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January 29, 2020

Healthy Habits #5

by Rod Smith

The Mercury / Friday 01-30-2020

Healthy Habits for a Fabulous Week #5

Be committed to listening and learning.

There is something to learn and hear from every encounter and within every environment if you have the heart, mind, and ears for it. 

Try it. Just for today. Try it, even if it is only for the next hour.

To begin to learn and to hear you (we, always we) will require a determined effort to slow down and embrace the following attitudes.

I acknowledge:

  • I have more to learn than I have to teach, no matter what the topic, circumstance, and no matter how learned, qualified, or skilled I may already be. 
  • I can learn something from anyone no matter how unskilled or unlearned they may be or I may perceive them to be. 
  • Some things I think to be true are not; some things I think are untrue are true and there is quite a lot “in the middle” of most extremes. 
  • I am open to new insights, new ways of seeing the world, and new ways of thinking. I will be aware of other possibilities, not only those that support my already established thoughts, feelings, theologies, and philosophies.

I am coming to South Africa for almost two weeks: March 2 – 6, 2020 (Worcester) and March 7-13, 2020 (Durban, KZN). I will be happy to speak at your church, school, or event. 

January 29, 2020

Healthy Habits #4

by Rod Smith

The Mercury / Thursday

Healthy Habits for a Fabulous Week #4

Arrange your starting blocks.

Decide how you will behave ahead of time and before you have to.

I try to “breathe in” default conditions, modes of operation, ways of being – just for today, for this morning, this moment, whatever period of time I think I can handle.

Starting blocks:

• Offer forgiveness. It will be absolute, even if undeserved and for all.
• Offer generosity. I will give, be open, and make room for ideas and for others.
• Be responsive. I will look ahead, initiate, and imagine helpful, creative possibilities.
• Offer hospitality. I’ll be open to friends and strangers, short and long-term.

I know from many years of trying that it is difficult but we have to start somewhere or pick up where we left off.

Like all good starting blocks they stimulate the possibility of success, and success will breed more success.

While we are not divine, these starting blocks certainly are.

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself feeling really good about the world and everything in it when you try to live this way, no matter how tough and challenging it may be.

[I will be in KZN for 5 days beginning March 7, 2020. I would love to come and speak at your school, church, or event. Please contact me if you have any interest.]