Rashional Thoughts

Rashional Thoughts: Little nuggets of wisdom mentors and friends have taught me along the way (part 1)

Editor’s Note — Some of these nuggets of wisdom are original to the person who shared them and some are not. Some were even shared by different people at different times, but all of them helped me grow and develop personally and professionally. The ones listed are only a few of the many concepts I’ve learned from others through the years and am always looking for new areas of growth. I’d love for you to send me more (800-803-5201, jrash@thealabamabaptist.org or 3310 Independence Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209).

  • We all have a lot to do, but if we let ourselves fret about all that has to be done instead of finding a way to focus and work on the next thing, then we can easily become overwhelmed. So the key to surviving a busy schedule is to just do the next thing.
  • Make the best of the good and the least of the bad.
  • Wherever you are, be all there.
  • Lack of planning on my part does not constitute an emergency on your part — so we shouldn’t expect others to drop everything to help us when we didn’t plan ahead.
  • Sometimes we really do need a friend to bail us out of a bind without a lecture. Be that friend as often as you can and help share planning ahead tips at a later time.
  • Saying “I told you so” rarely helps a situation or relationship.
  • Use the full “2020” when writing the date and not just “20” because someone else could add another number to the end and make it some other year.
  • Be the “even” personality in as many people’s lives as possible — low maintenance, cooperative, flexible and drama-free. You’ll give them a gift merely by bringing calmness, security and dependability to their daily lives.
  • Avoid taking random decisions made by friends, family and coworkers personally. Trust that if it really is about you or because of you, then the other person will tell you. If it is but he or she chooses not to explain the full story, then that’s on the other person, not you.