Mother’s Day Re-Post: Lessons I Learned from my Grandma.

Thought I would re-post this in honor of my Mom and grandmothers.

I begin thinking about some things I learned from my grandma.

  1. Put God first.
  2. Family is important.
  3. That I was loved. There is no doubt that Grandma loved me. She also shared God’s love with me.
  4. Respect and take care of your elders.
  5. I was expected to behave and respect my elders. Being at Grandma’s was no excuse for poor behavior.
  6. Work hard, no one owes you anything.
  7. Get an education. An education opens doors and provides opportunities. If you don’t get a formal education then get one from books.
  8. How to cook
  9. Grandma shared her love for reading, jig-saw puzzles, and cross-words puzzles.
  10. Don’t waste anything. Grandma grew up in the depression and had learned to be frugal.

 

Repost: Top 10 — Stuff I learned from my Dad (and Granddads too)

Originally posted 19 June 2011.

In honor of Father’s Day I am sharing some of the important life lessons I learned from my Dad and my granddad’s.  I was blessed to have a Dad, Granddad, Great-Granddad and several uncles who were positive influences in my life.

#10: It is okay to be a nerd.

#9: To be careful where you park your ride. This was a painful but practical lesson my dad taught me. When I was in 5th or 6th grade I left my bike setting in the middle of the driveway. I had been warned not to do this. After many warnings my dad “impounded” my bike. He chained it to a rail in the garage and charged a small fine. I think the fine was around 25 cents. However, because I couldn’t pay the fine that day I also had to pay interest. By the time I had the money the total was a couple of dollars.

#8: Encouraged my creativity.

#7:  You are never too old to try something new.  This was something my great-granddad modeled.

#6: Actions have consequences, both positive and negative.

#5: Pay attention to the small things. My dad had a  shoe repair shop.  He insisted that all shoes be cleaned/shined. He even insisted on refinishing the soles of every shoe in for repairs. At the time it seemed ridiculous because refinishing the bottoms of the shoe. That had nothing to do with the quality of the repair work.  He said that people judged the quality of the repair job in part based on the way the shoes looked. If they looked as good as new, then customers would be impressed by it. I learned that paying attention to the details is helpful.

#4: The importance of hard work and doing a job right. My dad may have been one of the toughest boss I have ever had.

#3: Family is important. 

#2: To keep trying in spite of obstacles that at times appear insurmountable. My dad always tried to encourage me to keep going when things were tough.

#1: They shared God’s love in both actions and words.

Lessons from the Road

roadThere was road construction this summer on my path to work.  It is a two lane state road. They were repaving the road. They would close down one side of the road and use the other side for traffic in both directions. A worker was stationed at both ends of the construction area to direct traffic. A pilot car was used to guide traffic.  Warning signs where placed along the road instructing drivers to wait for the pilot cars. While waiting for the pilot car I discovered the following:

God has provided a guide for me. God’s word is available to guide my path. I just have to be willing and open to leading. It doesn’t matter how many Bibles I have around the house unless I make time to dig into the word.

Read the signs. It is up to me to read the instructions for life and chose to follow them. Unfortunately, my brain doesn’t have a USB slot  to insert a jump drive loaded with the Word. I have to choose to take time to open God’s Word and study it.  It is easy to get caught up in life and not take time to read the “signs”.

  105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,    a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105, New International Version)

Top 10: Stuff I learned from my Dad (and Granddads too)

In honor of Father’s Day I am sharing some of the important life lessons I learned from my Dad and my granddad’s.  I was blessed to have a Dad, Granddad, Great-Granddad and several uncles who were positive influences in my life.

#10: It is okay to be a nerd.

#9: To be careful where you park your ride. This was a painful but practical lesson my dad taught me. When I was in 5th or 6th grade I left my bike sitting in the middle of the driveway. I had been warned not to do this. After many warnings my dad “impounded” my bike. He chained it to a rail in the garage and charged a small fine. I think the fine was around 25 cents. However, because I couldn’t pay the fine that day I also had to pay interest. By the time I had the money the total was a couple of dollars.

#8: Encouraged my creativity.

#7:  You are never too old to try something new.  This was something my great-granddad modeled.

#6: Actions have consequences, both positive and negative.

#5: Pay attention to the small things. My dad had a  shoe repair shop.  He insisted that all shoes be cleaned/shined. He even insisted on refinishing the soles of every shoe in for repairs. At the time it seemed ridiculous to because refinishing the bottom of the show had nothing to do with the quality of the repair work.  He said that people judged the quality of the repair job in part based on the way the shoes looked. If they looked as good as new, then customers would be impressed by it. I learned that paying attention to the details is helpful.

