2010

New life, new year.
A few points to ponder/ things I’ve learned along the way. Unlike Letterman’s list, there are only 6.

1: Success isn’t monetary. Sure, this seems obvious to most. But let’s really redefine achievement and what it means in this new year. I’ve met a lot of homeless people who are richer in character, love, and peace, than those living in the largest mansions.

2: Love and peace, are major assets in your life. Perhaps the two best you can possess.

3: Corinthians confirms this. “The greatest of these is Love…”
Can you imagine? He places love over even Faith in God. Read it.

4: If people say they want you, love you, and need you, make sure that what they’re saying lines up with what they’re doing. Maybe mom was right. Actions really do speak louder than words. Same with your business life. Make sure words and actions are congruent. If you’re confused, cut your losses and move on to a higher level of living and peace will be your reward. This requires a bit of sacrifice, perhaps loss, and pain, most of the time.

5: Congruency is the greatest challenge of mankind. But when our thoughts, words, and actions are all in alignment, your body mind and soul are at peace. Otherwise, there’s conflict. As Paul wrote, I do what i do not want to do. Ever done that before?

6: Adventure might provide adrenaline, and so does angst. But overall we should seek Peace, not Justice. That was one of the greatest lessons someone taught me last year. You cannot put a price on peace.

Happy New Year, friends.
Love, Tammy


Practicing what we preach

Yes, you’re right.

Life is complex, and there are many many moments when we should practice what we preach.

I’m an imperfect human in an imperfect world. But aren’t we all?

Forgiveness is hard, but it’s the path to nobility. When you stop to think about it, is it possible that the one who wronged you, did not know the hurt they caused?
I’m sorry. I’m sorry a million times.
You can say that,
but sometimes a heart won’t hear it. It’s possible that when you say ‘I’m sorry,” that someone is so set in their ways that they just won’t understand.

On the streets of dallas this morning with 300 homeless, I saw the result of unforgiveness and bitterness. Ending up at the end of yourself is not about economics. Living under a bridge is about a lack of something emotional – whether it be forgiveness, an inability to reach out and accept a word, overcome a tragedy, or accept love.

I vow to be unoffendable.
Because life is too short. Life is too joyful, and a gift from God.

Reach out, extend a hand, and a heart.
There is no time to waste, no time for grievance or negativity.

Forgiveness is freedom.
Imagine freedom.
and then move on.
People use those two words to describe wealth, but the real wealth is a peaceful life.

Colossians says;
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.

This entry is for you.
Imagine freedom.


Redemption

Saw a movie that reminded me that sometimes our lives are altered forever, but then there are other times when we alter our lives, unknowingly.

I saw the Fantastic Mr. Fox movie and, being a writer, was in awe of the greatest lines. A fox is in a life and death battle with a rat. Much like the battle you do today, with others, or with yourself. In the battle the unarmed and charming hero, Mr. Fox, is fighting a nasty, oily, grimy street rat who wields a sharp blade. In the end the hero prevails and as the Rat lay dying, he gave up an important secret. Noticing this genuine change in the rat before the rat’s last breath, Mr. Fox’s son says: “He redeemed himself!”

Mr Fox replied: “Ah, REDEMPTION. But in the end, he’s really just another dead rat in the alley behind a chinese restaurant.”

In the end, we have a choice. And sometimes those choices we make are forever. Don’t forget that there are brilliant moments that you can’t get back.

Remember being a child with a shiny red balloon, and accidentally letting it go? It drifted into the sky, unattainable, floating away until it was a small speck in the distance. Then, you blink, and it’s gone.

Hold on, to those moments you love. Hold on even tighter, to the person you love.

Think. Pray.

Be intentional.

When you love something, let it go….

well, That’s a popular cliche’ but that’s all it is, a cliche’. When you love something, hang on for life! Let your knuckles get white as you grip the side of the cliff but hang on, for dear life. Because if you love something and let it go, you may never get it back again. Timing is everything.

Letting go, if even for a moment, is a risk.


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