We are bombarded with images of what perfect is – perfect bodies, perfect houses, perfect jobs, perfect looks… all leading to perfect lives. At least that is what we are led to believe. RIGHT?
I watched CNN’s Larry King talk show host interview Joel Osteen, a world-renowned preacher with a congregation of nearly 45,000. One of things Mr. Osteen said is that we must choose our friends and associates wisely because who we spend time with, will strongly influence what we do: “Tell me who you are with and I’ll tell you who you are,” so to speak.
There is a saying that God made us with two ears and one mouth for a reason. Knowing when to talk and when to listen is a skill. We often talk because the silence and pauses make us nervous. Or we talk to fill the void. On the other hand, some of us are too silent and speak only when spoken to; perhaps playing it “safe.” Balancing the two is the goal.
Dictionaries define vacations as 1) a period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, or relaxation, especially one with pay granted to an employee, 2) a holiday, and 3) a fixed period of holidays, especially one during which a school, court, or business suspends activities.
Here’s the scenario: It’s been a tough day at work with lots of demands from colleagues, clients, and customers, most of which remain unmet by the end of the day. You come home exhausted, frustrated, and cranky. You are met by your family excited to see you and want to talk to you. You are “spent” and burned-out. What to do?