For your consideration……

Today’s message has been with me for days. I wrote a blog a couple of days ago that seemed to start it. Then I had students and a lesson that seemed to keep sparking it. Finally, today there seems to be a culmination of it all. HOPEfully, I get it right and I am able to communicate it well enough that I can let it go.

A class I had in Social Studies this week was learning about Emperor Qin Shi Huang who assumed the throne when he was only 13 years old. He was a very harsh ruler but in the next 11 years he built The Great Wall, rerouted a river and built a dam, came up with “standardization”, then created a money system as well as standard weights and measures. It seemed important that our students realize how young this emperor was. To help them remember (HOPEfully) I came up with a game. It went like this:

I said, “Inherent to every problem is an opportunity for solution said…..Emperor Qin.” The students would then have to answer with the problem and solution.

We then moved on. “Inherent to every problem is an opportunity for solution said…..Thomas Edison…Henry Ford…..Jack Dorsey etc.(Twitter)…..Kevin Systrom/Mike Kreiger (Instagram)…..Zuckerberg etc. (Facebook).

The point was that you are never too young or old to be a problem solver but we don’t get there by being whiners or saying, “Whoa is me!” And the lesson is not just for these students. It is for all of us.

James Redfield said, “Where energy goes attention flows.” So do we really want to focus on the problem? NO! We want to focus on the solution or finding the solution because we know there is one. Inherent to every problem is the opportunity for solution.

Einstein wrote, “We can not solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” We need to be willing to let go of what is no longer working. We have to know that there is a better solution and we can create it an/or be a part of it.

We always have the power…..each one of us… create solutions that make things….everything….the physical and nonphysical….better.

I think

I can

I will

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take……

-Meditate/pray….ask….”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Be a problem solver.

What made me smile yesterday……

-PJ day.

-A phone call from Alex. Wahoo.

-Catching up with Jackie.


Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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