. They weren't just designing a website. They were a team embodiment of something begun by your child. And that makes them all the more valuable. This story got to me emotionally. And I'm so glad the site was a success. It looks great.
Hi Lori! My favourite things (and I'm going to use the proper spelling of "favourite" for my non-USA friends) are: the smell of laundry being done (particularly the smell of a warm dryer going when it's chilly outside), the leaves changing colors (or "colours") in the fall - and there is no prettier fall than an autumn in the Midwestern USA. Hope you're well!
11 months ago on What Are Your Favourite Things?
My belief about the universe? it is ALWAYS abundant. ALWAYS energetic. ALWAYS giving. ALWAYS life fulfilling. And ALWAYS friendly. My belief about people? People have an innate sense of POSITIVITY and can achieve anything that aligns with the friendliness of the universe within which they live. But we have a tendency as a species to often align ourselves with the very OPPOSITE of the nature of our universe. We don't believe we can be successful, and the energy the universe brings us is what we believe. We don't believe others will like us, so we build weapons.
I believe we can change anything. And I believe the sooner we change our attitudes toward the FRIENDLINESS, we will see a much friendlier universe.
1 year ago on Is The Universe a Friendly Place?
Lori, I have had quite a few of those instances happening lately - those serendipity moments. It started recently when my wife & I decided to step out and do something we've talked about doing for years and never did because of fear of the unknown. I found the moment we stepped out in faith, those serendipitous events began happening! It is so cool how life works that way.
By the way, I am back into the blogosphere! I don't want to get in over my head but I've missed LFI! And I love the new page you direct us to here! Those conversations are priceless and I wonder if some of the conversations have even changed your perspective on the topics you wrote about. Oftentimes that would be the case for me.
1 year ago on Have You Ever Experienced Serendipity?
@TheJackB I don't think there are actually "random" events, but that's just me.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences
@Rileyhar Thanks Riley! I agree that our mood almost always depicts our perspective. The thing is, we can choose to be in a good mood all the time. The biggest misconception in the world is that our feelings are dictated by outside sources. What do you think?
@Lori @Late_Bloomers I tend to think it's more "both/and" than "this/or/that." I think the answers beyond our understanding are beyond our understanding because of the perspectives that we don't see. Does that make sense?
@Late_Bloomers Well, I believe our steps are ordered by a force much bigger than us, so my personal belief is that there are no "accidents." There are merely "opportunities." I think we make choices everyday that open a variety of options that are laid out for us. If we sit back and choose not to act, we choose not to open that door. Thanks so much for your comment!