I think the greatest kindness we can extend in this world is to spend time family. That's what I did today. I spent time chatting with McKay, Myles, Leneyah, Beckett, and Kaiden on Facetime. I spent time chatting with my parents on the phone. We spent time with Kimber, Ray Ben, Freya and Holland today… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 161
I read this from a fellow blogger today. I loved it. I couldn’t agree more. via I believe
I just wanted to remind myself of these thoughts. In two weeks, kids around my state will gather for the State Thespian Conference. I hope they remember to focus on what they learn, not on the competition.
This past week I had the opportunity to attend Regional Thespian Competition and to give feed back to all of the tech entries of aspiring young theatre artists. Most of the students attending Regional Thespian Competition enter acting and musical theatre pieces for the competition. Well.. I guess, technically the high scores qualify for State Show Case auditions. What we all truly want for the students is an enjoyable learning experience, a chance to learn and improve. While the day is structured around competition, the spirit of the day is focused on recognition of quality student work and constructive feedback from qualified judges. The student experience is so much more important than the outcome of the day. This was such a great opportunity!
The technical events I gave feedback to included costume design, lighting design, theatre marketing, scenic design, short film, sound design, and stage management. It took me most…
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Yesterday I was there to witness the birth of my grandson, Holland Maitland Jessop. My daughter, his mom, is a warrior! Her labors and deliveries are much faster than mine ever were. She really “labored” all day in what experts call pre-labor. It is a labor that is uncomfortable, makes you super tired, and moves you toward the real thing but it isn’t a labor that doctors start getting excited about. Around 3 ‘clock she sent me a text stating that the contractions were 7-8 minutes apart and were lasting about 1 minute long. Her last two babies went fast, so Iii knew we were in business. I quickly turned on the sound board at school so that they were ready for a choir concert later in the evening, before texting Lilli to hurry to the car. When we arrived at Kimber’s house the contractions were coming a bit faster. …
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Letting go of stuff today.
It has taken me a few years, but I have finally figured out what it means to be happy.
It really is that simple. The Lord teaches that wickedness never was happiness and he teaches happiness is actually a choice.
How does one choose happiness?
Let go. That’s how you do it. Let go of the things that don’t make you happy. Let go of all things you don’t want or need. Let go of bad habits. Let go of peer pressure. Let go of poisonous thoughts and feelings. Let go of negative people in your life. Let go of unrealistic expectations.
It isn’t easy to let go. You can do it!
Here are some ideas of things you can let go of for the happiness you seek:
Let go of needing to know what will happen next and the need to be right. The need to be…
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Man! Still fighting this illness. Pay back for slipping up is no fun!
Okay.. Last week wasn’t the best in eating. It’s not like I went crazy and ate a bag of M&M. In fact, I didn’t eat sugar. I didn’t drink soda. I didn’t eat a steak. I just didn’t eat the whole foods and veggies I normally do. I didn’t take the time for a veggie based breakfast. I didn’t take the time to make a salad for lunch. I ate “out” a couple of times. OH… and I didn’t take pictures of any of my foods.
You see, I was super busy with the close of my show. I wasn’t home 2 Saturdays in a row to prep my week. I wasn’t home at dinner time to make food. As a result, I ate in an unhealthy vegetarian manner. Crackers… some cheese… a piece of cheese pizza… a veggie burrito that someone brought me and forgot to take off the…
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I love these thoughts and ideas.
I have been living and breathing the story of Lion King over the past few months. I had the honor of directing Lion King Jr at a local school. I cherished the opportunity to bring to life one of my favorite stories… a story full of symbolism and meaning… a story that strengthens my faith.
While some may dismiss Disney’s masterwork, The Lion King, as a children’s story, they fail to see that, like most fairy-tales, it contains deep themes. A couple of these themes truly stand out for me. This is completely what the story says to me and really had no reflection on the people at Disney.
First, I’d like to suggest that the characters themselves are symbols in this story. Even the meanings of their names in Swahili give us insight into this story.
Mufasa = Jesus
Rafiki = the Holy Ghost or prophets; means friend
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Okay... I have not stopped being kind... I've just been in bed. I have been very sick for days. My act of kindness has been that I have stayed home... not only to feel better but so that other don't get my germs. Frankly, I wish more people did the same. I am sick because… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 130-132