Lemmings Pressure and You – the Asch experiment

This was shown at the beginning of my minister’s sermon at church tonight. Fascinating. The geek that I am will now be reading up on all I can find this week about the Asch experiment. What do you think? Would you cave to pressure? What are you doing in life that is just conforming to what’s popular around you?  Can you be the odd one out? For how long? Do you stand up for what is good/right/pure/honest/just/true even if you are all alone? What do you wish you could change about how you relate to people?  Continue reading Lemmings Pressure and You – the Asch experiment

Silly Faces,Toddlers & Technology

My youngest nephew has a penchant for finding the one thing in any room he should not do/touch/go near and that is exactly what he will go for. Toilet water, beer, cables that could electrocute him, the most expensive piece of technology he could break, you get the drift. Last year my brothers laptop got into the clutches of his little 1 and a bit year old hands and he managed to break the sound on it so that it was irreparable. This means since my trip home in the summer, I have not gotten to interact with my nephews … Continue reading Silly Faces,Toddlers & Technology

A Story of Grace – Les Mis

One of my favourite stories is that of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. You cannot get away from the astonishing shock of grace all the way through the story. It frees one man and its insult binds another. I am reading a book right now entitled Bold Love by Dan Allender and one of the chapters is entitled “Stunned into Silence: The Liberating Insult of Grace.” I like that title. Chock full of loaded words. Let it sit with you a second. Yep. There it is.. an irony, oxymoron..whatever you wanna call it. The “liberating insult of grace” is definitely the … Continue reading A Story of Grace – Les Mis

#14 Upside down leadership

Imagine a CEO of a major worldwide company coming to speak at a conference and when a subordinate arrived at the conference centre room they were sharing with him.. (yes, he did not demand his own room) he was fast asleep.. in the smallest bed in the room. He hadn’t taken the large kingsize bed that was available. Imagine that same CEO had gotten up early at another international event, to polish all of the East Asian co-workers shoes in the morning that were left customarily outside their rooms. It was his way of showing honour to them. It seems a … Continue reading #14 Upside down leadership

Owned

What owns you?  A few months ago I wrote a couple posts entitled #12 Forgiveness and #13 Redemption  from my 30-30 series: 30 life lessons I have learnt in the last 30 years. They are two of the most important posts I have written this year. They are also born out of the most pain in my own life and the lives of people around me that I see, watch, and do life with. Sometimes I want to look away from all of the pain in the world but I can’t. As a Christian, I cannot. Jesus compels me to see people and have compassion that is … Continue reading Owned

Forget…you? Or forget myself?

If you are like me, you have been told something about self esteem being the root of many problems in our lives. This cheeky little booklet looks at the whole idea of self in a completely backwards light.. and I think from the way it’s content has hit me.. more right side up than our upside down way of doing things. Here’s a couple quotes from it and then a link to click on it’s 24 pages..a very quick read.. very good. It’s framed with the Bible but worth it even if you are skeptical about the Bible. “The way the … Continue reading Forget…you? Or forget myself?

A night of painting

Many years ago I seriously considered being an art student and had the portfolio to apply. That was a silly idea for a major and a career I ended up deciding and so left the vast amounts of painting and drawing and sculpting I did in high school for a good university and another series of not entirely practical degrees. 🙂 (Hey I wasn’t going to go far from arts was I this-frou-frou-right-brained chick that I am?!) I decided art would be my hobby and I didn’t want to kill the joy of it by having to spend 80 hours … Continue reading A night of painting