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To the Point: Positive Personal Growth

"Life is a process in which I must focus on progress." Merry Hearts Medicine

No one is perfect, but each of us should be perfecting.  If you fail to meet worthy goals, please don’t give up.  Instead, try to learn from your mistakes and regrets, and move forward in a positive direction.

This topic reminds me of a lame joke I heard as a child.  Do you remember this one?

How do you eat an elephant?

 

One bite at a time.

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To the Point: The Time Is Now

I just received a message that a friend of mine’s mother passed away this morning.  He already lost his wife and children in a tragic car wreck years ago.

Saturday I’m going to a candlelight memorial for a young couple who were killed while riding a motorcycle last year.  They were on their way home from a bible study about marriage and were excitedly making plans for their upcoming wedding.

We often live like life is guaranteed…but it isn’t.  We waste time, we ignore loved ones, we stay busy with things that aren’t truly most important to us because we plan to do all those important things “later.”

Here’s the point I’d like you to consider:

If you knew for a fact that you were going to die tomorrow, how would you change the way you live today?  Those changes reveal where your priorities should be.

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To the Point: Heart to Heart

I had a long heart-to-heart talk with a dear friend of mine last night.  We laughed; we cried; we honestly shared our hopes and concerns.  We disagreed on a few things, but our friendship was not harmed because we value each other’s ideas and will carefully consider each other’s loving advice.

Genuinely loving someone is doing what is best for that person.  It is helping that person mature and move forward in a positive direction, even if their personal growth will involve some growing pains.

Genuinely loving someone is NOT hiding the truth to avoid dealing with the risk of conflict or disappointment.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

~ Proverbs 27:6

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To the Point: When?

People can get trapped in the fallacy of future happiness.

“When I turn 18 (or 21 or 30 or some other magical number)…  When I get my house paid off…  When I get that promotion at work…  When I get this weight off…  When my spouse finally understands me…then I’ll have it made!”

How unfortunate to let future aspirations rob you of the joy that comes from appreciating what you have now.