Category: #Inspiration

Pieces will fit

Do you have a childhood memory of something you did with your family? One of my memories is opening a box full of different shapes, colors, and a picture to follow as you put the pieces together. Putting jigsaw puzzles together was one of those memories from my childhood. We enjoyed many hours working together to fit the pieces together to finally see the pieces fit together to create the picture on the box.

My daughter was able to enjoy this with her grandparents and with us. Now it is passed down to my grandchildren. When working on fitting the pieces together, you can accomplish so much more!

Building together

In our “connected” world today, we forget how to make the connection with the people in our lives through face-to-face time. Building time together can be valuable, and we must prioritize this as a non-negotiable time. Sitting around a table together thinking, problem-solving, talking, laughing, and engaging in real-time conversations is essential in building trusting relationships.

The puzzle pieces are not just on the table in front of you, but in the makeup of the relationships, you are forming with those sharing the table with you. Inviting those to share a seat at your table is the first step in fitting the pieces into positive relationships.

Two Rule Philosophy

Two Rule Philosophy helps everyone to be safe and good. Two basic needs we all have, want and strive to achieve. It is my passion and purpose to provide everyone with the tools they need to incorporate this into their lives and most importantly into every school setting to ensure every child is safe. There are many tools, resources, steps, and approaches to take to make this happen, but it is as easy as one, two.

My first tool for you to utilize in your school, workplace, home, organization is one I carried with me from my childhood. I hope to work with Shutterfly to incorporate some additional ideas in my book to present to you to utilize, but currently I would like you to try this tool.

We all fit together!

Currently, you can utilize Shutterfly to upload a picture to create a puzzle. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on building relationships with your team, co-workers, and volunteers. In addition, this is a great way to help your family work to have a scheduled family time with purpose as you work together to put your family picture together. You can use this to discuss a family memory you had on a trip, celebration, or special event. I have done this for each of my grandchildren as a way to work on building up each one by talking about the strengths they have and what we enjoy about who they are as individuals.

Two Rules aim is to have everyone working together to help All feel safe and good. When we can build together, we can tear down the walls we have been building up over the many years and look through the many lenses to see solutions instead of problems.

Complete the puzzles in connecting with All in order to build a collaborative environment where everyone is welcomed, and feels safe and good.

Your voice is important

Please share a comment, like a post, and share. Everyone creating a message needs a little encouragement to continue to develop, and it is always great to take a step forward by getting your voice heard. Your like, comment or share could be the one that helps another person!

Be the Solution Daily Quote: 6-19-22

Monday always brings me hope and faith. Begin the day with a mindset focused on knowing it is not all on your shoulders. One of my favorite songs is Lean on me.

Continue to have faith and hope as you begin each day! Keep this song in your heart as you remember you are never alone. Lean on me and always ask because we all need someone each day.

Making Monday Count

Each day is an integral part of our journey through life. Some days we may feel like we did not accomplish anything. Have you ever had the opportunity to reflect on the day’s interactions? Maybe you did not receive anything in the day, but what were you able to do for others you did not even know impacted their lives?

It happens! You can do a little thing without realizing it that makes a big difference in the life of another. It took me many years to discover this, and I still have to remind myself, but it is accurate. I had several people speak to me many years later to tell me of a time when I did something that changed their direction, and it meant a great deal to them. I take no credit for these events as I believe it is a “God thing” or a “God wink.”

Pause throughout the day to count your blessings, say hello to everyone, and compliment others for actions, words, and appearances. Don’t allow negative thoughts or emotions to go unchecked. When they begin, it is time to look for all of the positives around you and the people who can help lift you during times of need. Make the day worthwhile, cheerful, and helpful. Let others see you know your worth and theirs by investing in an intentional state of positive culture without any issues of negativity. Monday is counting on us to start right so that the other days will fall into place.

Highly Effective

I do not know about you, but my plate has been full lately. It has not been the kind of stuff I could easilly check off the list as done. The problems and issues were more of the personal/emotional kind. These are the things that get me every time.

My faith provides me with the center I always need. But when you develop a habit of getting up, drinking a cup of coffee, visiting with your husband, and then completing your devotions when something interrupts, it throws you into a cycle of feeling off. When I cannot sit down and take the time to do my devotions and spend the spiritual time I need in the morning, my day is not correct.

