Tag: reflection

Daily Practice for 2017.10.12 – What purpose will you seek today?

Daily Practice for 2017.10.12 – What purpose will you seek today?

Meditation Yesterday, I left off with this conversation snippet... ME: I admire Colin Kaepernick for his stance and starting the whole kneeling thing. PERSON: I just don't want to see it. I've actually had this conversation twice. One of them started this way and the other ended this way. The first time I had this conversation that led to it ending this way, I thought it was a victory to get to this point and away from the bitter vitriol that was directed towards Colin Kaepernick. The second time it happened, I preached a Bystander Intervention sermon using the Good Samaritan as my example of good intervention and bad intervention :). I also wove some history of why intervention of the isms is necessary, including what we are seeing right now in the NFL with Colin Kaepernick. I incl...
Daily Practice for 2017.10.10 – What crucial conversation will you have? How will you have it?

Daily Practice for 2017.10.10 – What crucial conversation will you have? How will you have it?

Meditation I'm reading an excellent book, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, by Kerry Patterson. I like it because it taps into some of the things that Peacemaking Circles do even though it isn't at all about Peacemaking. And, let's face it, not everyone is going to want to sit down and have a Peacemaking Circle with me. It's important because it taps into an experience I recently had. Without giving too much away, it went like this: Person A, Bill, does something that is in conflict with organizational goals and with other people. Bill does not contact anyone so ill will festers. There are feasible reasons for the non-contact like extensive travel. Finally, a conference call is had. Bill keeps talking about the decision in the third person. Such as "they
Daily Practice for 2017.10.06 – What will you change today?

Daily Practice for 2017.10.06 – What will you change today?

Meditation Lately, I've been feeling like my daily practice and prayer has not been working for me. I suppose that I'm feeling like I have too much to do. Shocker. That is true. Most of us have too much to do. And right now, I am experiencing the reality of what Taylor Gould describes as: "Part time ministry is a full time lie." Yaas! And I have two full time lies. And I'm working on my PhD. Blarg. Therefore, it is time to simplify my meditations. So I have decided to focus on sharing philosophies, readings, and writings from the things I'm reading for my PhD program. Partly because it is pretty interesting to me and partly because there is a core truth that I believe in. The only person you can change is yourself. The program I am in is a Leadership PhD program. One of ...