A few weeks ago, my husband was talking to a room full of teenagers. He told them a story about a young African man that walked several miles a day to earn money to visit a religious temple. As far as worldly riches, the young man had nothing and it took him a few years to earn the money, but he did it. He made a real and significant sacrifice for his faith. “In each of your families you have someone like that. Someone that sacrificed for their faith. Find out who they are and what they did. You will be stronger for it.”
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In Rachel Joyce's fictional story: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, you meet Harold, a retiree, and his wife, Maureen, who have lived in a small English village for many years. It is not a happy home and “marriage” is not an accurate label for their living arrangement. They co-exist under the same roof but live separate lives. Maureen finds most everything Harold does an irritant, including the way he butters toast. Harold lives colorlessly as one predictable day blends routinely into the next, that is, until a letter arrives.
How’s your posture these days? Some recent photos were a big indicator that mine needs some help! Here are ten tips that will help us all stand straight and tall for as long we live!
MYTH: You wouldn’t buy a car until you had taken a test drive, and it is unwise to make a marriage commitment before you have lived together long enough to know if it will work. TRUTH: It is the commitment that will make a marriage work. Real security comes from promising and implementing complete allegiance, not from conditional, tentative try-it-and-see.
We have an 18-year-old son who recently graduated from high school and has no interest in higher education or vocational training and, when asked about his future plans, tells everyone he’s going to be in a band. He’s a talented musician, but we’re trying to be realistic. He accuses us of being unsupportive and then he dives deeper into his music. How can we support his plans even though we have no confidence his plans will work out?
There’s absolutely no place for hazing in a civilized society! I wish someone would tell that to my newborns. Including the pregnancy, my newborns haze me the better part of two years. Something about esprit de corps…I’m not sure anymore. Its’ been a while since I’ve slept.