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Managing the Narrative

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I am perculating a new idea about the importance of managing the narrative. The experiences I have are only part of how they effect me. I am beginning to believe that the way I interpret those experiences and the stories/lies I tell myself about them are very powerful.


Was Zeniff Right?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Was Zeniff right to see such good in the Lamanites? He was very liberal and the social experiment lasted for his entire reign. It only went bad when Noah took over and commenced his indulgences.


Valuing the Moving Needle-Youth Programs

Monday, December 12, 2011

I work with Youth at our church. Usually, a particular activity or lesson does not end up as perfect. I am learning to value improvement more than perfection. If perfection becomes the goal, then I would be driven to only accept or at least encourage participation from those youth who can already deliver. I would emphasize the youth that have things figured out and perform or behave perfectly. I recognize the fallicy of such a policy or objective. The people who really need the program are the very ones who don't yet "get it". The real celebration happens when that "ah-ha" happens. That is where I choose to place my energy and efforts.


Getting Ready for 2012

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

I am happy to start the process of deciding goals for 2012. It is usually a happy time. I am in need of a little motivation and this could provide it.


Do Something Significant!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Today, I read in the Book of Mormon about Ammon's and his brothers' goal to reclaim the Lamanites. It says, (translated from my Italian BOM) "They supposed, infact, that they had undertaken a significant (great weight) work." I want to fill my life up with such endeavors. I believe that our common goal of getting healthy is a SIGNIFICANT work and requires diligence. But as I see in the posts of so many Sparkers, it rarely stops there. The successes and motivation to be a DOER does not end with personal fitness.
Last night, I essentially began my new role as a Varsity Scout coach. Most of the boys need the Personal Fitness Merit Badge. That requires that they develop and carry out a 12 week plan for improving their fitness. Last night, we did the baseline tests. First, we carried out our regularly scheduled activity which was that we went swimming. After the pool closed, we went back to the church. On previous nights, they all gather together to do something less "significant" such as playing dodgeball or basketball. Don't get me wrong--those are neither terrible activities, but there was something more significant that needed to be done. As I prepped them for the endeavor, there were some protests. I held gently strong. They complied and as they got anxiously engaged, their enthusiasm mounted. It was a learning experience for all and I think they now have the vision to complete the Merit Badge.

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