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                 Wednesday, July 23 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterTurning points

For the past week, without planning a series, I've been writing about turning points and what triggers them or, more specifically, situations that have converged in my life to cause some changes of direction. On Tuesday the Chicken Soup for the Soul entry was on the same theme, a vignette from an old issue of Christian Herald, magazine about a dad's eagerness to hit the road at dawn on the end day of the family vacation at the lake. When everyone was supposed to be loaded into the car, he looked behind the cottage and saw his children playing in the water's edge. Exasperated, he cupped his mouth to yell at them to get moving, but before his vocal cords could get engaged he had a turning point. Suddenly he saw not recalcitrant truants trying to defy their father and spoil his plans, but the whole core of his existence enacting a dance of joy that would never, could never, be repeated in quite the same way again. Then he knew it didn't matter if they got to that night's motel an hour later. Minutes afterward he and his wife were frolicking in the lakeside surf too, not caring if their clothes got wet or their dawn departure was slipping away. And ever afterward, even now, that's the moment he and all the other members of his family have never forgotten from that vacation.

Sometimes the most important turning point in life may be taking time to take the time.

The mindset of our age is that "no one ever changes." "If he was a heel in high school, he'll be a heel for the rest of his life." "If she was 'easy' then, she'll never be anything better." "It's the 21st century. Everyone's doing it and there's nothing you or anyone else can do to change it." ("It" can be whatever you want to put there: cheating, lying, compromising, deceiving, carousing.)

Have you had turning points in your life, whether motivational, spiritual, or even breaking points that sent you on a downward rather than upward spiral? Have you seen people change? Or are you convinced "no one ever changes"?

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

I was just thinking...

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do . . . write to these guys? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they deliver the mail?

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older, then it dawned on me they were probably cramming for their finals.

— Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for today

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

— Norman Vincent Peale

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