THE DEATH OF FRIENDSHIPS

961. That is the number of “friends” I have on Facebook. To be honest, I am not even sure how I collected that many. I wonder if Mark Zuckerberg is going to post some sort of feel-good emoji on my home page once I reach 1,000?

Probably not. But perhaps I will go out and treat myself to some chocolate-infused latte of accomplishment.

THE POOR RESTAURANT ENCOUNTER THAT TAUGHT ME A LESSON IN HUMILITY

How An Overcooked Steak Led To An Overwhelming Experience

Everyone seems to have the “great restaurant story” that has happened to them – for good or for bad. Mine occurred just a couple of weeks ago.

I had the privilege of spending some time with my mom recently as I had gone out for a memorial for my grandparents on my mom’s side. We had a blast during the week and did a lot of fun things as mom and son, including some projects around the house.

5 REASONS WHY WE ARE SO RESISTANT TO RESOLVING CONFLICT

And a Fresh Mindset That Will Set You Free

Managing conflict? Or having a tooth extracted with no pain killers?

Hmmm…many times it seems as if I would rather go with option two.

Why is that? Why does it seem like the craft of resolving conflict is such a poorly-developed tool in our culture today?

It is one thing to deal with conflict. It is an entirely different matter to manage conflict well.

TWO THINGS EVERY PERSON NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT PEOPLE-PLEASING

And How to Get Release From Its Clutches

I am a recovering people-pleaser.

OK, it’s out. I’ve said it.

There is a lot of self-admitted brokenness going on in my life. Granted, I realize I have blind-spots to other areas as well, but just what I see myself is enough to overwhelm me sometimes.

But on this journey of mine over the past 50 years, there has been one area that God has brought to the forefront that has caused more danger in my life than perhaps any other, and that is people-pleasing.

The Danger in Being Efficient With People

If your life is anything like mine, if feels C-R-A-Z-Y at times. And on any given day, there are multiple tugs from both people and processes, all vying for my attention.

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I want to give the time that is needed to each so that I am effective in what I do. And to carry those things out, I have researched ways that I can be more efficient in how I accomplish what I am working on. Everything from how I plan my day and week to apps I utilize to make it happen.