A Charlie Brown Christmas [2012 Remastered & Expanded Edition]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqK053x1UQU&list=PL40jUNMLrLEQU7dv-FUZV7LKOZFGm6BnT
As of November 0f 2013, I have been implementing this principle called the Pareto Principle and it has changed every facet of my life. For example, every last week of the month, I would reasearch and cram all of the information needed to create my men’s organization monthly newsletter. Now, I simply focus and gather information once a week on a section of the newsletter.
Knowing this principle gives you great insight into what is really happening in the world around you. As quoted in Richard Koch’s book, the 80/20 Principle:
“The greatest thing about the 80/20 Principle is that you do not need to
wait for everyone else. You can start to practise it in your professional and personal life. You can take your own small fragments of greatest
achievement, happiness and service to others and make them a much larger part of your life. You can multiply your highs and cut out most of your lows. You can identify the mass of irrelevant and low-value activity and begin to shed this worthless skin. You can isolate the parts of your
character, workstyle, lifestyle and relationships that, measured against the time or energy involved, give you value many times greater than the daily grind; and, having isolated them, you can, with no little courage and
determination, multiply them. You can become a better, more useful and
happier human being. And you can help others to do the same.”
Just wanted to say that I redesigned my blog by changing the theme a bit (it’s mobile friendly). I hope you like it! I’ll be posting some blogs in the upcoming months! Your comments are welcomed.
The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2013, whose website is located at http://www.dailyscripture.net
Meditation: Do you pray with joy and confidence? The Jews were noted for their devotion to prayer. Formal prayer was prescribed for three set
times a day. And the rabbis had a prayer for every occasion. Jesus warns his disciples against formalism, making prayer something mechanical and devoid
of meaning, with little thought for God. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray he gave them the disciple s prayer, what we call the Our Father or Lord’s Prayer. This prayer dares to call God our Father and boldly asks for the things we need to live as his sons and daughters.
It is through the gift of the Holy Spirit that we can know God personally and call him Abba, Father (Romans 8:15). We can approach God our
Father with confidence and boldness because Jesus Christ has opened the way to heaven for us through his death and resurrection. When we ask God for
help, he fortunately does not give us what we deserve. Instead, he responds with grace and favor and mercy. It is his nature to love generously and to
forgive mercifully. When he gives he gives more than we need so we will have something to share with others in their need as well.
God is kind and forgiving towards us and he expects us to treat our neighbor the same. Do you treat others as they deserve, or do you treat them as the
Lord would treat you with his grace and favor and mercy? Jesus prayer includes an injunction that we must ask God to forgive us in proportion as we forgive those who have wronged us. Ask the Lord to free your heart of any anger, bitterness, resentment, selfishness, indifference, or coldness towards others.
Let the Holy Spirit fill you with the fire of his burning love and compassion and with the river of his overflowing mercy and kindness.
Father in heaven, you have given me a mind to know you, a will to serve you, and a heart to love you. Give me today the grace and strength to embrace
your holy will and fill my heart with your love that all my intentions and actions may be pleasing to you. Give me the grace to be charitable in thought,
kind in deed, and loving in speech towards all.”