Choosing Heaven or Choosing Hell

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photo 4 With my middle son’s return from Italy, where he toured this summer as an English language camp tutor, and daughter’s beautiful wedding day stresses resolved, I picked up The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis for a brief leisurely read. Don’t construe anything by the title; all is well on all fronts, but my son happened to spend some time in Narni, where Lewis derived his title for The Chronicles of Narnia. Therefore, it seemed appropriate to peruse this book which was required reading for my youngest son’s recent English course.

Evil can be undone, but it cannot ‘develop’ into good. Time does not heal it. ~C.S. Lewis

This quote caused me to pause my reading and finally stop the endless chase of to-do’s in order to write. I have to admit that nearly every day I think of writing on so many topics and observations; but with my mind always thinking of the next (you insert the number) things to do, I have not taken the time to record my thoughts until now.

Passion, expectations, conflicting cultural protocols, and a sense of being victimized by a grave injustice has flared much discussion and analysis within my household. And although I feel we are nearly at a point of resolution, I have pondered and taught my family that when bad things happen we should look for the good.

I believe, based on long-term observation, this to be true. Yet while C.S. Lewis may be accurate that evil its self cannot be good and that time does not make the wrong right, I have found that good can still grow from what evil has seemingly destroyed.

We humans have a fitrah, a primordial directive that expresses itself through acknowledgement of the Creator. We have potential to be the best that humanity can aspire to, and we also have the prospect of being the worst of creations. However, the capacities of free-will and intellect can differentiate us from other creations and give us the ability to choose our response to threats and injustices. It is in how we respond that we find who we really are, and evil gives us the path to perdition or Paradise. For now, I’ll seek peace and tranquility within my book so that I don’t lose my soul.

If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell ~C.S. Lewis

How To Become Super Smart!

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REader How to Become Super Smart!
One of the best things about my life as a writer, educator, and entrepreneur is that I love to explore many things that stimulate my mind and creativity. This is why I adore working also in social media, because it necessitates that I stay current with many facets of the world. Exposure to the flow of links, images, and headlines is a smorgasbord of rich content.

A wise man once said that leaders often are superb generalists. They have to know a little about a lot in order to relate to people who have diverse interests and areas of expertise. I have found this to be true, but a leader must also possess some specific knowledge relevant to the function of that position as well. The best leader is an expert about the industry and works effectively with people who appreciate the leader’s skills. I have found that reading is key to help me lead, stay on top of trends, and it is the means to fuel my writing, speaking engagement topics, and it helps me in brainstorming ideas with others for events. It is a skill that informs my role as a mother who guides my children and my husband as well.

As a mom, I still get excited when my children tell me about a novel they are reading in school, and I want to read it…before they do. The kids capture me at all hours of the day and night to double check their writing, which is not always so pleasurable if it impinges on my sleep. Those favors I do for them can really pack my schedule, and it gets crazy busy some days when I also have to play chauffeur for their sporting events, pick them up from the auto repair shop, or just spend an hour debriefing their most recent crisis.

I mention these things because one of my darling sons had a coaching session with me, as I was the recipient of his insights. He stated that he thought I was “spread too thin,” and that I should focus solely on one thing at a time. I do believe he had a valid point, but the truth is that I enjoy and learn from everything I do. What he really meant though, is that he would like me to volunteer less and charge more for my work. Basically, he encouraged me to say, “No” more to the flow of requests that have been offered.

Perhaps it is a characteristic of my gender, but I will abide by his good counsel. There is often a conflict within me to do something “productive” rather than just indulge my numerous opportunities for frivolous distraction. I keep finding more things that I want to read and I am so glad that I am putting my speed reading skills to work for those things that need a quick scan.

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