Category Archives: Commitment

Uncouple and Stop Fighting with Your Past

One of my favorite Brit-coms is “Coupling,” a story about six characters and their past and present relationships with one another. If you’ve never seen an episode, the

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Too much attention to the dark past can cause us to miss the bright future in front of us.

American TV shows “Friends” and “Seinfeld” are similar.

Forming and ending relationships is a significant part of life. When a relationship ends, we must uncouple from our expectations about that relationship and from our dreams for our role in it. Jon Mertz, over at Thin Difference talks about living an unlife life. By that, he means leaving in the past those parts that need to stay there so that we can continue on our life’s journey. Uncoupling is necessary for us to continue on our own journey through life. Continue reading

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Do You Have What It Takes?

In August we had the privilege of producing a video about a school backpack charity event. What struck me most in watching this event unfold was the evidence of commitment. Sure, there’s the

commitment of the hundreds of volunteers who collect school items, pack school bags and distribute them. It pales in comparison to the commitment of the families who come to get the backpacks. Continue reading

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Our Pressing Engagement

This last Sunday we had a pressing engagement – with a vat of Zinfandel grapes we had crushed more than a week before. Crushing the grapes is the first step in 

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Sweet grapes on their way to the destemmer.

transforming grapes into wine. Pressing is the second step. Wine-making is something Brad and I have done as a hobby for several years now. In that time, I’ve learned that it takes a lot of time to make wine well, and it takes commitment to the process. I’ve learned that carelessness and impatience will ruin the wine and lay waste to all the work that has gone before. Continue reading

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