Innovation

How could innovation simplify our lives rather giving us more things to take care of, spending endless time trying to reach Customer Service which either doesn’t exist or is made impossible to find how to reach.
Share your wild and crazy ideas!

Living Lines Moment by Moment

Innovation!

The buzz word

showing up on the covers of many magazines

and college and universities news

informs us that

we are living in a time

where

innovation

will take us

and keep us

ahead

in new products,

ways of thinking,

empowering us

to live

life fully and keep us

ahead

of the rest of the world.

Winners

we must be.

Topics

include, energy, robotics, medicine, health care,

education,how to teach and what to teach.

New products

usually include

electronics

and electronic ways

of communicating

monitoring,

running machines,

managing our lives

from our smart phones.

Spending many hours

at the

Genius Bar

at my local Apple Store,

my helper’s back pocket revealed

another brand,

simpler

cell phone.

With plenty of

time to talk

while he troubleshooted

my computer for a

repeat problem,

he told me that

he had started as

a car mechanic.

When cars and their motors and functions

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Visualize

Think about

lying on your back.

Observe

the clouds.

Some

are grey,

filled with rain;

others

are white,

billowing,

playfully

changing forms.

All

move

with the wind.

Some

race

across the sky;

others

proceed

slowly,

almost

imperceptibly.

Observe.

Don’t attach.

Let go.

Breathe,

in,

and out.

Can you

stretch out

now or

sometime soon?

Wherever

you are-

Breathe,

in,

out.

Living Lines Reflections

Having What I Need

When I feel

frustrated

with what seems

like

my limited talents

or in-sufficient energy,

I  sometime

question God.

The answer I “hear”

is

you have what

you need!

So,

when I am ready

to listen, I realize

that

I have to set

priorities

which change

over time.

I struggle

to come

to terms

with the fact

that I can’t do

everything

I think

I would like

or need to do.

Getting older,

I face this reality

frequently.

It helps me

to remember

that

I felt

this way

when

I was younger too.

I do have

what I need.

I just don’t

always

recognize it.

Pruning

When nature is blooming, as when things are going right in our lives we may not think of pruning, but it is a constant thing.

Living Lines Moment by Moment

Pruning. . .

not only speaks of

cutting back

but also of the

ultimate blossoming

that takes place

when it is done properly.

-Henri Nouwen

In horticultural, pruning encourages growth. But knowing where to cut to maximize growth requires expertise. The image of pruning has become increasingly important to me. One place I’ve tried to prune is my natural impulse to solve someone else’s problems rather than support that person’s own decisions.

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Too Much in Your Pack?

Spring is a wonderful time to think about what we are carrying in our pack. As we shed coats, sweaters, scarves, hats, is there something else
that served its purpose but doesn’t need to be carried right now?

Living Lines Moment by Moment

Are you carrying a lot on your shoulders?

Assume a quiet state of mind.

Visualize.

Think of a pack on your back.

What is in the pack?

What is making it too heavy to carry?

See yourself

removing the weight from the pack.

How does it feel now?

Do you need to remove more weights from your pack

so that you can carry it?

How do you feel now?

Sometimes we don’t know

how much we are carrying

until we lighten the load.

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