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Saturday, June 23, 2007

What is a dream worth?

Have you ever thought about what your dreams are worth? We seemed to compromise them for pennies and pointless issues when you really think about it. How about the worth of the dreams others have. Do we value them? When I was awarded the "Communication and Leadership award" from Toastmasters, I spoke about this very topic. This is a topic that strikes deep into my heart, and here is way.

I work with some great people. People who exhaust themselves trying to get young men and women to grab on to their dreams and pursue them with all their might. When a young persons chooses to walk away from their dream and pursue a compromise it really get to us. Even worse is when that compromise costs them their life. And here is where I find myself asking that question; What is a dream worth?

Monday, June 18, 2007

Who's at the door?

I would like to take us, you, down a thought path that I have had recently. I would like to give the spotlight to this thought path to a friend of mine, who shall remain un-named except that she knows who she is. The thought path is about our own internal racism and prejudice. Now do not go away, hold on for a moment. I think you will actually be interested in this topic.

So here is the start of this journey. Imagine you hear some one knocking on your door. What do you do? I personally look to see who it is. Why do we do this? Well, I do it to make a choice of how I am going to deal with the visitor. I am going to put the visitor, or at least the look of the visitor, into one of the many categories I have in my belief structure, and I am unfortunately going to make an instant assessment of what the person is all about, or at least should be all about based on what I have learned through out my life. Here is the problem, I really do not know this person knocking on my door.

Do you treat different people in a different manner. I think we all do. Imagine you open the door. Standing there is a , White female or male, a black female or male, an Asian female of male, a postal person, a police person, and so on, how do we respond to the difference? This is where our beliefs come in. If we believe that the person at the door is corrupt and dishonest we will treat them so. This response obviously varies depending on our own histories and developed beliefs. This is called prejudice behavior. Like it or not, we are all prejudice of something or someone. So how do we rise above such a negative and limiting behavior? Maybe we should not put everyone in some category before we get to know them? May be we should give some one a chance to define themselves before we define who we think they are? I am not sure of the how, but I do realize that we need to stop basing our choice off of old experiences and begin to explore the possibility that just maybe the person at the door is just like me.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

What really happened in Shinar?

Have you ever wondered how we all ended up looking and speaking differently? If we go by the accounts in the Bible we were, at one time, all the same. We spoke the same language and came from the same gene pool.

What is often left out of the story is the why. The why is a common unity among the people so great that God himself seemed amazed. Just imagine our nations becoming united in such a way that God would come down and take a look today. I would even settle for that kind of unity in our local communities. Or even just among those we come in contact with on a daily basis.
The story takes place on the plain of Shinar. This place, Shinar, is believed to be in the region we call Iraq today. In Genesis 11, the Bible says,

1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As men
moved eastward, [a] they found a plain in Shinar [b] and settled there.
3 They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." 5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other." (New International Version)

God had ordered mankind to go and populate the Earth. Instead, mankind went to Shinar and began to build a city with a large tower; the tower of Babel. As God saw the level of unity he says "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. " Now this is huge to me. To me, this tells us that we can become united as a whole, if we can get past the differences God has placed on us. In other words, we have differences because that is how God got us to populate this planet. Now that we have done so, can we not unite as brothers and sisters?

I am told that the Sioux Indians have a belief that God also broke us up into four great nations; the Red Nation, the Yellow Nation, the Black Nation, and the White Nation. Within this belief all other nations have been created by the mixing of the four. I wonder if this occurred at the same time we were made to speak differently at Shinar. But more importantly, why do so many claiming to follow God's path reject the differences God created in other believers? If God forced us to disband by creating difference, then can we not agree that just maybe we are more alike in our core than we realize? Imagine what we can accomplish together as the world begans, or continues, to reunite. What do you think?

Friday, June 01, 2007

Two questions

As the sun slowly sinks into tomorrow what do you think about? I ask myself two questions. Where will I be tomorrow? Did I make the most out of giving my best today? Neither of these questions are easy to answer.

Tomorrow is not a guarantee. I HOPE I will wake up for another day of drama and fortune, but all I can do is hope that I will last until another sunset. Knowing this makes the answer of the second question that much more important to me. There are days that I can say "absolutely." Then there are days where I am not all that sure I did my best to make the most of what I was given. So my answer to the second question only adds fuel to the fire for tomorrow. The outcome of the world hangs in the balance of each second. Please make the most of each one, while you can.

Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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