Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Not Quite Legendary Creatures

Myths, legends and horror stories abound with the terror that some animals evoke. But few consider the toll a night of terrorizing takes on those who maurade by moonlight.  

Not every animal can make the grade either. For every werewolf, there are many more unaware wolves. They never made it into the legends. But a lot more of them have survived and are still with us today.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Formed by Focus

This cruel invention, a cat and mouse door knocker, made me realize that not everyone is inspired in a positive manner by contemplating animal relationships.

The mind of man can find both the noble and the morbid to dwell on. But what we observe and celebrate does not leave us unaffected. We are formed by what we focus on.

Art does not leave you unmoved. It is either uplifting, or it takes you in the other direction. Be careful to focus on the positive and uplifting, if that is what you want to become.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Trouble with Overly Spontaneous Personal Illustrations.

I  like using my pets as sermon illustrations, but when I get too spontaneous and stray too far from my sermon notes, sometimes it doesn't go over so well.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Practice Patience in the Pursuit of Progress

There are plenty of challenges in life that require maturity, focus and experience to do them well. The problem is that, when we are new at everything, we have none of those things. That is OK, if we are willing to grow.

Practice patience with yourself and others in the beginning of a thing, but also be careful to pursue progress. Being playful, unfocused and mistake prone can be amusing at first. But later on, not so much.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Humor and Trust Make For Fun Times

Complete trust in someone worthy of that trust, combined with a sense of humor, can result in some very good experiences.

Happy to Take Up Your Space

How I feel when I get to the most comfy place on the couch first.

Just taking up space seems to be a waste. But if it's a space someone else wants to be in, there is a special pleasure in taking it up.

Maybe it is the anticipation that your favorite person will soon share it with you. Or maybe there will be snacks.

Either way, it's all good.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

It's Only Over-Reacting if The Spider Didn't Die

It is easy to accuse other people of over-reacting. But then again, we don't always get to see what they were reacting to.  We might be even more extreme if we faced what they faced.