On a long walk to Walmart from my hotel today in Savannah, Georgia, I came across a ditch with an interesting history. I’ll share that in today’s podcast. Driving, I would have never noticed, and I doubt many other people do.
It got me thinking, what else do I not notice? What life happens right under my nose? Where should I be looking?
Listening seems to be a perishing skill.
That might not be more apparent than a visit to your local health clinic. While the staff at our's is very nice, come in with anything outside of the box, you might as well start googling on your own. Ask for alternatives, you might as well start googling on your own. Ask them something not listed on their screen, you’ll see a “are you speaking” look on their faces.
But it’s not just there. With more information at our fingertips, people seem less inquisitive. I see this traveling as I steel glances at people’s “smart” phones and observe that most of their time is spent numbing their minds.
Listening is powerful. The secret to your relationship problems, family issues, business difficulties, might be as simple as shutting up and listening to someone.
James 1:19 – “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
The Labor Department has released a report that US Inflation was at its worst since 2008, and it is rising. Pay attention, don’t be complacent for what may be coming. Use it as fuel to be proactive in all areas of your life.
From a Wall Street Journal article on the report:
“The Labor Department said May’s increase in consumer inflation was the largest since August 2008. The jump followed a 4.2% rise for the year ended in April. The core-price index, which excludes the often-volatile categories of food and energy, rose 3.8% in May from a year before—the largest increase for that reading since June 1992.
Prices for used cars and trucks leapt 7.3% from the previous month, driving one-third of the rise in the overall index. The indexes for furniture, airline fares and apparel also rose sharply in May”
Food makers said their costs are climbing at an alarming rate, prompting them to raise some prices. “The inflation pressure we’re seeing is significant,” General Mills Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Harmening said at a recent investor conference. “It’s probably higher than we’ve seen in the last decade.”
Yesterday, we remembered Jack London. His inspiration and his hard lessons. Today, a few short selections from the great writer to discuss and ponder:
“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”
“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
The writer, Jack London, hearkened to the call of the wild, but the wild might have gotten the best of him.
At the age of 13 he worked 12-18 hours a day in a cannery. He left that to become an oyster pirate. At 17, he signed onto a schooner and sailed for Japan. Along with some other incredibly hard jobs, he lived the life of a tramp shortly at the age of 17. After all of this, he returned to High School.
Then in 1897, at the age of 21, he joined the Klondike gold rush, and the experiences there would fuel his literary career. He began writing magazine articles and by 1903 he had published, The Call of The Wild, and was world famous. He was 27.
A lifetime of experience behind him, and what looked like a long successful life ahead of him, Jack London suddenly died at the age of 40. He’d had many sicknesses in his life, and he had become an alcoholic who relied on morphine for his physical pain. The wild had overcome the great American novelist.
My parents visited Sunday afternoon and we had a peaceful visit eating, walking in the yard, and talking about life.
My dad writes a regular newspaper column and we spent some time talking about one of his upcoming columns on how we take for granted many of the activities available in our local area. We look far away for “things to do” but if we would just be a bit more curious, we might be surprised what we find next door, so to speak.
Later that evening as I sat with my wife enjoying the summer breeze, I was reminded that home is what you make it. The greenest grass is that which you plant at home, wherever that may be.
An officer at recent class showed me a note he carried around with himself that went something like this, “Do my actions teach my children to be honest, dependable, and loving.”
We have more power to influence others with our actions than we might think. The way we talk to check-out people at stores, the way we react to strangers, the behaviors our family and friends see us exhibit every day. They all have some influence.
From Titus 2:7-8 “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”
Maybe carry your own note, “What I’m doing right now is an influence on someone.”