Category: Thursday Thoughts

  • What parenting has taught me

    What parenting has taught me

    Last week, I described the three influences that tamed me over the last 50 years: 1) spiritual transformation, 2) journaling, and 3) parenting. I briefly looked at the first two, now let’s tackle how my marriage and parenting have changed me. When I first got married 47 years ago, my life revolved around me.  As…

  • Why was I bothered?

    Why was I bothered?

    Last week, I wrote about how it bothered me that my grammar was so poor, and my writing was like vomiting words and thoughts with no appropriate restraint or reflection.  Why did this bother me? Let’s face it, that was 47 years ago!  I think part of the problem is that I don’t like to…

  • Finding old loveletters

    Finding old loveletters

    In the midst of MK’s purging, she found a bag of letters which I sent her during our second dating series.  All the way back to the first letter dated 7/12/76. Beginning with this letter and then reading the next few months of letters, I was struck by several things.  The first was how verbal…

  • Am I creative?

    Am I creative?

    Last week, I described some of my dissonance with the term “laws.”  As I identified, some have to do with my hardware (personality) and some with my software (family/culture of origin).  But another factor influencing it has to do with my passion to be creative.  I love thinking of innovative solutions to challenges we face. …

  • Why I don’t like laws

    Why I don’t like laws

    Last week, I talked about the book entitled Laws of Lifetime Growth by Dan Sullivan.  At the outset of the book, I felt my gut twist when I read the word “Laws” in the title.  Ironically, Dan Sullivan, the author, states in the introduction to the book, “If the word law makes you uncomfortable…You might…

  • Admitting I am ignorant

    Admitting I am ignorant

    About fifteen years ago I read the book entitled Mindset by Carol Dweck, which was very disturbing to me. She gives research that supports the idea that children often develop a fixed mindset or a growth mindset depending on how they were raised. The growth mindset was demonstrated through a continued willingness to learn and…

  • I’ve been wrong most of my life

    I’ve been wrong most of my life

    Have you ever believed something for a very long time and then found out you were wrong? When this happens, you have a choice: either humble yourself, admit you were wrong at an emotional cost, or act like you believed it all the time at an integrity cost. I have been wrong most of my…

  • Jesus is my model for living

    Jesus is my model for living

    Welcome to 2024!  I like to take time at the end of each year to reflect on four questions: As I reflect on each of these questions, I find it helpful to go back to the foundation of my worldview, Jesus Christ. Each of the four Gospels appear to approach the life of Jesus from…

  • What about the Tesla?

    What about the Tesla?

    Several of you asked about what happened to my Tesla. God did his work in some unique and surprising ways. Tesla and I communicated back and forth several times. I was honest, kind, and yet forthright. Finally, they offered to accept my old Tesla as a trade-in at a decent value. This meant I was…