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The approach of fall – hints of change

The first leaves of fall on my driveway.

The first leaves of fall on my driveway.

Wednesday morning, I was walking out to my car to go to the gym, when suddenly I was stopped dead in my tracks.  There were leaves on the ground.  There were no leaves on the ground Tuesday night, when I went to bed, I was sure of it.  But this morning, they were all over my car, and scattered over my driveway and lawn.

I had the shocking realization that summer was dying and fall was creeping around the corner.

I don’t know what it was about that moment that struck me so, but for a short time, I was mesmerized.  I got in my car, pulled into the street, and just sat there, staring at those leaves, feeling that unmistakable feeling that always accompanies change.  It’s a feeling somewhere between unease and excitement.

At that moment I realized, how refreshing it was, the ability to experience change.

Whether it’s the simplicity of the inevitable change of the season, or the unavoidable turn’s life brings our way, or the far more substantial capacity for us to elicit change within ourselves.

Change is beautiful, it brings variety, it sharpens the senses, increases awareness, builds character, creates memories, and more than anything, the changes we are empowered to make within ourselves carries the distinct flavor of divinity.  The power to enact change.  The power to influence, ourselves or others.

 This week, I have felt grateful for change.  As challenging as it sometimes is, may we embrace it and leverage it to propel us to even greater heights.

Rusty

Two lessons from Michael Phelps

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Michael Phelps – Making your dreams come true

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Sonia Sotomayor – Supreme Example

By now you’ve likely heard of Sonia Sotomayor.  This week, President Barrack Obama nominated her to fill the empty position in the U.S. Supreme Court (CNN announcement here).

As with any nomination, there’s always a lot of surrounding debate, sometimes from both sides, about whether or not that candidate is the right one for the job.  

In the case of Sotomayor, however, I’d like for us to temporarily put the issues of the debate aside, and recognize the significance of her story.

Sonya is of Puerto Rican descent, but was born and raised in the South Bronx under extremely humble conditions.

Yet somehow she rose above those conditions, and beat the odds of her environment.  She ended up going to Princeton University, and from there, Yale Law School.  Over her career she continued to excel, and became a judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and in 1992 was named a U.S. District Court judge by President George H.W. Bush.  She was later appointed to her current seat by President Bill Clinton.

And now, 54, she’s nominated to the prestigious, and important role as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.  She would be the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, and the third woman to serve on the high court. 

Obama said of her in a White House announcement (she) “is an inspiring woman who I believe will make a great justice.”

But what did she say of it all? 

“I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences,”

Her path of excellence leaves a legacy of hope for those who find themselves in such humble circumstances as she once did, and is a beacon of inspiration for all those who dare to dream.

Within the fabric of the story of Sonya Sotomayor, we find the threads of evidence illustrating ones capacity to escape the natural limitations of their surroundings and inheritance, and to determine for themselves their path and destination.

Your potential is profound.  Your ability to realize it is real.

Rusty

How to reconcile hope with failure

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Inspirational Quotes

I’m always looking for inspiration, and I’m always inspired by looking. 

So, I’ve decided to start a post where we can collect inspirational quotes.   I try hard to use my blog to inspire and motivate others.  But the beauty of social media, such as blogging, is that it’s a two-way street.  This post is your opportunity to inspire me, and others who read it.

It’s an open forum, post whatever quotes you’d like, spiritual, motivational, whatever.  They can be yours, or they can be another’s (if so, please post who said it, if known).  Obvious rules will apply…

Let’s have fun.

We are the product of our thoughts

I’ve moved this post to my new Life-Engineering blog (www.life-engineering.com), which is dedicated to motivating and inspiring people to realize their potential and achieve their dreams.

It’s about engineering your present to change your future.  A place where like-minded people can come and share their successes and encourage each other.

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What do you care?

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It’s about engineering your present to change your future.  A place where like-minded people can come and share their successes and encourage each other.

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Introducing Digestibles!

