Apr 22, 2013

Four Words of Advice

Parental advice too often sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher. All the kids hear is "Wah wah wah wah...." The more I talk, the less they hear. With emphasis on brevity, here is the most succinct advice I can offer my children:

Dental Hygiene: Brush and floss daily.
Driving: Blessed are the merciful.
Investments: Buy low, sell high.
Heaven: Despair not; presume not. 
Food: Gluttony is a sin.
Dating: Keep your pants on.
Gratitude: Be the tenth leper.
Authenticity: Be who you are.
Moving on: Don't forget to write! 
Always remember: You are blessed indeed!


Feb 15, 2013

You Can't Always Get What You Want

This is for the Carnival Triumph passengers, and anyone facing a bitter disappointment right now.

You go on a cruise for relaxation, adventure, pampering even.

You get power outages, malfunctioning toilets, food shortages.

Hey, this isn't what I signed up for!

Sometimes the thing you cursed turns out to be your greatest blessing.

Did you learn that you are capable of surviving something you never knew you could? Did you learn the importance of keeping a good attitude in spite of adversity? Did you see the cream rise to the top and people come out in droves to help others? Did you get to wave to your mom on CNN? Did you bring home memories that will sustain and encourage you next time the power goes out at your house for 20 minutes?

You can't always get what you want. Sometimes you get something better.

What blessing did you curse today,
and how are you going to change your attitude?