Stephen Covey is known for his work of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People with his book and has maintained a highly sought-after leader in this area. I have been very comfortable in my daily routine for a few years now. When it is interrupted, I seem to have a difficult time getting back on track. It could be for several reasons, but I always blame my traumatic brain injury and begin my journey of PTSD. I start to think about many things, and I am especially very negative about myself.

Your Powerful Example

When you can calm down and realize you cannot control everything, only how you respond, you can begin to get back to being highly effective. Others learn from the lessons we teach, but more from the lives we live. Our words have great power, and our actions turn the volume up.

“You are the light that gives light to the world…. You should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14,16

We develop habits and the habits soon become who we are. Covey provides us with 7 Habits to guide our paths.

  • Be Proactive
  • Begin with the End in Mind
  • Put First Things First
  • Think Win-Win
  • Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the Saw
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I finally made it to Friday! Always great to reach a point where you can reflect on the things you have completed and to see what has worked well. We can accomplish great things!

Do Good Work

The way of works is the way of life, for “He who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17.

Life provides us with many different opportunities each day. We have many choices to make daily in responding to those opportunities. In how we face difficulties, our reflection is caught by the eyes of those who love us the most.

My husband and I began dating at the age of 16 years old. He joined the United States Navy after high school graduation and asked me to marry him when I was 18 years old, and we were married when I was 19 years old. He is six months older than me so he was already 20 years old. We packed up everything we owned and took off for the east coast.

We would tell you we had ups, downs, and bumps in our journey together. Our journey together allowed us to grow up together as we shared most of our lives together. Childhood stories, families, deaths, illnesses, hardships, and celebrations are shared. Communication is the key to every relationship in life.

When he saw a struggle begin to creep into my days, he took action to bring a reminder back to my focus. We need a support system to engage with us to keep us in check when we begin to lose focus on the road we travel. This is why we have rest stops.

“Let me tell you just a few things to help you understand what I think you are struggling with the past few days. Our lives have received a little punch from the past, but it does not mean you have to revisit the past or remain in the past. You can continue to focus on the work you do.”

“See, I believe God considers everything you do. It does not matter the job, title, or work you do as long as it is “good work.” I fix motors for others, and it may seem like it is not important work, but it is. I just fixed a pool motor for a city to open their pool for the community. They needed it right away so they could open it for the holiday weekend. I worked hard to get it done and told them how to keep it running for the summer and prepare for the next season. I made a little money, but the important thing to remember is that I did “good work.” If I had not fixed this, the children and families of the city could not have enjoyed this pool for the holiday and summer.”

“Some people take advantage of others and do not do the “good work” they are intended to do in life. These individuals love the money, power, and control more than the service they provide to others. When individuals are like this, it sends a strong signal they are not changing.”

“No matter what jobs we have had in our lives, we have approached them with the purpose of “doing good work,” and we have always had this standard. We were cutting corn out of beans, detasseling, babysitting, working in the grocery store, and all of the jobs leading us to where we are today. The purpose of life, according to God, is to do “good work.”

“To obey, to be ready for every good work.Titus 3:1.

My struggle is always in trying to be the one to “fix” everything in life. I want others to change, things to be perfect, and to solve every problem. However, my husband reminds me to continue to do “good work” and remember others are responsible for their actions, not me. I can provide solutions, ideas, and resources, but the work is always theirs to do. It is up to each individual to make the choices in life, and I can want it for them, but I am not responsible for them.

No matter where you are on the work ladder, choose to “do good work.” The key to happiness, faith, and success rests with the choices we make in our daily journey. Look at what you do as making a difference in the lives of others. It is making a difference! If you are a grocery clerk, you are helping others get food home to feed themselves and their family. If you work at the local hair salon, you assist others in taking care of themselves, so they feel good inside and out. Every job has a purpose and a meaning. Thank you for doing it, and find the meaning in the work you do.

On fire! Are you? Who Is?

“This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She’s walking on fire
This girl is on fire”

“Looks like a girl but she’s a flame
So bright, she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you’ll never forget her name
She’s on top of the world”-Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire

Do you ever take your temperature? Not your body temperature, but the temperature of your attitude and drive. What would you describe your temperature as you go about your day? Are you a girl on fire or lukewarm? Alicia Keys’ song Girl on Fire was the first song that came to my mind when thinking about ways to describe the temperature of our attitudes, drives, and approaches to work, life, and overall experiences. You can change the wording to accommodate your gender, but the meaning is still behind our temperature to approach life.

