“There are eight hundred happy texts…(a)nd do you know, my father said that if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must have wanted us to do it.” –Hayley Mills as “Pollyanna” (1960)
Positivity may not always change the outcome,
but it will change your outlook while you wait […]
“Charity suffereth long…” (1 Corinthians 13)
Patience is letting you stop to smell the gardenias,
to feel the grassy-sweet summer rain
on your way in from a barefoot walk in the park,
footfalls muted by the sounds of the twilight bark.*
Patience is taking the time for time-outs
Be a good sister,
and know that you may not always be
the only child in our universe.
Know that we’re your earth—
providing sustainability and stability,
until you take off for worlds unknown,
light years removed from the ones we knew
when we were your age.
Always remember that long after we’re gone,
your sibling will be the one with whom you can share
Let compassion be your compass,
even as it was the passion of the Christ.
When you put yourself in someone else’s shoes,
you will live not one life,
as we become reincarnated in ourselves,
not just with defining moments,
but redefining ones.
For it’s when we lose ourselves in the service of others
that we often find ourselves,
and smile at the discovery.
We were created,
not without form or void,
but fearfully and wonderfully made.
When two of our worlds cross paths—
be they church or work,
work or home—
the inhabitants of each should recognize us
as being the person they know.
Be the genuine article that comes
with a certificate of authenticity.
Counterfeiters will be returned.
What is GetConnectDAD?
It wasn’t till she was grown
that she knew her daddy’s standard wasn’t unfair,
but as high as he thought of her.
He’d taught her to measure action against consequence;
he’d held her accountable
till she could hold herself,
so that someone else,
who did not love her,
wouldn’t have to.
What is GetConnectDAD?
We forgive you, our Hannah Banana Beth, for breaking down our dishes to an odd number, and for putting random things into our drinking glasses when we aren’t looking;
When you work,
have passion for what you do,for they will see that you chose
for they will see that you chose
to pursue that which you loved.
When you see their mother,
because that’s part of being a husband,
of being a man.
When you teach them,
show a passion for reading,
for learning, and listening.
When they love to read,
they will have experiences
When she was five,
she saw her dad as he was.
When she was ten,
she saw him as others saw him.
When she was fifteen,
she saw him as she wished he was.
When she was twenty,
she saw less of him.
When she was thirty,
she saw through him—
as she had when she was five—
to the man he’d always been.
When he was thirty,
Each moment is a pearl
on a string–
the timeline of one’s life.
String theory dictates
you can travel anywhere
on that timeline.
So make as many pearls as you can
by living in the present,
by loving what what is
right in front of you,
so that there will be a memory
to look back upon
during those times
when the memory is all you have.
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