Beat Carpet

Beat Carpet

Holding the floor requires first taking the floor. Hope needs to get attention—to be heard. Few things draw attention like well-drawn art.

Have beauty and skill in whatever you think is important. If your message will help people, get them to read it by drawing them in with the artwork you use to present it.

Practicing art strokes with your paintbrush or calligraphy pen may pave the way to tell the world about your cure for cancer. Captivate your captive audience with artistic diligence. They may not care to hear your words, but people just can’t ignore good art.  · · · →

Competence Wins Wars

Competence Wins Wars

We say that courage wins victories. It does, at some level. Overcoming fear with a desire for something more important, determination and willpower, resolve—these things are quite formidable. But, they won’t win if they wait until the last minute.

Competence comes from diligence. Skill and know-how need practice and experience—they need time. One can’t sluff off, reject counsel, not learn, then expect to win at the last minute by sheer will. The one whose courage and resolve lead to daily practice and improved skill is the one who will win. That’s why well-earned competence triumphs over last-minute courage.  · · · →

Standing Cheek-Turn

Standing Cheek-Turn

Turn the other cheek and don’t back down. That’s the idea Jesus gave us. Standing your ground includes opening yourself to unfair violence. If violent, cruel, uncaring people take advantage of your intentional weakness, it may be the last thing they do.

The public doesn’t like bullies, no matter what their politics, usually.

Next time a friend doesn’t act like one, keep your ideas and opinions. Say what you normally say, maybe more. Just make sure you include that old wisdom of returning good for the evil dealt you by others. If you give goodness, you must be good yourself.  · · · →

Forced Voices

Forced Voices

Sometimes, people just don’t listen. Maybe that should be rephrased—sometimes, people listen. Better yet, people rarely listen.

When we talk nice, we get ignored. For some reason, people only listen to loud voices. Forget all about the fact that the person talking started talking quietly. Forget all about the rudeness of ignoring someone or continuing to do something one shouldn’t be doing in the first place. Once the person talking talks loud enough to get overdue attention, the “ignorers” complain about the loud voice.

It’s their choice. Voices ignored become voices raised. It’s a forced hand—or forced voice.  · · · →