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it’s ok to be angry.

Posted: December 12, 2016 in doing good, Trump

It’s ok to be angry. You’re not doing anything wrong, or being dysfunctional.

Did you know that most feelings of anger are secondary emotions, with one exception? Meaning: In most cases you don’t feel angry first. You feel a primary emotion first, THEN you feel anger as a follow-up to that first emotion. For example, someone says something mean to you or rejects you, which makes you feel sad and hurt. That is a primary emotion. But then you get angry. That’s secondary. Or you feel frustrated and fearful because you can’t get your car started in the morning, and you know you’ll be late for work…those are primary emotions. But then you get angry. Secondary anger is not so healthy. It’s better to center in on the primary emotion and deal with that. Anger just masks it.

images-325The exception to this rule? Anger that has at it’s root a desire for justice. Anger that’s felt when bullies are taking over the playground, when the powerful are exploiting the weak, when the rich are disenfranchising the poor, when the selfish are getting what they want at the expense of others, when innocent people’s lives are being shattered by other’s greed, when the environment is being raped for other’s profit. That’s a primary emotion – it’s built right in to our very nature. It’s not comfortable, but it’s natural and it’s good – especially when it leads to action

As many of you know, our Liberian son joined our family of five a little over 10 years ago.  He’s an amazing kid!

Check out this great very short clip about what NOT to say to an adoptive family!   Click HERE.

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do good.

Posted: September 21, 2013 in doing good

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1.   The dog or the tourist?

There’s a high-speed bus barreling toward you with no signs of slowing down. Your pet dog and a foreign tourist stand in its path, deer-in-the-headlights style. You can only save one. Which do you choose?  In a recent study, 40 percent of participants said they would save their dog’s life rather than the foreigner’s. 

2.  The Parable of the Good Samaritan

images-222On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”  He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”  But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan (note: a foreigner), as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”  The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”  Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

3.  Article:  80% of Americans are Christians  

(Click HERE)

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

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