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Yesterday I gave you a definition of a Christian provided by Frederick Buechner. Today I have another quote for you about what it actually means to be a Christian, this time from C.S. Lewis.

We all do and say things which are wrong. We sin.

Our friends, our family, our colleagues, may forgive us when we say and do things which hurt them. That’s forgiveness.

God goes even further than any friend, family member or colleagues would ever go – He’s prepared to forgive everything we do that is wrong, regardless of how heinous or inexcusable it may be.

It’s because God is prepared to forgive all our inexcusable wrongs, that we too must try to forgive even the inexcusable. It’s hard, I know, but if God can forgive us for all the wrongs we do, surely we can try to forgive everyone else?

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. ~ Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you, and today, as the title of this post suggests, this word association is all about New Year and what it means to each of us. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Hogmanay
  2. Resolution
  3. End
  4. January
  5. Holidays
  6. Shortbread
  7. Ceilidh
  8. Christmas tree
  9. Food
  10. Work

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. 31 December
  2. Broken
  3. New start
  4. Winter
  5. Over
  6. Scotland
  7. Social
  8. Away
  9. Fat
  10. Sad

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I chose some words we probably all associate with New Year as well as some that I suspect if you’re not Scottish, you won’t understand (including some of my answers), maybe it’s time to find out a bit more about our Scottish New Year traditions!

That’s Christmas and New Year over, and before we know it, we’ll all be back at work or school, and we’ll be back in our daily routine again. Before we know it Christmas will seem like a distant memory as we head into what is usually the coldest, iciest and snowiest part of winter in the UK.

Now that I’ve completely depressed you all by what lies ahead of us as far as the weather is concerned, let’s go back to thinking about this new year and what it means to us.

Are you one of those people who makes one or more new year resolutions? Or have you been there done that in the past and now think they are a waste of time?

I’ve made new year resolutions in the past, but for a number of years now I haven’t made any resolutions. Why? Not because there’s nothing about my life I want to change this year, but because I don’t need the start of a new year to be determined to make these changes. Also what may be my targets or aims for this new year may change during the year because of circumstances, so where would that leave a resolution I made at the start of a year when circumstances were potentially different, so would never achieve them.

Yes I still  make a new start each year, but I make my targets and aims as I go through the year and I find this works best for me. It allows me to focus on what is important to me at the time, rather than focusing on goals set a number of month previously.

How about you, have you set new year resolutions? How achievable do you think your resolutions are?

A reminder for all programmers out there!

Always code as if guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live. ~ Martin Golding

It might be a little over the top, but it is true, when you write code, it’s always good practice to make sure you write it in a way that makes it easily understandable to the next person who has the unfortunate task of having to amend it…otherwise your name will become mud!

Happy programming 🙂

Have you ever felt like this? Bored!

We’ve probably all felt like that sometime. For the last few weeks, and the next while I am not working. This doesn’t mean I’ve been free to do what I want or go where I want as I’ve been very limited in what I am able to do physically. This has meant that I’ve had to find lots of things to do which involve limited physical activity at the very most, and that’s hard! You’ve got to be really desperate to watch day-time TV, and there’s only so much you can read, so yes, I have found myself feeling bored and frustrated at times.

So out of interest I googled ‘bored’, and had a look at some of the images it offered me that relate to being bored. This one was definitely my favourite

Don’t worry folks, I haven’t (yet!) done this 🙂

My lesson from this is that if ever I need cheered up, just google how you feel and have a look at the images it suggests, you’re sure to see one that amuses you and brightens your day.

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

I volunteer at San Quentin State Prison and spend many days there including my 50th birthday. At the time, I was working with a group of men on a radio project. We were being interviewed and the reporter asked us about the sounds of San Quentin. There was talk of alarms, sounds of the shower, voices out on the yard and then one of the men said, ‘But the best sound of all is …’ and they broke in to a beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday. It was lovely and emotional and I knew at that moment I found the work I wanted to dedicate the second part of my life to. ~ Artist and podcast host Nigel Poor

Sometimes the most precious of gifts will come from the most unexpected of sources, as it did for this person. So always expect the unexpected, as these moments may be some of the most precious you will experience.

You see your neighbours out in their garden, or in the street. You see your work colleagues in the office. You see your friends in your house or theirs. But do you really know any of them?

We can all be very judgemental of others at times simply because of what we see when we look at them. However what we see of people in public is often just a small part of them, so remember what you see of someone is probably not the “real” person.

Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who love beyond all faults, cry behind closed doors and fight battles that nobody knows about. ~ Nicky Gumbel

Struggles in life can be hard at the time, but they definitely make us stronger people, and make us the people we are today. Don’t judge someone by what you see, as they may be fighting a battle behind closed doors that you know nothing about.

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How many times when you were younger did your parents shout to you, “Are you ready to go?”

Throughout our lives we have to get ourselves ready for time for specific events or meetings. Are you the kind of person who likes to be ready on time, or are you someone who rushes around at the last minutes, or are you the person who always turns up a few minutes late?

When I was younger I used to always be running at the last-minute to get to events or meetings, but these days I’m the complete opposite as I always try to be early for everything I’m expected to attend.

However, just because I like to be ready in time for events, doesn’t always mean I’m fully prepared! I might have got myself to the events or meeting place on time, but it doesn’t mean I’ve done all the preparatory work I should have done. When this happens, I never quite get out the event or meeting what I hoped, and that is the lesson I’ve learned…that I need to make sure I’m fully prepared.

It seems like only a few weeks ago it was Christmas 2017 and we were heading into 2018, so how are we nearly half-way through August already!

I know some say that time seems to pass quicker the older we get.

I’m not sure I necessarily agree with that, as I think it’s just that everyone is so busy these days that our days go by much quicker than they used to.

In a time where technology allows us to communicate with others 24/7, keep up to date with news and events both home and abroad throughout the day and night, is it any wonder we all find ourselves living busy lives?

It’s always at the back of my mind though that there are so many people who don’t have any family or friends to call on, or talk to.

Isolated, alone and feeling like no-one cares about them.

Isn’t it time we start to care about everyone in the community?

It’s our responsibility as neighbours, colleagues, friends, to look out for those who have no-one else.

I therefore challenge you today to be the person who makes a positive difference in someone else’s life today – Will you take up my challenge?

Is today, “Just another day” for you?

Can I suggest that everyday should never be “Just another day”.

Maybe we go through the same routine everyday. e.g. get up, breakfast, shower, get dressed, drive to work, work, drive home, make dinner, watch tv, go to bed and then repeat. But just because every day we do the same things, still doesn’t make every day “Just another day”.

While we may do the same routine each day, those we meet and interact with may vary, and even if some of them are the same, how each of those people feel each day, may vary widely, and that’s what make every day, not just another day.

Each day we must consider those around us, how they are feeling, what issues they may be dealing with which we know nothing about. So be considerate and compassionate at all times, because we do not know what anyone else is going through.