Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How I Feel Affects Other People...

One Obnoxious Parrot

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. In desperation, John threw up his hands, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer.

For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer.

The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said: "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, when the bird continued. . . "May I ask what the turkey did?"


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How I Feel Affects Other People...


You won’t recognize the angel
His language will be too frank
When you really get God’s help
You won’t know who you should thank.

So make your decision to give thanks now
Keep Him worthy of your praise
Don’t try to figure out His motives
For ours are not His ways.

Have you wondered how you sounded
asking for, while wasting life?
Or have you simply taken for granted
that you can do as you please
and not suffer consequence…
until you get tired and decide to
seek His help by reflex…
call out His name by habit…
question your penance?

Have you lost your place on the Implementation Crew,
forgetting that only He is on the Planning Committee,
and blinded yourself with jealously and selfishness?

Oh, my brethren, I beg that you do not surround yourself
with the worldly misgivings and short comings
that hoist you atop a throne that can no longer touch the hearts
that call for your guidance.

See, you won’t recognize the Angel
Nor His concern for your health.
When you really want God’s help
Let that Angel be yourself

© 2000 Sporty King

Inspired by the movie “The Preacher’s Wife”

How I Feel Affects Other People...

Relocation can be a different mindset according to your age and stage in life. There are different goals and concerns. When I was younger and on the corporate track, I was more focused on getting involved with as much as possible in the community, etc.  Part of the fascination was due to wanting to get the company name good representation and reputation… wanting to know where to go and hang out… trying to blend in.

Now I find myself watching how others interact with one another… happy to stay home and to myself… knowing that that will shine best for my reputation.

As you move forward in your life, realize that you are 'relocating' on a daily basis. Embrace the mindsets of awareness as you look over your past, and appreciate the road you have paved for those who benefitted from your guidance. You may not know who they are.

Monday, November 1, 2010

How I Feel Affects Other People...

It's important that you don't use 'last minute' programming for teens. It makes it seem like they're an after thought, and in the process that's where you lose control of handling them... and decrease their inherent respect for you... because they see that you're not prepared for their reactions.

I recommend that you not use anything you haven't reviewed AND enjoyed. Otherwise you put yourself in the vulnerable position of experiencing the work, instead of sharing it.

When you make children an after thought, you'll end up thinking, "What was I thinking?" after what you thought...

~ Morning... Noon... & Night...

Please share your experiences with youth programming.

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