Friday, February 15, 2008

Wah, Wah, Wah

One of the jokes management tells about pilots is "if their lips are moving they're whining". It is all to easy to get caught up in the mob mentality and one upsmanship when someone starts complaining.

No organization is perfect! The problem with organizations is they are made up of people. Last time I checked there has only been one perfect person here on earth. So there are lots of things to complain, whine and moan about. It is so easy to get caught up in a gripefest whirlwind with others.

The hard part is stopping that snowball before it becomes an avalanche. You can be the one to break the cycle. Just bring up a positive point. Not argumentative but one of those 'have you considered this' type of questions. Or, 'they really made an effort to handle that situation well'.

We can undermine our relationships in the same manner. Do we think of the positive things our friends do? Or, do we constantly dwell on the negative unpleasant actions.

I dare you to be the one to stand up! Break the cycle!

Make a positive point about your oraganization.

Make a positive point about your children.

Make a positive point about your spouse.

Make a positive point about God.


Monday, February 4, 2008


Just got back from a week in Canada. Vancouver was ok, snow and rain highs in the 30's f. Edmonton was a little, no, a lot different. It was clear but the high in Edmonton was a -13 f with a low of -29 f. Yes that was 29 degrees below zero. As one of the crew said you don't live in that kind of weather you survive it. Calgary was a little warmer, when we left it was -5 degrees. The temperature in Dallas upon arrival was 75 degrees. So we gained 80 degrees in about three hours. Glad to be back in the warm!

Cold extremes are hard on equipment. Any drip you have in warm weather becomes a leak when the cold contracts everything. Batteries get real weak and oil very thick. You have to make preparations to survive the cold weather.

Life is a lot like that. Preparations need to be made so you can survive the extremes. Extremes are the parts of life that happen to other people. Cancer, job loss, death. The things that test your relationship to God.


1. Spend time in His word, listening.

2. Spend time in prayer, sharing your heart.

3. Spend time with a 'strong believer', sharing and growing your faith.

Books are written on each of these tasks. So they may be simple but they can be so rich and rewarding as you delve deeper into them.