Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.
Samuel Dickey Gordon
Lecturer and author of devotional books
Happy Easter this Sunday, March 31.
Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.
Samuel Dickey Gordon
Lecturer and author of devotional books
Happy Easter this Sunday, March 31.
In general, people say you shouldn’t pass judgment on others. Well actually, when it comes to dating, you should. When you date, you’re supposed to discern what is good, bad, right, wrong, healthy, and unhealthy about a person. You need to know when to pull the plug because if you don’t, you’re going to experience misery, anguish, and frustration, and waste a hell of a lot of time.
Although I could discuss the topic both ways, I’m going to focus on the ladies. Here are 10 reasons to ditch a guy:
Reason #1: He’s base when talking about women
You know the music where the singer calls women “hos”? That sort of thing. If he leers, acts snotty, calls women “bitches,” or worse, it’s not a good plan to be dating him because his disrespect for women in general also includes you.
Reason #2: He’s a momma’s boy
Relationships are filled with enough decisions to be worked out between the two of you – it doesn’t need to be the three of you. If his mom handpicks everything from his career path to his apartment, take caution. I assure you my son’s apartment was definitely not selected or decorated by his mother (even if his taste is, as I like to say, “Eclectic”).
Reason #3: He’s primarily interested in himself
If everything is about his opinions, his concerns, and his dreams, or he likes to hear himself talk, then he’s not really interested in you to any great depth. You’re just a window dressing on his life.
Reason #4: He has addiction issues
If he has had any trouble with drugs, gambling, or alcohol, don’t even bother. That often requires a whole lifetime of management and counseling. Instead of marrying into it, go to school and get a license to be a clinical social worker – that way at least you’ll get paid to do it.
Reason #5: He’s not honest and/or trustworthy
Now, I’m not talking about him saying, “Of course I enjoy your cooking,” and then going out to get a taco when he says he’s putting gas in the car. That’s what we call telling a “white lie” in order to avoid hurting your feelings. I’m talking about major things: He says he has never been convicted of a felony and you find out he’s got a rap sheet, or he swears he doesn’t have an STD and then you end up with a little surprise. Big lies like, “I’ve never been married before,” or, “No, I don’t have kids,” set the foundation for a lack of trust, and if you can’t trust your man, you’re in store for a lifetime of anxiety, frustration, and big-time drama.
Reason #6: He’s negative
You know the type: He doesn’t like his job, thinks everyone on the road is an idiot, and pouts about nothing ever going his way. Everybody has bouts of negativity (I know I do), but dealing with a constantly negative person is draining. It will eventually drag you – and the relationship – down. If you’ve got a guy who is negative all the time, dump him.
Reason #7: He’s got Peter Pan Syndrome
Guys like this seem charming because they act like kids or perpetual teenagers. However, unless a guy can take emotional and fiscal responsibility, you don’t have yourself a real man.
Reason #8: He lacks ambition
This funnels from reason #7. He needs to have a goal – any type of goal. Life is a challenge, and if you don’t want somebody who isn’t going to protect and provide for you, don’t stay with someone who has no passion or ambition. A guy who gets fired and then sits back and doesn’t look for a job isn’t the kind of man you want. If he’s got a “why bother” attitude about life, you should have a “why bother” attitude about him.
Reason #9: He’s a cheater
Life is short. The last thing you want to do is spend your time worrying about who your guy is in bed with. I think there should be a one-strike law: If you’ve made a promise to each other that you’re not going to date other people anymore and he strays, dump him. Don’t accept any excuses.
Reason #10: He isn’t good boyfriend material
Though somebody may look good on paper, if they don’t mesh very well with your lifestyle, family, or friends, you don’t want to have a future with them. Otherwise, it’s going to be a lifetime of dealing with them not bothering or caring, and making a mess when they can’t fit in.
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Being a mom is tough. I remember when my son was a baby, survival was the only thing on my mind. Even though they’re cute and you love them to death, infants and toddlers can tire you out and even put you in a bad mood. Here’s a list of 10 small changes you can make in order to be a healthier, happier mom:
1. Cut the caffeine. Coffee might keep you going, but your caffeine addiction – yes it’s a chemical addiction – can dehydrate you (it makes you pee more) and cause you to feel jittery or anxious. This is not a good thing when you’re already stressed out with a kid. Have one, maybe two cups a day, but that’s it. For the rest of the day, sip decaf, herbal teas, or just plain water. That way, you’ll stay hydrated and energized.
2. Have sex. A lot of new moms call my show complaining that they are too tired or don’t feel like having sex, as though it’s a terrible obligation or assignment. However, with all the crazy hormonal changes you’re going through, sex might be just the solution. Sex is therapeutic. Orgasms release oxytocin, endorphins, and DHEA, which create positive emotions, release tension, improve mood, and give your immune system a boost. In addition, sex does wonders for that post-pregnancy belly pooch because it strengthens the pelvic floor and the lower abs. Forget the apple – sex a day keeps the doctor away.