#4: The importance of hard work and doing a job right. My dad may have been one of the toughest (non-crazy) bosses I have ever had.

#3: Family is important. 

#2: To keep trying in spite of obstacles that at times appear insurmountable. My dad always tried to encourage me to keep going when things were tough.

#1: They shared God’s love in both actions and words.

End of Year Reflection

This is my last post for 2010. Gee, seems like the year has just started. I guess this is the point where I’m supposed to write some sort of illuminating treatise full of great wisdom. It  I’m all out of witty sayings and wisdom right now. I do have a few observations for the year.

I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions for many reasons. Goal setting is more my style. I guess they might be the same thing. For 2010, I decided to borrow an idea from a friend of selecting a theme for the year.  My theme was to Make a Difference.  I have tried to write more about causes  and other ways to make a difference. Spent some time this week redoing the Make a Difference Section.

Life doesn’t always go the way we plan. Sometimes even the unexpected bumps in life can turn out to unexpected blessings. I just have to be willing to trust God and look for the blessings.

One of those unexpected things this year is an unplanned move to problems with our condo.   I absolutely hate moving.  The process of moving can be a difficult and at times an insurmountable task. During the moving process I will eventually reach a point where I just want to toss everything or just leave. It was during the packing and unpacking stage that I realized there were some important lessons that can be learned from moving.  First, God is in the business of fresh starts and is willing to forgive us when we make a mess of things. This doesn’t mean there are no consequences from past actions. Second, sometimes you just have to get rid of the junk in our lives. Finally, a change of location can also change ones outlook and perspective.

It is so easy to forget that I was created by God, in his image and to have fellowship with him. Somehow I get my priorities messed up  and focus on my needs, wants and goals.

Real faith isn’t just for Sundays. What good is faith that does not affect ones daily life? Situations that challenge ones faith can also cause it to grow.  It is important to move from just reading about matters of faith and actually practice what one  believes.

People are more important than having nice things. Do not sacrifice friendships or other relationship to gain more things. Seize the little moments to make memories; you never know how many more you will get.

Those are just a few of my observations from 2010.

 

2010 in Review

Wow, it is almost 2011. It seems like the year has flown by. It is time for my annual year in review of TheDeeZone highlights for the year.

January

Tim Tebow

So Long and Good Luck, Timmy

Originally posted 9 January 2010.

Last Friday’s Sugar bowl marked the end of an era for Gator Nation.  It was the last game for one of most accomplished classes in Gator Football history.  Tim Tebow had an amazing run as the quarterback for the University of Florida. He won the Heisman as a sophomore. I really wasn’t in favor of Tebow winning the Heisman as a sophomore because I believe the award should be reserved for seniors. Yes, I think players shouldn’t be allowed to go to the NFL until at least after their junior year.  Tebow also graduated in December 2009. Graduating in 3 1/2 years is accomplishment for any student especially an athlete. More

February

Rainbows and Surprise Blessings

Originally posted 1 February 2010.

One morning last week, I saw this rainbow one my way to work. The job I have now is certainly not my first choice or one I thought I would ever have.  A couple of years ago I lost a job that I really liked due to the economy. I was actually doing quite well at the job. Since I lost my job it has been a struggle.  Back in November, an unexpected job opportunity appeared. I really just took the job for finical reasons. More

March

Originally posted 22 March 2010.

My Word: Tuesday: Lake Wauburg

We have started hiking and exploring local parks. A few weeks ago we went to Lake Wauburg. Lake Wauburg is a recreational facility for University of Florida students as staff.

I really enjoy using the black & white settings on my camera. I like how the lake is peaking through the trees.

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April

Song of the Day: Lead Me

Originally posted 30 April 2010.

Since I heard Santcus Real’s song Lead Me on Air1 it has become my new favorite song. Lead Me is from their latest release Pieces of A Real Heart.

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May

WTG Big Guy!!!

Originally posted 29 May 2010

Several months ago the Big Guy submitted an article for this book.

June

Top 10: Random Tips for Life

Originally posted8 June 2010

#10: Never wash reds and whites together in hot water, unless of course you like wearing tiny pink clothes.

#9: Never mess with a nerd, he/she might be your boss one day.

#8: You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

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July

Would I Survive No Internet for a Whole Month?

Originally posted  20 July 2010.

Hmm… a month without the internet… could I make? That would be a tough one. It would probably be hard, especially if all forms of internet usage including email, Skpe and instant messaging were included in the ban.

