Daily Archives: December 12, 2015

Next year?

Today the Navy football team will play their arch rivals – Army. This house roots for Navy – loud and proud!!

It always makes me laugh to hear the media talk about this game. Various sports announcers have talked about this game, describing the players as rivals today and brothers tomorrow. Some media folks will sound patriotic, a few will sound a little idiotic, but all will try to sound deliberate and serious.

I shouldn’t make fun of the announcers. They are working hard to describe an extraordinary game. No doubt that this contest is different from other “big games.” The Army/Navy game isn’t like our home’s Florida/Florida State rivalry or our friends’ “big game” of Auburn/Alabama. Today’s contest will showcase young men who have volunteered to serve our nation, wearing the uniform. Unlike professional athletes, at the end of college these athletes won’t be making huge salaries, considering endorsement opportunities or making tattoo appointments. Instead, they will remain faithful to weight standards, keep their hair neat and trimmed and limit their social activities to reflect those reflective of the oath of office that they will take voluntarily.

John and I are hoping to attend next year’s game that will be played in Baltimore. I have only seen Army/Navy games as they are shown on TV; John has seen them “up close and personal.” I am excited about the idea of being in the city the day before the game. I want to arrive at the stadium in time to watch the Navy Brigade of Midshipmen march on, I want to see the flyovers and hear the Star Spangled Banner sung and I want to sing “Navy Blue and Gold” after the Navy victory.

Have you thought about where you will be on this day next year? Have you thought about what might be different between now and then? Should you be setting some goals now for next year?

Maybe this Christmas, you could share with family members, “We are planning to be home next year.” Or, you could tell that grandchild, “If all goes well, I would love to walk a 3K with you before the end of 2016.” Or, “Next Christmas, I will be tobacco free for 12 months and give myself a fantastic gift with the money that I saved!”

Start planning now. You can do this!!



Jill (just one of God’s kids)

But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”  (2 Chronicles 15:7)


Danger, Will Robinson!

I just got a notice that my Office software needs to be updated. I gave the command for the download to begin and after a few moments a notice came up on the screen. It informed me that I could continue to use Office software while the programs were updated “in the background.” Now, to me that sounds scary. I am pretty sure that as soon as I get rolling with this “gather together” musing the computer will suddenly shut down and my work will be lost.

Been there? I have.

I have been assured that everything was fine and then suddenly discovered that someone else’s definition of “fine” was every different from mine.

My folks got a call last night that my aunt, while walking a week ago, was hit by a vehicle and thrown 30 feet. She has been in intensive care for a week. The “all is fine” status that we had assumed about her was changed in an instant.   We are praying for continued physical recovery for her.

My aunt had no warning. But, my experience with computer software updates makes me cautious about my next actions. It is true that there have been no “warning” signs flashing on my screen and no red flags have jumped up from the key board, but I know enough to proceed carefully. If I ignore what my experience has taught me, I will probably lose my file and be frustrated. If I take precautionary actions, it is likely that I will protect my work and be ready to move on to my next project.

My point?

Have you noticed any “Danger, Will Robinson” signs emerging about your plans for Christmas? Need some examples?

  • Is someone going through a rough time and could really use some extra TLC this month?
  • Anyone in your circle experiencing divorce, infertility, loneliness, unemployment, or something else for which sensitivity is critical?
  • Is there likely to be a conflict over who is where when?
  • Know anyone who will struggle with the food choices?

I recommend that we all take a moment and think about those we will be near during the next couple of weeks.  Any dangers ahead?

Remember, forewarned is forearmed.  Consider adjusting your plans now to avoid conflict or pain later.  Maybe we could be more flexible, more supportive, more reflective than we are normally?

OK, I’m on a roll here — maybe I could even be silent from time-to-time this month.  Oh my — that would be a true Christmas miracle!!!


Jill (just one of God’s kids)

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”  (Ephesians 4:2)