~ Adapted from John C. Maxwell’s new book Intentional Living
I’m convinced that most people want to live a life of purpose.
The vast popularity of Rick Warren’s book The Purpose-Drive Life was in part based on this desire, which became evident when millions of people bought the book.
Yes, it’s Christmas time. Schools are preparing to close, people are scheduling their vacations, and the malls are full of people trying to buy the perfect gift. It is time for cheer, gifts and celebration.
At school, everyone is buzzing around, humming Christmas songs. The air around school is filled with laughter and smiles. The faculty, staff and students begin to count the days until winter break. As our annual holiday party draws near, presents are wrapped and the spirit of giving is in the air.
Graduation is a very important day for students, families, friends and school personnel. It is recognition of success. Graduation validates our hard work and commitment. It is especially important for high school students.
While some students enter high school focused on graduation, for most students it’s four years away and not on their radar. However, during the next four years it moves from the bottom of the list to first on list. Why do you think that happens?
When I was a little girl one of my favorite activities in the summer was making ice cream at my great grandparent’s house.
The days were hot and we would run through the sprinklers giggling and laughing to cool off. When my great grandparents would announce we were going to make ice cream, we would scream and cheer!
When our children were young, we would remind them to be nice to others. I would use the same quote my mother would say to me, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.” Of course, children will be children.
As you can imagine, our five children didn’t always get along with each other. Unfortunately, they didn’t demonstrate many intentional acts of kindness. There were times when our children would say or do things to intentionally cause pain to their siblings.
I recently went to the doctor because I was suffering from a minor ailment. Now, before I go any further let me explain something; I don’t like going to the doctor.
Since I raised five children and treated their many different aliments over the years, I believed I could treat myself. So as you can imagine, I was feeling pretty bad to make a doctor’s appointment, before my husband asked me to do so!