how well do you juggle?

Does it seem that in your personal and vocational life that it is a juggling act? We all fill so many different roles that sometimes it is hard to remember “which way is up”!

This article on the Harvard Business Review site has some good recommendations to help you “juggle”.

One of my favorite quotes is also in this article:

“The trick to juggling is determining which balls are made of rubber and which ones are made of glass.”

The bottom line is, do you know what your real priorities are in life and are you living and working in accordance with those priorities?

“7 Sure-Fire Ways to Reduce Stress and Restore Your Sanity” – Michael Hyatt

a disturbing lack of reflection

Louisana Flower 2014Good Monday morning to you! Hope you had a great weekend.

Alarm clock goes off, hit the snooze button, alarm clock goes off, snooze button again.

Rush to get dressed and then, maybe, grab a quick high carb (and sugar) breakfast as you head into the office.

As soon as arrive, you power up your computer and immediately begin checking your email and reacting to them. (OK, you also might have checked Facebook as well).

Then you check your calendar and look at when you will be hopping onto the meeting carousel. In between the meetings are rechecking email, sending email, scheduling more meetings, and making a stab at your to-do list.

In fact, you may even look at your calendar with some pride! Look at how it is full of meetings! My input is needed (and is vital!) to so many people. Why, look at my overflowing inbox, surely that is an indicator of my value to the organization.  In fact, I am so busy and vital to the organization that I need to do some (actually a lot) of this at home at night and on the weekend. My family understands because they know how important I am to the organization.

My busyness is surely a testimony to my importance. Right?

One thing seems to be missing – reflection. When did you take time to reflect on what you are doing and why you are doing it? When did you take the time to reflect on your priorities (in all areas of your life) and consider ordering your life around those priorities?

If you don’t take time to truly reflect on what is most important in your life and in your vocation, who is? Are you spending your life merely reacting to the various stimuli in the world around you?

Do you realize that most people spend more time planning their vacation than they do their own lives?

Why not stop long enough to spend some time reflecting on what is most important (at home and at work) and then start acting in a proactive manner that is consistent with well thought out priorities?

It is your choice as to whether you live in a state of reaction to the world around you running frantically to catch up or if you live a life of intentionality based upon well thought out priorities.

Have a blessed week!


How Do You Respond To Stress?

Good Wednesday morning!!

Do you ever deal with stress? I do and unfortunately am a tad bit of a worrier. One of my challenges, is that I will have low level stress operating in me and not even be aware of it, yet it still affects me and the way I respond to my family, friends and colleagues. My countenance even changes and I am not even aware of it, until my wife or children are kind enough to point it out to me.I am usually genuinely surprised until I stop and assess myself and do realize that I am dealing with low level stress that causes me to respond incorrectly to those I care about.

So if you are like me and sometimes deal with these things and in how you deal with people, here are a few lines from Proverbs 15 (ESV) to consider:

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

“A gentle tongue is a tree of life, . . .”

“. . . whoever heeds reproof is prudent.”

“The lips of the wise spread knowledge; . . .”

“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, . . .”

“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.”

So, heed Scripture and be slow to anger, speak softly, and have a glad heart. You will be blessed and those around you will be doubly blessed!

Have a blessed day in Christ,


Good morning! Do you deal much with stress? I tend to. By personality type, I am very introspective as well as future oriented. As with most things, there are positives and negatives to those characteristics. The negative is that I can project alternatives to the future that are worrisome and then being introspective I can worry over them like a dog gnawing on a bone. That produces stress in me. The sad thing is I am spending a lot of time stressed out over things that may not, and probably won’t, ever occur!

Another producer of stress is unmet expectations. Peter Bregman has a good article on this in the Harvard Business Review blog. Basically we get stressed out when our expectations are not met. But the sad thing is that most of those unmet expectations deal with things of such unimportance in the light of eternity! As Bregman says, we often are stressed about things that only rate a 1 or 2 on a scale of 10. Sadly that is true of me. And then to make matters worse, it is often about matters of our personal convenience as if we were owed something!!

It seems that most of my stress is caused by focusing on myself instead of the Lord and others. It is usually a matter of perspective. When I am taking the short view and looking at me, I get stressed. When I take the perspective of eternity and keep my eyes first on Jesus and then on others, the stress seems to go away. Funny how that works.

Try a stress free day today – focus on Christ and others and see how much less stress an eternal perspective gives you.

Rest in Him today,