3. Get sleep. Sixty percent of moms say sleep is their primary challenge. Are you having trouble falling asleep? I suggest 10 minutes of yoga, prayer, or meditation before going to bed. If you find it really hard to shut off your brain at night, keep a journal on your nightstand and before you go to sleep, jot down your to-do list for the next day. Anything that is worrying you, write it down. By getting it on paper, you can say to yourself, “It’s taken care of, now I can sleep.”
4. Eat breakfast. It’s the first meal (you are “breaking the fast”), and it sets the tone for the rest of the day. You need to put food in your belly within a half hour of waking up to rev up your metabolism and get your brain going. Aim for a mix of protein and fiber, such as yogurt with fresh fruit or oatmeal with berries and almonds.
5. Don’t set unrealistic goals. Don’t overload your brain with 40 million things you think you need to get done. You won’t stick to what you can’t do. For example, instead of looking at exercise in terms of weight-loss, approach it in terms of endurance. When you start off, it may take you an hour to go around the neighborhood. A week later it may take 58 minutes, and then the next week 56 minutes, etc. That kind of observation is better than stepping on a scale and getting demoralized.
6. Listen to music. Just like Mother Laura has been saying for years, a recent scientific review published in the journal Nutrition reports that listening to music strengthens immunity, digestion, and pain perception, reduces the incidence of heart failure, and even improves recovery time after a strenuous workout. So, load up your iPod with the kind of music that makes you feel good. For me, that’s Motown. When the music comes on, my mind immediately goes blank and I’m just movin’.
7. Cut out the packaged foods. Eating any kind of food that can last a long time on the shelf makes you live a shorter amount of time. Instead of packaged snacks, eat real food. No antibiotics, hormones, chemicals, or added sugar.
8. Snack smart. There are times when I get out a teaspoon of peanut butter, lay it in my mouth, and just let it melt (if you have to talk, I don’t recommend doing this). It keeps my blood sugar up, and it’s a good source of protein.
9. Make your workouts work for you. With little kids, you may not have time for a half hour or hour workout, but you can break it up into 5-10 minute increments throughout the day. Or get up earlier. When my son, Deryk, was little, I used to ride him around in a seat on my bicycle. I rode him to the park and he’d play, and then we’d get back on the bike and go back. I also took him to the mall. This worked great: like one of those wind-up toys, I’d set him down, face him in the direction I wanted him to go, and let go. He would run forward and I would do my little shuffle run behind him. It’s amazing how you can get exercise by doing simple things like this (of course you get tired and they don’t!). You can get a good 20 minutes in just by chasing your kid around the mall (if they like to run in a straight line and you don’t take your eyes off them).
10. Stop stressing. Exercise, meditate, or do something fun with your husband. Whether it’s sex or playing a board game, you need to have some fun before you go to bed.
Narcissism is one of the biggest dangers today, especially with kids. Parents are doing everything they can to rescue their kids from their own laziness and failures. They hand out trophies when they lose and tell them they’re wonderful no matter what. However, the only thing they’re doing is fostering empty self-esteem.
Many people don’t realize there’s a big difference between wanting something and deserving it. They think, “I deserve something because I want it,” as opposed to, “I deserve something because I earned it.” And when it comes to self-esteem, their attitude is no different.
A lot of callers come on my show saying that the reason they make bad choices is because they have low self-esteem. However, they have it backwards: it’s because they make poor choices that they lack esteem for themselves. Self-respect requires effort.
About six months ago, a Pakistani girl named Malala Yousafzai was shot multiple times by a Taliban gunman on the way home from school because she stood up for women’s education. She was taken to Britain and a brilliant team of surgeons saved her life. Her face looks a bit numb and she has a hard time talking, but she can use her arms and walk. This girl is a hero and inspiration to us all. Why? Because she earned it. She bravely took a public stand in a region where it’s very dangerous to do so.
Self-respect doesn’t just happen by virtue of being born or because you’re breathing – you have to earn it by what you do. I can’t believe that people actually expect themselves and their children to feel respect for themselves when they haven’t earned it.
So, how can we adjust this narcissistic attitude?
It all starts with the parents. First off, I think every parent who allows their child to have their own personal, private Facebook or Twitter account is being negligent. It gives kids a false sense of who they are in the world, and they have only one way to go from there – down and out. According to a brilliant essay by Dr. Keith Ablow, Facebook introduces kids to a world of fantasy which artificially makes them feel special, mature, powerful, and important. But ultimately the bubble bursts and the fake autobiography explodes. They end up depressed and either kill themselves or someone else.
The rule also applies to television and cell phones. Your kids should barely watch TV and only if you pick out the programs. They shouldn’t have a cell phone, but if they do, it should be an old-style phone that only allows them to make calls (not text!) in case of an emergency.
In addition, parents need to cease being weenies and start being leaders in their homes. Women have to stop dumping their kids in institutionalized day care so they can go off and “esteem themselves” by working. Furthermore, there are too many unhappy and lonely children as a result of divorced parents who are either too bored or too invested in some new guy or gal to be giving and loving. Not only does it destroy children’s homes, but it also opens the door for pedophiles who prey on neglected, lonely kids with inattentive parents.