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Life is often incomprehensibly busy.  There’s usually vastly more to be done, than you’ll ever have time to do.  But regular reconnections with the gospel of Christ keep us direction-conscious, while frequent encounters with words of enlightenment and encouragement keep us energized for the course.

Therefore, with the understanding that sometimes you won’t have time to read my longer posts, but may still wish for a small dose of something spiritual, I’m creating a new series: “Digestibles”.

Think of them as tiny packets of daily goodness delivered in small, digestible chunks.  Meant to keep you motivated, energized, and pondering, with the most minimal of investments.

May the Lord bless you in your endeavors…

Rusty

Finding your own personal sweet spot

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The Blind Painter

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God grant me wisdom

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Don’t abandon your children

Today Nebraska lawmakers voted (43-5) to change the state safe-haven law.  All 50 states have these safe-haven laws, allowing parents to leave infants at a hospital anonymously without fear of prosecution.  They were passed in an effort to prevent unwanted babies from being abandoned in less safe locations.

But when Nebraska set up their law, they failed to provide an age limit.  The result is that people have been driving even from out of state, just to drop of their children.  They’ve come from Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, and even Florida.

Since September, when the law took effect, they’ve already had thirty five children dropped off, all but six of them older than 10.  Today the Senate held an emergency session to change the law.

But is there a problem with the law, or is there a problem with society?

Full disclosure, having myself been abandoned by my father when I was about 2 and by my mother when I was 11, I have strong feelings on the matter that may cloud my vision.

But to me this whole scenario has exposed a terrible flaw in society, and this is just the tip of the iceburg (granted, one of the more atrocious illustrations of this flaw).  To me it speaks to the dramatic deterioration of the family.  

As a society have we come to so disregard the family?  Unwanted and out of wedlock pregnancies abound because of this disregard.  And as a society how do we rate this.  It’s strange to me that anyone can have a child and we have laws allowing them to abandon them at will at a hospital, but I have to have a license to catch a fish.  There’s something innately wrong with that.

Are there scenarios where it may be in everyone’s best interest for a child to live somewhere else?  Perhaps (far be it from me to judge each scenario), but it should be done with extreme trepidation, care, prayerful consideration, inspired guidance, and using appropriate channels (for there are worthy parents out there who are willing and anxious to care for these children).  But what kind of solution is it to simply walk away from the problem.  Especially when that walking away is from your very children, who love you, and look to you for support.

What kind of culture does that create? What kind of message and habit does that perpetuate? 

Families are ordained of God.  It’s central to His plan for the eternal destiny of His children.  Families are the mortar of society, and anything that would weaken those bonds (including the dereliction of duty by parents) threatens not only society but our own exaltation.

The protection and preservation of the family is not only crucial to those who have their own families, but to every individual, for families form the fabric of eternity, and our eternal destinies are interwoven in that fabric, regardless how isolated we may feel or try to become.  The hearts of the children MUST turn to their fathers, and the hearts of the fathers MUST turn to their children.  There is immeasurable and ill-understood power in these relationships both on this side of the veil and beyond.

This same eternal and divine power that binds us together as relatives, is the very power that will strengthen you, support you, and give even the most weary parents the emotional and spiritual sustenance they need to overcome even the most daunting of life’s many challenges.

So if you are one who is struggling against such challenges, and considering such a dramatic course of action, let me speak to you clearly.  There is no challenge beyond which the Lord has power to help you overcome.  Do not turn away from your family.  Instead, turn to them, and experience the infinite power that is available to those who endeavor to strengthen those family bonds, instead of breaking them.  Turn inward, not outward, and you’ll find strength and support from the Lord in ways that you may have never imagined.

Families are eternal.  Let them not be so easily broken by such temporary strains, no matter how difficult they may seem at the time.

Please.

If you haven’t already, just read “The Family:  A proclamation to the World” and let your soul reflect upon the words of a latter-day prophet.

Rusty

 

P.S.  News on the issue can be found here, and here.