For your consideration……

Don’t you feel silly even reading that picture? Most all of us say that in jest either about ourselves or someone else.

We say it in jest because we KNOW that no one is always 100% right 100% of the time. That role was taken by the Creator himself. We’re reminded of this today and asked to be present and conscious of it.

We are asked to take absolute personal responsibility for ourselves. We should never give up that power. Religions, organizations, political parties, friendships, families, workplaces, newspapers, blogs, social media, radio, TV etc. all involve human entities. They all have the fallible human component. None of them can be right 100% of the time.

We are reminded of our own personal power and cautioned not to be cavalier with it. Never give it away unconditionally. Many will seek it but we are asked to be personally responsible for doing the right thing….and consciously making the right choices.

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.

-Plan to be great.

What made me smile yesterday……

-Our Alex is in Dubai and HOPEfully having a well deserved few days of rest.

-Every time I think of the 2nd grader I had earlier in the week, I laugh. She was the one that made me a pretend birthday cake. I fudged my age by a few decades and told her I was 23. She wisely looked at me and said, “Ok, I’m putting 34 on it.” I laugh because I keep remembering the outrage my youngest daughter had when she was old enough to do the math….about this age….and realized Dad and I had not been honest with out ages. Honestly, we started it as a joke and never thought much about it but she was crazed when she realized we had not told her the truth.

-Yesterday our blog was about looking through “fresh eyes.” I did not get very far into my day before I got my fresh eyes. As luck would have it, our first snow in this area came just as my kindergarteners were coming to school. They could not resist clamoring around the window and watching the huge snow flakes.

-They asked, “Ms. Adams, will we still go out for recess?” “Oh yes,” I answered, “but we will have to be fast as little ants to get all of our gear on. Do you think we will be able to do that?” They responded with a resounding “Yes!” Really did you think I would miss a teaching moment?

-We had a big afternoon project….a tough one for a few of the students. We went over the instructions 3 times. I put the example on the board. They were allowed to leave their seats and study it. As I sat at a table working with students who needed extra help, the other 15 students worked away. It was International Kindness Day and they were making a kindness lion. I had one student bring me his almost done and I saw that he had turned the face sideways. I showed him the example and we were able to fix it. Then a student from another table brought me his and he had done the same thing but his fix was more complicated because he had already drawn on the face. I asked the students to put down whatever was in their hands and put their eyes and ears on me. I drew their attention to the example on the board and gave them further instruction. We all went back to work and I noticed that the last student was crying…..really crying…..I got up and went to him. I assured him his would be fine. We  had turned it over and used the back. I apologized because I felt I had made him feel bad. At that point a girl at  his table said, “Ms. Adams, you didn’t make him cry.” “Oh, I did. I made him feel bad and that was not my intention.” I said. She persisted, “Ms. Adams, he cries ALL of the time.” Yikes, maybe that was a bit harsh but don’t you love the brute honesty of children?

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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