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A Simple Thing

Oh My God!  The temperature climbed to 77 degrees in Dallas today.  That’s not an unusual temperature for north central Texas during the spring and summer months, but it’s still winter according to the calendar.

The day took my breath away when I stepped outside.  A few high clouds floated by overhead as the sun beamed down and chased away the chill that the morning typically brings.  It was the kind of day that makes you want to play hooky from work and find something to do outside, so that you can take advantage of the perfect weather.  I didn’t.  I went into the office, but I will admit that thoughts of me sitting by the pool with sunglasses and a good book repeatedly invaded my mind.

In a world where we are connected 24/7 and receive a never ending stream of information about breakthroughs and major events, a warm sunny day in Dallas in February may not seem like anything worth taking note of.  For some of us it may not have enough wow factor to capture our attention.  I have been there.  In that place where I needed the ‘incredible’ to make me pause.

A few years ago I probably would have been in such hot pursuit of whatever was on my calendar for that day that I would have failed to fully appreciate the splendor of a day like today.  But thank God that most of us wise up at some point.  I learned that if we only focus on the so-called big things in life, we spend much of our life bored, discontented and waiting for the next big thing.

There absolutely is a time and place to celebrate the spectacular, but if we can appreciate the simple things, the extraordinary things seem even more special.  We may even realize that the simple things are sometimes the most extraordinary things.

Do you notice the simple things?  Do you recognize the blessing in a beautiful day or the gift of the presence of people in your life who always seem to be there and love you unconditionally?  If the answer to these questions is no, perhaps it’s time for you to slow down, disconnect for a moment and take a look around you at the things that are simple but priceless.

“It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.” – Paulo Coelho

Blessings.

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New Year’s Resolutions And Other Plans: Have Direction But Be Open

Tonight we ring in a new year.  There is something special about this time of the year for me.  It’s an occasion to wind down the old and start the new.  There is probably nothing magical about the beginning of a new year, but somehow it just seems like a good time to put things in order to move forward.

Many of us make resolutions or plans for a new year.  Planning can be a good thing.  Planning helped me to achieve many of my goals.  It helped me to become a lawyer, lose weight and get out of debt.  But as I look back over my life, I see that I also accomplished things that I did not plan.

For years I wanted to live abroad, but I did not put much thought or effort into making it happen.  Then one day out of the blue, the opportunity for me to move to Finland appeared.  Moving, especially more than 6000 miles from home, was not in my plans at that moment.  I was torn between staying in Texas and pursuing the plans that I had at the time, or taking a detour and going down a path that I had not considered.  After much deliberation I packed my bags and headed to Finland.

Much of my time in Finland falls into the category of ‘unplanned and unexpected’, but living in Finland was one of the best experiences of my life.  During my stay there I came to understand the value of living rather than planning to live.  It’s easy to get so caught up in planning the future that we forget to live in the present, or to get so frustrated when our plans go awry that we cannot see the opportunities that are around us.

I have a vision for my life, but I stopped making New Year’s resolutions several years ago. I decided to plan less and live more.  I believe that plans have a place in our lives, but they should help us not hinder us.

I’m curious as to what some of your experiences have been with resolutions.  Do you make them?  Do you find resolutions to be helpful?  How successful are you with sticking to your resolutions?

I wish you a blessed and prosperous 2011.  Happy New Year!!!

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”  (Proverbs 19:21 NIV)

Blessings!

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