I was driving along South Boulder Road the other day and saw a sign that said “Preaching is easier than practicing.” How true! Most of the time when I write this newsletter, I’m telling you what I need to hear.
But the truth is that it’s much easier to say something than to do it. I can talk to you about goals, but do I always meet mine? No. I can give you hints on ways to reduce stress, but I’m just as stressed as the next person.
But I do have some suggestions. The first one is to keep trying to practice what you preach; it’s the only way to get where you want to be. So don’t give up. Secondly, think before you say something, especially if you don’t have experience. I appreciate my friends who don’t have children not telling me how to raise mine. But I also appreciate suggestions from people who have “been there”. And, try not to say something when you are angry or upset. Lastly, take a few minutes to put yourself in the other person’s place. Not an easy thing to do, but a powerful one. Looking at something from another perspective can make all the difference.
So here I am preaching, but I also intend to practice. Will you join me?