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Stop, Look and Listen

Stop. Look. Listen.

Stop. Look. Listen.

Growing up we were always instructed to stop, look and listen before we crossed the railroad tracks. To this day, the advice of those three words remains valid. What I have learned over my decades is that stop, look and listen is also smart advice for the internal evaluation of our personal direction and well-being. Stop. Continual movement of our minds and bodies will at some time run us across treacherous tracks or potentially in harm’s way. When your mind is at rest it is recharged and refueled with clarity and creativity. Look. Our eyes are often fixated on the visual stimulation of our electronic devices. We must not let the digital distractions keep us from seeing what is going on around us or from taking a look at what is happening inside ourselves. Listen. When you stop at the railroad tracks and listen intently, you might hear the faint sound of the approaching train or the distant blast of its horn. In a world that broadcasts sounds competing for our attention, it is just as important to listen in the silence with our ears open for the sounds in the distance. This is when we hear the symphony of life being played out internally and all around us. As we traverse the crossways of various tracks in our life, take the time to stop, look and listen.

Revolutions and Independence

July 4, 1776

July 4, 1776

If you are going to incite your own personal revolution, I am thinking July 4th is a perfect starting point. Our Founding Father’s planned and sacrificed much to get to this day.

Revolutions don’t start overnight, in fact it is quite the contrary. Revolutions are somewhat akin to the frog being immersed into a pot of water put on to boil, things begin to change when the heat is turned on.

Lately my prayers and personal conversations with the Almighty have been focused around discernment and direction for accomplishing Kingdom work. This morning so many things placed in front of of me from distant and disjointed sources came together in a truly divine manner.

Inspiration from Seth Godin’s post, Is Better Possible? A personal history of starting a blog from nothing by Jeff Bullas. An amazing post on Jason Eng’s blog from a most talented and experienced blogger, Diana Adams entitled “5 Unexpected Benefits That Happen Naturally When You Blog Frequently.” Then there was the guest post on Michael Hyatt’s blog, Intentional Leadership, from Joel J. Miller, entitled, “The 4 Revolutionary Leadership Tactics of Paul Revere.”

Amazing how the writings from each of these talented folks lined up in my online stream to ignite my revelation and revolution. So while you are having BBQ, beer and shooting off fireworks, I am igniting my blog life. In fact, like Diana suggested, I started writing this on my iPhone out on our pool deck. My brain is already exploding with ideas on the next ones. Seth is right – better is possible and this revolution is worth celebrating. Happy 4th of July.