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Living in the Crisis Mode

Get Set Free from the Crisis Mode

This year it is time to examine your life and see what may be holding you in bondage. Are you chained to crisis?

Think about people you know who never get out of a crisis. Their lives are filled with mistakes and bad decisions. Many times it is because the foundation of their decisions is shaky. Most of the people I know who can never get a handle on their lives have no solid values. They base their decisions on what is gratifying right now instead of the destination of where they want to go.

A few years ago I was scheduled to teach a class on Sunday mornings at my church. The pastor had all of the teachers come to the platform to give a few words about the classes that were to start the following week. He had asked me to go first since my class had the largest sign-up. Seconds before I went to the microphone, the pastor leaned over to me and said, “Sorry for the typo in the bulletin.”

Instead of “Freedom From Bondage,” it read, “Free Form Bondage”. I had to explain to a large room of people what they were getting into with my class and asked for a recount of sign-ups.

Practice Your Values

Practice in the most simple ways. There are thousands of opportunities you will face this year to practice your values. If you live your values, you will step into good decisions that will develop your character.

After returning one day from a shopping trip at a department store, I was shocked that a necklace had fallen off the jewelry counter into my shopping bag. When I went back to the store to return it, the sales clerk said, “That’s OK, just keep it. No one will ever know.”

Her answer left me feeling bad about myself. “But, I will know,” I said. I left it on the counter to let her figure out what to do with it and turned and walked away.

Embrace your values and don’t allow others to regulate your value system.

Unexpected Crisis

If you are in the midst of breast cancer, you are probably in an unexpected crisis mode. There are times things happen that are out of your control. At such a time, follow a few guidelines:

  1. Find a place of peace in the crisis. That may be a quiet time of the day to yourself.

  3. Give yourself time to heal, time to move through the crisis.

  5. Bring others into your circle of healing.

As you are thinking about the New Year and all of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, begin 2008 by making it your goal to not jump from crisis to crisis.

Thought for Today:

“Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them.” – Stephen Covey, American leadership consultant and writer

Live Life,


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