Unproductivity -Kicking off the New Year in Vacationland

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.”  – Clifton Fadiman

I want to write and I must figure out how to do it efficiently, or it is not going to happen.

Enter the productivity experts’ advice.

  • I should know what time of the day I work best and work then.
  •  I should do work in focused blocks of time.
  • Jumping between tasks slows me down.
  • And FYI, a major barrier to success is an environment that does not support my work.

I couldn’t agree more. But implementation is a struggle…

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7 Ways to Squash Entitlement

Entitlement. Just hearing the word gets my back up.

If you’re like me, you cringe when your kids act entitled. Like, they deserve the newest and best, just because. When they complain about the tablet they don’t have just days after you bought a new iPad for the family.

The insult! The ingratitude!

Worse, I see the same discontent in myself. The two hour break that was a wonderful gift last week is no longer enough. I need more. I deserve more.

Long before tablets were a thing, Peter wrote that, as followers of Jesus, God’s “divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).

I have enough for this life I am living today. God has given me enough.

And, I can even be godly in my attitude and interactions. Imagine that.

There is no room for entitlement here. So, how do we kick it to the curb?

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Why Everyone Should Think like our 2-year-old

When our little guy was two, he never uttered the words, “I love you.” Never.

He always said, “I wuv you, too.”

Even when no one had recently spoken the words, “I love you” to him. Even when he was first to speak. Even then, he was returning love.

At two, he knew – no matter how much trouble he’d gotten into – that he is loved.

When do we lose that confidence? At six or seven or ten? In middle school sports, or high school band, or writing resumes? When our BFF moves on? Read more