Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Strong families appreciate the uniqueness and contributions of each family member--expressing feelings of appreciation in words and actions. Family members tell each other they are special. In the hurry of daily responsibilities, we often forget the importance of letting people know how much they are appreciated. It's so easy to take each other for granted, especially in families.
Strong families spend a lot of positive time together in work and play and enjoy being together.
The greatest gift I can receive from anyone is to be seen by them, to be heard by them, to be understood by them, and to be touched by them." This quote by Virginia Satir expresses the keys to good communications in families.
Commitment is a positive quality that constantly appears in strong families. They share the kinds of experiences that make the family more attractive than other groups. Strong families are committed to helping and promoting the happiness of each other.
Commitment also comes from an active involvement in setting family goals. Each person has a chance to share what he/she thinks is important. This kind of involvement brings with it a commitment to see that the goals are met.
Teenagers are more willing to go along with a family vacation if they have some say on where and what is planned. This holds true in other areas. You need to take the time to make an effort to get input from each member of the family involved in a planned trip. When you do this, you are saying "You are important and what you have to say counts." This process takes time and some flexibility but the benefits are worth the efforts. Commitment is a vital factor in developing a sense of unity among family members.
The families in Dr. Stinnett's study share a high degree of religious orientation. In addition to attending to religious ocassion as a family, they often pray together and read the Kitab and other inspirational books. They share a set of common values. In their daily activities, they apply the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." They share the belief that there is a Supreme Being that is a guiding force.
Families that have developed these five characteristics discussed are better able to meet the challenges of today. The unity they have developed makes it possible for them to draw upon the resources of each other as they are needed. They become a strength to one another.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Synergize describes a way of working in teams. Apply effective problem solving. Apply collaborative decision making. Value differences. Build on divergent strengths. Leverage creative collaboration. Embrace and leverage innovation. It is put forth that, when this is pursued as a habit, the result of the teamwork will exceed the sum of what each of the members could have achieved on their own. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Sharpen the saw focuses on balanced self-renewal. Regaining what Covey calls "productive capacity" by engaging in carefully selected recreational activities.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Cloth Sun Flower
"Everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you've made in the past." -Deepak Chopra
"Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life."
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
"Be wise in the use of time. The question in life is not how much time do we have? The question is what shall we do with it."
"Love What You Do.Do What You Love."
"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."