Leadership

Monday, March 26, 2007

Life is Short, Enjoy It!

So here I am, another Monday, another day off. Last week I took two days off in a row - ac tually, two weeks in a row! Good for me! Yes, a well deserved pat on the back! I know, it's not everyday you can do that, especially for us workaholics and perfectionists. However, today I deserve it. Mind you, I don't deserve much else - I'm miserable today. Grumped at everyone. Could have been the fact that I was up late last night mopping up vomit - yes, you heard me - YUCK!

Well, Nathan has been sick with stomache flu and he's passed it on to Evan. It seems that the flu bug just doesn't want to leave us alone. I'm taking Nathan to the dr's this week to have him checked out - he's been sick a lot this year and missed a lot of school. Hopefully, we can get him on the mend soon. I'm not sure how much more stuff Ed and I are gonna want to wipe up!!! Poor boy!

Well, life has a way of taking the mickey out of you sometimes. It's been a trying time - looking for balance and peace. I noticed that for the last few years, February and March are not good months for me. It seems like the busy time from September till now ends up with me very tired, flared up and feeling generally lousy. I usually check out in May and count the days till vacation. This year we get five weeks holiday and I can't wait until I can relax at my trailer and snooze under the canopy listening to the breeze. Those dreams will sustain me till then.

I bought a new book today - a new author. I was at Chapters spending my gift card from Derek for Christmas, and I was quickly browsing through the mystery section and noticed a book - "The Various Haunts of Men" by Susan Hill. Hopefully, I'll like it. The last time that happened I ended up with over seven books by Stephen Booth - he's turned out to be one of my favourite mystery writers now.

Life has a way of making sure you keep your sense of humour. Today I received an email from someone about balance. Instead of forwarding it, I'm going to print it here:




A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience
raised a glass of water and asked: 'How heavy is this glass of
water?' Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends

on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a
problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right
arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.

In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the
heavier it becomes.' He continued, 'And that's the way it is with
stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or
later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to
carry on. '

'As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. '

'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now,

let them down for a moment if you can.' So, my friend, why not take a
while to just simply RELAX. Put down anything that may be a burden to you
right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while

Life is short - Enjoy it !



  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

  • If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague

  • Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

  • When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane
grace...Kathie







Wednesday, March 21, 2007

God Forgive Me....




I think that I need to ask God for forgiveness. I'm sure I've done something - can't figure out what, but I have this guilty feeling. What could it be? Well, I did cheat on my diet - again. Actually, I also really got mad at Evan and raised my voice, a bit harsh. And I was a bit grouchy at my brother today. Oh, yeah, and also, I've been really impatient with people lately.

So I guess I figured out what was making me feel so guilty!

Do you ever feel like you can't get anything right? That's me lately. Sometimes I feel like one big let down, I disappoint others, my family, myself. I feel like I'm going to God over and over to ask for forgiveness. For the same things.
Well, thank goodness that God's storehouse is overflowing and His grace flows freely. I need it so desperately at times.
grace...kathie




Sunday, March 11, 2007

Will it ever end...


Have you ever felt that something had its clutches in you and you couldn't break free? Has it ever felt that it was raining on you, all the time and not on anyone else?

Rain, Rain go away, come again another day... no, wait a cotton pickin minute - what am I saying, don't come back - ever!

That's what I've felt like with various health issues lately. I got over the flu only to come down with a terrible cold just a week later! So now here I am in bed, stuffy, yucky nose stuff and a scratchy sore throat, no energy, trying to keep going in spite of it all.

I think it might have something to do with working six days a week since September.

Well, it's time to get serious about my health, my weight and my work habits. I'm not sure how I'll manage it but I know I can't do it on my own. I'm going to have to ask Jesus to help me with this one.

But I have such a hard time doing that, it's just not funny. I've grown accustomed to having my own way about things. I struggle with God's will for my daily life. Not the big stuff, just the everyday little stuff. But I know that God wants to use me in a much more effective way, I just cannot seem to get how to do that.

So I'm going to have to ask Him to do this stuff for me. If I can trust Him with the big stuff I can trust him with the little every day things.

Help me Jesus!

grace...kathie