The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

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This book is one of my favorites.  It’s about a magical book that allows the reader to actually enter the story.  As a book lover, I find the idea intriguing.

The main character reads the magical book and enters the neverending story.  His adventures teach him several valuable life lessons.

  • Actions have consequences, regardless of the reason for those actions
  • Listen to the advice of those you trust
  • Discern who is truly your friend and who is trying to use you
  • A prideful heart is dangerous
  • Learning to love is the greatest gift

This is an excellent book and one that I have enjoyed numerous times over the years.

Blogging Makes You Smarter

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I bought this t-shirt from Amazon, because I enjoy blogging and I agree with the message.  Blogging is a great way to develop new skills and it can even make you smarter.

  • Blogging increases creativity, since you are always on the look out for new material, stories, artwork, or photography to share with your followers.
  • Blogging improves your writing skills and each post must be edited for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Blogging requires a certain amount of computer skills.
  • Blogging also results in the need to conduct research and increases knowledge on various topics.

There are a lot of benefits to blogging.  If you have others to add to my list, let me know in the comment section.

The Cars Trilogy

The whole family went to see Cars 3 at the movie theater last week.  We all enjoyed the film and had a great time.  The Cars movies are fun to watch, but they also teach valuable lessons.

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Lightening McQueen starts out rude and arrogant.  As a result, he had no friends, his pit crew abandoned him, and he lost the most important race of his life.

During the movie, he learned humility.  He learned to treat others with respect.  He also learned actions have consequences.

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Mater is a rusty tow-truck.  He loves being silly and he is a loyal friend.  Unfortunately, other cars tend to make fun of Mater.  They call him an idiot and a fool.

However, Mater knows more about car engines than anybody else.  That knowledge allowed him to solve the case and find the mastermind criminal that was trying to destroy the race cars.

Lighting McQueen and Mater learned everyone is different, with different personalities, and different skills.  It’s important to accept our differences and be kind to everyone.

They also learned fights happen among friends.  However, friendship is valuable and we should make amends after a fight.

Cars 3

Lighting McQueen is getting older and struggling to keep up with the rookies.  He learns a lot about motivation and asking for help when it is needed.

At the end of the movie, Lighting McQueen learns another valuable lesson.  Helping someone else achieve their dreams is extremely rewarding.  Teaching others the skills you have learned throughout your life is a great way for your legacy continue, even when you are no longer able to compete.

 

Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

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Joyce Meyer wrote, “Battlefield of the Mind” to teach how changing our thinking habits can change our life.  Thoughts lead to actions.

If we have negative thoughts we will have a negative life.  However, if we have positive thoughts we will have a positive life.

We should pay attention to our thoughts and think about what we are thinking.  We should also spend time discovering the root cause of our negative thoughts.

Sings of a negative or out of control mind:

  • Your mind is always busy
  • Your mind is always wandering
  • You mind is frequently confused
  • Your mind is full of doubts
  • Your mind is anxious or worried
  • Your mind is full of judgmental or critical thoughts

Strategies to improve thinking patterns and control the mind:

  • Think positive thoughts
  • Spend time praising God
  • Ask for help
  • Meditate on God’s word
  • Encourage those around you
  • Be thankful
  • Do things for others to show your appreciation

There are a few theological points in the book that I don’t agree with; however, the book is excellent.  I would recommend this book, even if you don’t like some of the things Joyce Meyer teaches.

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be – Paul Arden

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I give this book mixed reviews.  At times, I was rolling my eyes and thinking this man is crazy.  However, I also nodded my head and thought I could benefit from what he is saying.

Here are a few ideas from the book that I liked:

  • To achieve your goals, to be great at something, takes ambition and sacrifice.
  • Don’t blame others.  Take responsibility for yourself.
  • Whatever you’re doing, do your best.
  • Don’t promise what you can’t deliver.
  • Failure is a precursor of success.
  • Don’t be afraid of silly ideas.
  • Seek your inspiration from unexpected sources.
  • Don’t follow fashion, be original.

 

Who Controls You?

Who controls you?  Do you have an internal or an external locus of control?

Those who believe outside forces completely determine what will happen to them, have an external locus of control.  They view obstacles as insurmountable and believe they are unable to change their life circumstances.

Those who believe they can impact their life through their own actions, have an internal locus of control.  They are not immune to unfortunate  events, trauma, or other obstacles.  However, they focus on finding solutions to their problems.

It is important to notice, bad things happen to people in both groups.  The difference is in how they view negative events and in how they deal with the problems created by those events.

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Are You Lucky?

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Are you lucky?  How you define and view luck, has a huge impact on how lucky you feel.

  • Shallow men believe in luck.  Strong men believe in cause and effect.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Diligence is the mother of good luck.  (Benjamin Franklin)
  • I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.  (Denzel Washington)
  • The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.  (Douglas MacArthur)

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