There are many songs you can connect to weather and temperatures to help teach lessons or discuss feelings, motivation, and attitudes. “You’re as cold as ice. You’re willing to sacrifice our love. You never take advice. Someday you’ll pay the price.” Lyrics from Foreigner, Cold as Ice.

I love using music to demonstrate meanings about issues we need to discuss. Music is a great platform to utilize as a way to connect all of us. Every generation has utilized music to share feelings about social issues, political views, traumatic events and celebrations.

I started with fire, and I would like to end with it. My favorite song is “Pass It On.” The lyrics to this church hymnal are: It only takes a spark To get a fire going, And soon all those around Can warm up in the glowing That’s how it is with God’s love. A newer version of a Christian song includes a portion of the lyrics I will leave you with to enjoy. I think it is essential to take your temperature and those around you. Let’s get a spark started to finish strong, begin strong , and never lose sight of the effects on what we do daily. Why not start a fire in the hearts of everyone? #Bethesolutiondaily in a world that needs you!

Pledge of Allegiance

Serving as a principal in education was one of my honors in life. I am also honored to be part of a military family, as my husband served in the United States Navy. His father served as well, and his brothers served in different service branches.

My staff and students had the opportunity to hear announcements each day over of loudspeaker system and an invitation from a student to stand to join in saying the pledge daily. It meant a great deal to me, as I know it does to all Americans.

As a teacher, my students stood to say the pledge each day in my classroom. My 5th-grade classroom will never forget 911 as the news came to us with a knock on our door. Our classroom was on the top floor of our school building, so it was natural to ask, “is a plane going to crash into us?” Our first response is always fear when tragedy strikes.

Our class did lots of work to understand what had happened, what steps could be taken to prevent tragedies like this, and all of the questions they had, we could search to find answers. The message was clear I wanted them to learn and receive. We are united as we stand, free as a country, and individuals give to protect them daily. This message is the same today as it was then. It may seem clouded at times, but our nation was built on a solid foundation to withstand many challenges.

The pledge of allegiance is something I believe all should continue to respect, recite and remember daily. Freedom is never free, and the moment we forget, we will regret it. I am proud of my youngest grandson. He can now hold the flag for his pre-school classroom as they recite the pledge. He just turned four years old, so he will get an opportunity to continue to grow before moving on to Kindergarten in a place they are building strong foundations.

Thank you to all of those who are currently serving to protect us, have served, and who have lost their lives for their country. To all of the family members, we thank you as well. As a former Navy wife, I know the sacrifices a family gives alongside those who serve daily. Many blessings to each. God bless.

Punching a ticket on the train

When Billy Graham was 92 years-old, he was struggling with Parkinson’s disease. In January, a month before his 93rd birthday, leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, invited their favorite son, Billy Graham to a luncheon in his honor.

Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because of his struggles with Parkinson’s disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, ‘We don’t expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you.’ So he agreed.

After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the podium, looked at the crowd, and said:

“I’m reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train, when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets.

It wasn’t there.He looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it.

“The conductor said, “Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.” Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car,he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

“The conductor rushed back and said, ‘Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are; no problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.’Einstein looked at him and said, “Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.”

Having said that Billy Graham continued, “See the suit I’m wearing? It’s a brand new suit. My children, and my grandchildren are telling me I’ve gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion. You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I’ll be buried. But when you hear I’m dead, I don’t want you to immediately remember the suit I’m wearing. I want you to remember this:

“I not only know who I am. I also know where I’m going.” May your troubles be less, your blessings more, and may nothing but happiness, come through your door. “Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point.”

May each of us have lived our lives so that when our ticket is punched we don’t have to worry about where we are going.

I did not write this story, and I am unsure who to give the credit. I found it in one of my files as I was working. The inspirations in my writings come from my daily devotions and in writings, others share with me. In these stories, promises, hopes, and wisdom, we can gain so much to apply to our own lives.

Rev. Graham was a leader I grew up knowing, watching, and listening to often. I look around today, and I know his son is doing amazing things today. I do not see the hunger, desire, passion, and grit to live life as I know he ministered to us.

How do you live? My post asked a question, sparking a thought, providing some ideas and hopefully a new way to look at life. Maybe this one will give another opportunity to look at life through the lens of a man who knew who he was living and where he was going.

Blessings to all of the opportunities you have on this glorious day.