Frank’s Blog : A Hole That God Can Only Fill

I just heard a thought on something and it really resonated:

Every person has a hole that can only be filled with one thing.

Some try to fill it with drugs, with alcohol, with sex and pornography,… and this hole can only be filled with God.

As I thought about it more and more, it made sense and it’s really spot on.

Frank’s Blog : What Will You Do With The Time You Save?

What will you do with that time?

With using the dish washer instead of hand washing the dishes, with sending a quick text message instead of writing a long letter that used to take along time to get to the other person, with working from home instead of commuting to work,…

PS: the usage of social media keeps going up every single year!

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This post was pretty much a copy of Seth Godin’s post which resonated with me a lot!

Frank’s Blog : What Is Wealth? What Does It Mean To Be Wealthy?

What is wealth to you?

To me when I hear that someone is wealthy, I hear these three things:

  1. Health: I believe being wealthy involves being healthy. (how you look as in your body mass index, how you feel, what you eat, how much sleep you get,…)
  2. Relationships: Being wealthy has to involve great relationships. (with your family, your kids, your spouse, your friends,…)
  3. Choices: When you’re wealthy you have choices. (to pursue your crazy dreams, to watch your kids and grand kids grow, to attend your kids soccer games, to wake up well rested, to visit that place you always wanted to visit, to make a difference in your community and in the world,…)

To me, if you’re struggling in one of these you’re not quite wealthy yet, no matter how much resources you have!

Frank’s Blog : Dignity

1. The moment you realize that the person you cared for has nothing intellectually or spiritually to offer you, but a headache.

2. The moment you realize God had greater plans for you that don’t involve crying at night or sad Pinterest quotes.

3. The moment you stop comparing yourself to others because it undermines your worth, education and your parent’s wisdom.

4. The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. People’s opinions don’t matter.

5. The moment you realize that no one is your enemy, except yourself.

6. The moment you realize that you can have everything you want in life. However, it takes timing, the right heart, the right actions, the right passion and a willingness to risk it all. If it is not yours, it is because you really didn’t want it, need it or God prevented it.

7. The moment you realize the ghost of your ancestors stood between you and the person you loved. They really don’t want you mucking up the family line with someone that acts anything less than honorable.

8. The moment you realize that happiness was never about getting a person. They are only a helpmate towards achieving your life mission.

9. The moment you believe that love is not about losing or winning. It is just a few moments in time, followed by an eternity of situations to grow from.

10. The moment you realize that you were always the right person. Only ignorant people walk away from greatness.”

~ Shannon L. Alder

Frank’s Blog : Living A Meaningful Life

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

~ Mitch Albom

Frank’s Blog : Gandhi Story

I adapted the following from this page.

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No one is required to change more than those of us who present ourselves as leaders of educational reform and transformation. Why? Because we are required to model the behaviors we want other to adapt.

There is a story of a woman in India who was upset that her son was eating too much sugar. No matter how much she chided him, he continued to satisfy his sweet tooth. Totally frustrated, she decided to take her son to see his great hero, Mahatma Gandhi.

She approached the great leader respectfully and said,

“Sir, my son eats too much sugar. It is not good for his health. Would you please advise him to stop eating it?”

Gandhi listened to the woman carefully, turned, and spoke to her son,

“Go home and come back in two weeks.”

The woman was perplexed. She took the boy by the hand and went home.

Two weeks later, she returned, boy in hand. Gandhi motioned for them to come forward. He looked directly at the boy and said,

“Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.”

The boy nodded and promised he would not continue this habit any longer.

The boy’s mother turned to Gandhi and asked,

“Why didn’t you tell him that two weeks ago when I brought him here to see you?”

Gandhi smiled and said,

“Mother, two weeks ago, I was still eating sugar myself.”

Frank’s Blog : Truths About Change

Two truths about people and how they change:

1. People can change.

2. You can’t change them.

Helpful Tips:

  1. Put massive amounts of effort into changing yourself. Personal growth offers the best return on effort you will ever experience.
  2. Put zero energy into trying to change someone who doesn’t want it. Don’t throw your pearls after swine.
  3. Look for people who are hungry for growth and invest your time with them.
  4. Stay open minded. Eventually those who do not have the desire to change may become inspired by your growth and surprise you with a new attitude.
  5. Be compassionate toward everyone…even those who are stubborn and refuse to change. Their stubbornness is likely a survival strategy helping them cope with hurt you may never know about.

H/T to Daniel Tardy for posting this on his Instagram page.

Frank’s Blog : Contentment

Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.
If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.

~ Roy T. Bennett