The Brass Monkey Principle

shutterstock_138194669Have you ever made the following promise to God or to yourself? “I’m never going to do ‘THAT’ again!” Fill in your own blank for the word “THAT.” Many of us make that promise over and over. Eventually we grow discouraged and become resigned to doing “THAT” for the rest of our lives.

Such behavior focuses on the problem rather than the solution. As a result whatever “THAT” is, becomes our master. We become prisoners of the very “THATS” we yearn to avoid.

A college professor taught me how to change my focus and make positive changes in my life. He called the lesson “The Brass Monkey Principle.”

3 Steps to Get You out from Behind the Eight-Ball!

kenbehind8The expression behind the eight ball comes from the pool-table. In some pool games, sinking or even touching the eight-ball is taboo except in the final play of the game. To be “behind the eight-ball” is to be unable to proceed with scoring important points in the game.

At some point in time all of us find “the demands on our time” looming like a monstrous eight ball obstructing our view and enjoyment of some of the most important things in life.

I have been there and done that. Wait! I still can fall into that trap. But every once in a while I get a glimpse of the open pocket and a chance to score some important points in life.  The eight-ball isn’t gone but it is smaller. There are some steps to get around it that can lead to some amazingly stress free moments of real life.

I hope you will find these insights helpful as you face the eight- balls in your life.

90 Ways to Brighten Your Day!

PastedGraphic-1The evening news often starts with these words, “Good Evening.”  Unfortunately, that is often the last good thing you hear.

In a world that seems to be falling apart at the seams, negative thinking and depressing attitudes are causing people to be physically sick.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something to make you smile, brighten your day and fill it with hope? There is!

In fact there are 90 of those kind of lighthearted devotionals packed into my new book, Lighten up and Live.

I thought the following story was perfect for Thanksgiving, especially for anyone who has tried to teach a teenager how to drive. Check it out! 

Questions that Lead to Freedom from Fear

7 - 8 236As we were driving to our beautiful mountain getaway in Colorado, my then three year old Granddaughter, Jadyn, asked where our cabin was located. I pointed to the mountains in this picture and said:

“Our cabin is located right where those five lines come down the mountain.”

She stared intently at the mountains for several minutes. Then the following conversation took place…

Are you Fierce?

shutterstock_133493660Recently I saw a painting of an eagle. He was launching himself from his perch, his eyes intently focused on something I could not see. Every thing about him was fierce. I thought of how rare that kind of intensity is in our culture today.