Nov 05 2011

"RaRa MaMa"

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

Maybe you experienced this throughout your day too…it’s full of some people that criticize you and bring you down…point out everything you’re doing wrong. 

I gotta admit it has taken me hours to get over a rough start to my day.  Not bad in the whole scheme of things, but my son literally got sick as I was walking out the door, my nanny had to peel him off of me so I could get to work.  So naturally running late and pulled out a little too quick out of my neighborhood.  I admit it was my fault.

And the driver I somewhat cut off would not let me forget it.  She was gesturing, I won't go into detail cause well you know, and she was driving a minivan too.  I wanted to roll down my window and say "hey, you and me, we are fellow minivan drivers so were on the same team!" 

Why is it that when that happens you always end up going the same route, keep pulling up next to that person pretending like you don’t see them.  She was being kind of a Mully, that’s my term for a mom-bully.

Then, I got this note from Kerri on my Facebook page. she’s the opposite of a Mully.    

She wrote:  “Mom's let us always hold one another UP instead of tearing one another (and one another's kids) down”       

Exactly my point, okay so I think we have a new term, one of those friends that encourages you and makes you feel better even when you mess up.  She’s one of those friends that will show up on the sidelines when you’re doing one of those breast cancer walks or runs.

Let’s call her a "RaRa Mama."   Gotta add that one to the lingo we love blog.  Tell me about a "RaRa Mama" in your life.

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Nov 04 2011

The Limited or Unlimited Life

Wondering if your life feels limited...or unlimited. 

Maybe you caught the Steve Jobs documentary that premiered this week on PBS.  I got about 5 minutes in, and hit rewind over and over on my DVR, to make sure I got this quote right.  

In an old interview Steve Jobs said,

"When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world.  Try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.  That's a very limited life.  Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you.  And you can change it, you can influence it.  You can build your own things that other people can use.  Once you learn that, you will never be the same again." -Steve Jobs

At first, I was offended.  How could he call family life a limited life?  Steve Jobs, may have wanted to change the world and influence it by building cool stuff.  I may not be able to build or invent anything, but we get to do something better, we are building people who will grow up to build more people all who believe in the unconditional love of others.  

I want to change the world and influence it by building cool people that believe in a very cool God.  I want to raise my children to love God, and serve God, to see needs and meet them, changing the way the world sees God one life at a time.  

We have an amazing opportunity to teach our families and those in our sphere of influence an unlimited view of life that they can in turn teach others.  A life that is based on knowing that God is real, knowing that God is not mad at you, that He is not counting up your sins, that he cares so deeply for you that he rejoices over you with singing, His thoughts towards you are countless as the sand on the seashore.  He even says he knows how many hairs are on your head. Knowing a God like that is on your side, then what couldn't you accomplish? Who cares what people think your life should be like.  If your life doesn't fit the mold of a perfect family in a perfect 4 bedroom house in the perfect school district, welcome to the club, welcome to the unlimited life.


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