Monday, February 16, 2015

"Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho"

February 16, 2015

     Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fame are my heroes—they enjoyed their work! “To dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, is what we really like to do” sang the dwarfs all the way home from their underground diamond mine.
    “Work” has been on my mind lately for several reasons. Maybe it’s because I’m too pooped to pop or because Dr. Clinton Smith recently gave a presentation titled, The Morality and Nobility of Business. After reading Thou Shalt Prosper by Daniel Lapin, Dr. Smith, Senior Engineer at a Phoenix engineering technology firm, was motivated to encourage those attending a lunchtime leadership forum to embrace two important concepts— that business is a moral [good] activity and that there is inherent nobility in the activity of working and business.”
     According to Smith, “business is both right and good.” It’s right because, “business creates wealth, which helps many by paying wages, stimulating the economy, and funding charity. In addition, profit results from mutually beneficial interaction with other human beings.” And business is good he pointed out because, “business is about service—service of the customer, the employees, the community.”
     To defend his theory that work is noble, Dr. Smith adapted the definition of noble “[the quality of being] very good or excellent” to read, “working (of any sort), particularly in business, is excellent.” Since “work builds character; perseverance, patience, and reliability, and because work is good, and related to production and provides value to individuals, their families, and corporations, there is inherent nobility in the activity of working and business,” emphasized Smith.
     You’ve probably had work on your mind too—it’s a 24/7/365 kind of a thing. Whether you’re Grumpy or Happy or Bashful or Sneezy while on the job, whether your work is inside or outside the home or both, and whether your work is great or a grind, keep in mind that your work is both good and noble. And one of these days try whistling “Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho” while you’re hard at w.o.r.k.… might make that job a lot more fun!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Being Early is Being on Time.....

February 3, 2015

"Being early is being on time," says one of my sons-in-law and to be honest, it's a struggle! But today I read an article in the Wall Street Journal that had some very practical tips for being on time like:

+don't double book--no one can be in two places at one time--#of times I've forgotten to check my working calendar....countless!

 +if you've got a top o' the morning meeting or appointment, have clothes ready the night before and use an alarm without a snooze function; 

+if you get to the meeting early reward yourself by taking 5 with a cup o' joe; 

+get enough sleep to think clearly; 

+consider the cost of being late---remember those past consequences...;

+visualize yourself being on time--stay focused on that goal; 

+when preparing to leave, let your phone go to voice mail

+and finally set a phone alarm for when you need to get ready to leave and another for when you need to be out the door.

Now for implementation.....#the struggle is real!

(for more on the psychology of tardiness go to:)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer R&R For The Soul

Phoenix, AZ, Summer 2011 has been unreasonably HOT here in the Arizona desert. But, in spite of the blistering heat, events of the grandest proportions have been happening at Warpaint and beyond.

Not to overshadow the 225th birthday of our grand ole' republic, but...Claire Marie Smith, made her debut on Saturday, July 2nd! Her beautiful, dark hair immediately brings a smile to this Dede's face. Welcome, baby sister, to our crazy, upside down Smith herd...we're so glad you're here!

In between Claire's arrival and Jim's 58th birthday this weekend,
5 of our peeps headed north to Colorado Springs to hike Pike's
Peak, do summer chores with the Dawsons, participate in the Rocky Mountain Games Triathalon, attend Summit Ministries Leadership Camp
and enjoy precious time with family and friends. Just a week ago, another bunch of us headed west to La Jolla so that 2 of our runners could tackle the America's Finest City 1/2 Marathon, while a handful flew east to Buffalo and beyond for birthdays galore. And summer's not even over yet!

Taking time for rest, refreshment, and restoration during the summer break is well, non-negotiable, right? But as Labor Day weekend--the official end of summer---approaches,you may be experiencing the polar opposite of refreshment.

Maybe a weekend getaway wasn't a reality, so try this...hold a brand, newborn little person and pat her back ever so sweetly, or set aside time to read even one page of The Help, or spend an hour visiting with an old friend or family member, or sit down and write a note to someone you appreciate,or listen to music-Rhapsody in Blue or Word of God Speak.

But, if your craziness won't make room for even one of the above,then squeeze this in... sit quietly, somewhere, on your patio or in the park and think. Yes, just think! Think of a happy occasion or sweet memory, think about a story of bravery or poignant kindness. Think about God's great faithfulness and His new every morning mercies...plum the depths of these truths every quiet thinking chance you get and you'll be "called out of darkness into His marvelous light." I Peter 2:9

True rest and refreshment is's tangible...and it's easy
to overlook because we're so busy with every minute detail. Being still and quietly thinking is well, as Jeremiah 6:16 says, "...where the good way is....walk in it, and find rest for your souls."  

Happy Trails!