Connecting the Dots
Each week we are to schedule time with our spouse and family. We’ve enjoyed this time with each other and with our grown kids. For me it is the highlight of my busy week between the “Main Thing” and my MKMMA homework. This last week, my husband Luther and I enjoyed sushi at Legends of Asia. At the end of our meal as usual we split our fortune cookies and we both found great fortunes that support our journey in MKMMA. Can you read what they say? Isn’t that amazing? With our grown kids the past couple of weeks we’ve enjoyed making memories learning to play a new game-which actually kept us up to the wee hours of the morning-way too much fun, and also enjoying the movies with a meal or coffee afterwards to chat, and even a long nature walk with our dogs, between us all, 7 dogs. I believe our kids are enjoying their parents holding back opinions, or seeing us bite our tongues(When we are tempted to criticize).
No opinions-Be a silent non-judgmental observer, No negative thoughts or words, No criticism. Putting into play the Seven Laws of the Mind; my constant companions this week have been the Law of Substitution, Law of Forgiveness, and the Law of Growth. The mental house cleaning is of utmost importance-kind of remembering to keep short accounts-like 7 seconds or start over! This takes me back so many years. When the kids were young and sibling rivalry was a daily fair to be addressed, this was a verse we committed to memory. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for the necessary edification, and impart grace to the hearers. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be KIND to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another”…(Eph 4:29,31,32.) There was also a little poem we learned together. We were home educating and using “A Guide to American Christian Education” The Principle Approach.
Love Between Brothers and Sisters
(by Isaac Watts)
Whatever brawls disturb the street,
There should be peace at home;
Where sisters dwell, and brothers meet,
Quarrels should never come.
Birds in their little nests agree;
And ’tis a shameful sight,
When children of one family
Fall out, and chide, and fight.
Hard names at first, and threat’ning words,
That are but noisy breath,
May grow to clubs and naked swords,
To murder and to death.
The devil tempts one mother’s son
To rage against another:
So wicked Cain was hurry’d on
‘Till he had kill’d his brother.
The wise will make their anger cool,
At least before ’tis night;
But in the bosom of a fool
It burns till morning-light.
And then scroll #2 in Mandino’s book is so alive for me. The greatest secret of success is greeting the day with love in my heart. Three times daily the ways and means of --How will I do this, How will I speak, How will I act, How will I react to others actions, and How will I confront each whom I meet-seeps into that mysterious source that NEVER sleeps?
To connect the dots the action is LOVE. In love we are able to master our own tongue, to be the non-judgmental observer, no negative thoughts or words, nor criticism to slip past our lips. If all creation; the stars, the birds, the wind, and the sea-rather all nature-speaks with music for their Creator, I also can join the chorus and sing to His children. (Mandino, page 60) This truly changes my life. This creates a focus, a defining compass. People matter, All people! I promise to give hope for joy, affluence, kindness, and love, consciously with every encounter, regardless of the brevity. (The Giving Card)