Monthly Archives: June 2014

Not What I Expected – Part 2

It was about 10:30 when I walked up to the front desk in the hospital. I’d called Mark from the hospital parking lot and told him that, apparently, it wasn’t my gall bladder and that the doctor had ordered a … Continue reading

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Not What I Expected – Part 1

When I woke up Tuesday, still in pain, I expected something…but this wasn’t it. Have you ever looked back on a day in your life and known God was there? It started many years ago. During the third trimester of … Continue reading

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Trailer Time: A Fresh Beginning?

I found a trailer that seems to fit my mood. Take a look: First, I have to briefly address the tug-o-war between what we feel we must do and what we are called to do. Granted, nobody knocked me down. … Continue reading

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Recovery Stage 12: I Have Arrived

I’m not 100% “recovered.” I never will be 100% of what I used to be, because my newfound disability took away something of what I was. In fact, it has been taking away what I once was for quite a … Continue reading

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Recovery Stage 11: Off the Hook

I’m letting myself off the hook. I’m acknowledging that I have goals that are both important and urgent. There are things I want to accomplish. Some of these things have hard deadlines. Others don’t. There is a difference. I will … Continue reading

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Recovery Stage 10: What Does It Take?

It’s an ambiguous question: What does it take? What it does it take for you to feel like you’ve accomplished something this day? A few days ago, I woke up a five in the morning, studied my scriptures and prayed … Continue reading

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Recovery Stage 9: The Importance Paradigm

In contrast with the Urgency Paradigm, Stephen Covey talks about the Importance Paradigm: thus, the title First Things First. The key thing is to figure out what your first things are and I’ve recently had to re-evaluate my own first … Continue reading

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Recovery Stage 8: The “Urgency Addiction” Edition

According to Stephen Covey’s book, First Things First, I’m “addicted” to urgency. This is clearly a bad thing. I put “addicted” in quotes, because – despite the fact that he seems quite serious about the designation – I don’t actually … Continue reading

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Recovery Stage 7: The Trouble with Urgency

It is not intentionally ironic that I’m posting about urgency when I’m two days late getting my posting up. Rather than being intentionally ironic, consider it Exhibit X in a life full of exhibits of the trouble with urgency. Of … Continue reading

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Recovery Stage 6: Swabbing the Deck

You’ve set your course, you’re steering the ship, and now it’s time to get dirty. The point of this extended metaphor is that there are things we have to do that we don’t want to do and that we struggle … Continue reading

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