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Some Keys to Understanding and Being Understood

A sweet woman approached our product table at Legacy Five’s Memorial Day Celebration.

After looking everything over, she asked, “Do you have any CM ones?”

Our staff kindly responded that we didn’t have any ‘CM ones’. They had never heard of a ‘CM one’. Neither had I.  We must have looked very confused.

At that point the lady declared, “You most certainly have ‘CM ones!’  I have five of Ken’s ‘CM ones’.” My sister likes the ‘Hear M ones,’  but I like the ‘CM ones.'”

Suddenly I understood…

A Parent’s Confession is Good for More than One Soul

A Parenting Principle that Works in Every Relationship You May Have

shutterstock_148510727Nothing harms relationships more than trying to perpetuate the perception of perfection.

That is my quote. It demonstrates why it’s so healthy— and necessary— for us to maintain a sense of humor about ourselves, and even to laugh at ourselves now and then.

This “perfection” principle is proven in every facet of life. Yet parenthood provides some of the most compelling evidence of it’s truth.

Parents who pretend to be perfect detonate explosions that can alienate, sabotage communication, and inflict casualties of conflict and guilt not only in their children but in themselves.

In the early days of my ministry I conducted seminars on parent-teen relationships across the country.  As a part of the seminars we surveyed several hundred teenagers. One of the questions in the survey was this: “What words do you most want to hear from your parents?” Of course, “I love you” was the overwhelming first choice. It was their second choice that caught me by surprise!

Signs of the Times

An Optimistic Look into the Future

shutterstock_43427020Signs are designed to catch our attention. They alert us to danger or promote some product. Some signs, however, defy understanding. The following are signs found in real life:

  • On a bag of Fritos: “You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside.”
  • On packaging for a Rowenta Iron: “Do not iron clothes on body.”
  • On a Korean kitchen knife: “Warning. Keep out of children.”
  • On an American Airlines packet of nuts: “Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts.”
  • On a Swedish chain saw: “Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands.”

Wait there’s more! Thanks to Bob Gallagher for reminding me of this post.