Work usage of email and selected sites would have to be excluded. Email is one of the primary ways I communicate at work and many of the manuals, forms and databases for work are on-line. More

August

“I’m just a struggling Christian; not a good one like you.”

Originally posted 2 August 2010.

That statement from a conversation I had last month has haunted me. It is the kind of statement that just sticks with you and pops up when least expected. There are many aspects of that statement that get me.

First,  I’m a struggling Christian. Honestly, most Christians are struggling even if they are not willing to admit it.  Contrary to what many think being a Christian does not magically erase all struggle from our lives. It is a process or journey in which one’s faith grows. More

September

Rangers Win AL West

Originally posted 26  September 2010.

Rangers are the 2010 AL West Division Champs.

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October

Rangers win AL Championship!!!!!!

Originally posted 23 October 2010.

2010 AL Champs Texas RangersMore

November

Gifts

Originally posted 28 November 2010.

Friday marked be official opening of the biggest retail season of the year. Stores opened in the wee hours of the morning. Shoppers lined up even earlier to in hopes of getting a great deal on that perfect gift. There are some that get so caught in buying stuff that they even resort to violence.  With all of the events and preparations for the holiday it is easy to get caught up in “stuff” of Christmas and forget true meaning of Christmas.  Christmas is about the ultimate gift — God’s gift of eternal life. More

December

Amazing Teen

Originally posted 15 December  2010

This one has been sitting in my drafts folder since October and I just haven’t gotten it written.   I first saw this on the ABC World News with Dianne Sawyer. On October 14Aaron Fortheringham was selected as ABC’s Person of the Week.  Like many teens Aaron is into extreme sports and can often be found at his local skate park. Unlike, other skaters Aaron uses a wheelchair to pull off back-flips. Aaron was born with spina bifida. He got his first wheelchair when he was 3 by the time he was 8 Aaron was using a wheelchair most of the time. Several years ago Aaron’s older brother Brian took him to a local skate park.  A bunch of skaters pushed Aaron to the top and he promptly fell out of his chair. Aaron got back up and tried again. Eventually he was dominating the skate park.  Aaron can even do a back-flip in his wheelchair. One day he would like to design a reasonably priced line of rugged wheelchairs for kids that would all other kids to get out and move.

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Reflections on Horton Hears a Who

horton.jpgMonday night the Big Guy and I went to see Horton Hears a Who. I know you are probably thinking hey isn’t that a kid’s movie. Yes, it is and by the way there were only 4 other people in the theater all adults. It surprised me that The Big Guy wanted to see the movie. He wanted to see it because, it had a good approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Apparently, the rating a movie gets is important when he is selecting a movie to see. However, I have always been a Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss fan and loved the book when I was a child. Educationally, I think Dr. Seuss books are great. The rhyming and language selection makes them great books for beginning readers.

Well, being a fan of the book and Dr. Seuss, I was all set for an enjoyable moving going experience. The theater wasn’t crowded so I had room to get comfortable. As a plus there were no screaming kids or talking people and the theater was almost empty. As I was enjoying the movie. I began to realize there are lot good things to be learned from this movie. Wait a minute this is supposed to be a kid’s movie, I want to be entertained not learn something. I have decided to share some of the things I gleaned from the movie.

The first one that caught my attention was Kangaroo’s reaction to Horton hearing an unseen voice. Her philosophy was if you can’t see it, feel it or touch it then; it doesn’t exist. This is the same approach many take with God because they cannot see God he must not exist. According to Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Think I will write more on this in another post.

Horton’s determination to do the right thing. It would have been much easier for Horton to just bow to Kangaroo’s wishes. Of course, that would have prevented much of his trials, of course cut the movie very short. Horton did not let what others thought, peer pressure, hardships or discouragement prevent him from doing the right thing.

The movie also provided a great example of mob psychology. The animals were quick to follow Kangaroo’s lead against Horton. When Horton was proved correct the tide of public opinion quickly turned against Kangaroo.

Of course one of the most important lessons learned from Horton is the value of people. “A person is a person no matter how small.” Too many times it is easy just to look at the outward appearance of a person and make a quick judgment based on that. All humans were created in the image of God and should be treated with respect and dignity. How many times do we take the time to actually get to know others before making a judgment about who or what we think they are?

A final lesson I learned from Horton is persistence. Horton was determined to complete his mission when faced with obstacles and peer pressure. He kept going even when it would have been easier to quit.

If you get a chance be sure to check out Horton Hears a Who. It is a great movie for children and adults. So if you are looking for an a good family movie or a great date night, Horton Hears a Who is the movie for you.