Let’s make fewer excuses (e.g. “We’re too busy and tired,” “All the other kids are doing it,” “You can’t control it,” etc.), and parent more.
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Courtship, for the most part, doesn’t exist anymore. Men today are either very crass in how they treat women, or they have been completely emasculated. I’m so frustrated by the lack of masculinity in our society, which, in my opinion, was ripped away by the feminist movement. Feminism taught women that they needed men for nothing – holding a door or pulling out a chair became unacceptable, let alone providing and protecting.
As a result, men no longer think women should be placed on pedestals. Instead, they only consider how fast they can get them on their backs with their knees up. That’s what feminism has done for women: it’s made them target practice for penises.
The decline of courtship has been a total disaster. Individuals forever avoid becoming adults or lack any sense of well-being in their lives. Life has absolutely zero meaning if you’re not living for someone else. In addition, our children suffer. We used to think motherhood was as American as apple pie, but not anymore. Women drop their responsibilities as mothers and put their kids in day care for the sake of being equal and doing it all.
Leon R. Kass wrote a very brilliant essay titled, “The End of Courtship,” which is as critical and despondent about what has happened as I am. Read it here.
Being a kid can be tough, especially when it comes to school. Here is a list of 10 things most of us wish someone had told us while we were students:
1. The most popular and highest achieving kids in school are NOT always the most successful in the real world. Success in the academic bubble does not necessarily translate to success in work and real life. While you’re in school, take heart and stay focused because slow and steady wins the race.
2. Just because you’re not part of the “cool crowd” doesn’t mean you’re not cool or unique. I remember one time just before Christmas break, I was walking out of a chemistry exam and a guy in my class who rarely spoke to me came up and said, “It must be wonderful to be like you and not get nervous about big tests like this.” I looked at him and laughed. I said, “What the heck are you talking about? I’m a wreck just like everyone else.” It just goes to show you that not only is perception in the eye of the beholder, but it’s also not always on target. The reason I seemed composed going into exams was that I developed a “leapfrog focus” (i.e. “When the exam is over, I’m going to see a movie/have hot chocolate/etc.), but that didn’t mean I wasn’t a nervous wreck. I’m amused at how we can all look at each other and think something is true when it isn’t. Everyone has feelings, insecurities, ambitions, and dreams that aren’t apparent on the surface.
3. The smartest, most interesting, and most creative people usually aren’t the most socially comfortable or interested. It’s the least popular, most focused kids who become the most influential and successful. They’re the ones thinking day in and day out about the big things they’re going to do with their lives. So if you’re one of them, don’t worry. And if you’re not, don’t be mean to them. You never know who’s going to be signing your paycheck or be in a position to help you down the line. As they say, nerds rule.
4. Being different is actually good. In the adolescent and post-adolescent years, there’s a lot of pressure to conform to the group, agree to their rules, and dress, talk, and behave a certain way. It’s a matter of belonging. However, even though there’s a lot of pressure to fit in and be like everyone else, you can get to the point where you lose sight of who you are at a time when you’re supposed to be discovering yourself. Therefore, being like everyone else is in direct conflict with what you really need.
5. Pursue what you love regardless of what people say. You have to remember that people in school are painfully limited in their perspective on the world. Whatever it is that you’re really into, that you want to stay up late reading about, or you’re thinking about when you should be focusing on a lecture or studying may be the key to what you build your life and career around. Don’t ignore your passion. It doesn’t matter if anybody else thinks it’s stupid – it’s your passion.
6. Extracurricular activities and internships are sometimes more important than academics. Interacting with the outside world gives you invaluable experiences. The more you interact with adults, businesses, community groups and execs, the more comfortable you’ll be networking with them when you need a loan, a job, advice on your career, admission to grad school, etc. Get outside the bubble of school and build a network.
7. Courses and majors in school do not necessarily correlate to opportunities in the real world. I laugh at some of the majors colleges have, such as “Women’s Studies” or “Communication Studies.” What the heck are you going to do with those?! Some of these degrees simply aren’t pragmatic in the real world.
8. Teachers and professors are not the enemy. Consider them as mentors and friends. Talk to them often for advice and counsel. Ask them for extra help, perspective, or just to go over something again. When I was a professor, I really appreciated the students who came around and wanted to learn more.
9. Your parents and family usually have your best interests at heart. They may not always understand why you do some of the things you do, but give them the benefit of the doubt. Don’t make life harder on your folks. The better your relationship is with your parents, the easier life is going to be. Period. You need family.
10. Life is complicated – get used to it. Consider all the frustrations you’re going through now as training for the really big stuff later. Learn to deal with conflict, confusion, challenges, and tackling things you don’t like or understand in school because adulthood is a much more dangerous atmosphere. Develop the coping skills you’ll need for the rest of your life. The biggest war is not with your teachers or your parents, but the one you have with yourself over who and what you’re going to be and what you’ll stand for.