Archives For December 2013

The Light of Christmas

December 28, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Another Christmas has come and gone. For me, this holiday is like a mile-marker on the highway of life. Some of my strongest memories come from Christmas’s past. It serves as a grand finale of another year – and it kick-starts my thinking and planning for the next year.

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. So much is wrapped up in this holiday – besides gifts. For my family, we have more traditions surrounding this holiday than any other. There is special food that is only prepared during this season. One of my favorites is the spritz cookies that my wife and my mother only bake at Christmas time.

There are movies that we watch every Christmas. Classics like “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “The Grinch” and “It’s a Wonderful Life”. We pile into the living room, build a fire in the fireplace and enjoy watching these for the umpteenth time.

It’s tradition to go walk through the Fantasy of Lights Christmas light display at the local university. We bundle up and walk past every animated display in the multi-acre wonderland.

Another Beshear family tradition is attending the Christmas Eve candle-light service at our church. The songs of Christmas fill the sanctuary and a peace slowly fills our hearts. We begin to focus our attention on the Christ child – the Christ of Christmas. There’s perhaps no clearer picture of the Light of the World than the silent spread of candlelight passed from person to person. His light, His love, can overcome any darkness.

As you plan for the new year, consider protecting the flame of Christmas. What would happen if we continued to focus on the needs and desires of others? How would we change if we sought, day in and day out, to delight those we serve and love? How much richer would your 2014 be if you kept the flame alive and continued to spread the Light of Christmas?

Redeem the Time

December 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

I have found a great little device that has helped me become more efficient and effective- in and away from my office.

I’m talking about the LG Electronics HBS-700 Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Bluetooth Headset.

It’s easy to pair this wireless headset with your bluetooth-enabled cell phone and begin placing and receiving phone calls while using the headset.

While I’m in my office, I use this lightweight headset to easily participate in conference calls with my iPhone.

No more sore “cell phone cradle neck” from contorting my neck and shoulders to hold my phone while I free up my hands to type or write.

It also allows more freedom than a speaker phone because I slip my iPhone in my pocket and easily walk around while on a call.

The unit has a talk time of about 10 hours which allows for extended use throughout the day. It charges back up in two to three hours and is ready to go again.

When I’m out of the office, I use the LG HBS-700 to make and receive calls when I’m in my truck. It’s easier and safer than trying to juggle my phone while on the go. It has a few simple buttons that allow me to answer calls and adjust the earbud volume.

Another way I use the LG headset is to listen to podcast recordings. I subscribe to multiple podcasts and always have several episodes queued up and ready in my phone. The headset makes it easy to catch up on those podcasts that I enjoy but have a hard time making time for. This one use of the headset helps me to redeem the time on road trips and even during short errands. A button on the headset allows me to easily start and stop the audio playback.

I also enjoy using the headset to listen to music or podcasts while I exercise. It’s the ultimate “kill two birds with one stone” scenario when you can exercise AND listen to an informational or motivational audio at the same time! Since the headset is wireless, I don’t have to contend with “cord management” issues inherent with corded earbuds.

As you plan for the new year, if increasing your efficiency is on your mind, think about trying the LG HBS-700.

Unlikely Gifts

December 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

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What we tend to avoid, may indeed be a gift.

The bitter cold creates our love of the crackling fire.

The physical ailment sets the stage for our grateful steps of recovery.

The full schedule leads up to the rejuvenating vacation.

Pronounced thirst precedes the sweetest swigs of water.

The drapes of the darkest night pull back to unveil the brightest dawn.

The very existence of the unpleasant enables the recognition and enjoyment of the good.

If today, in your work or life, you are facing a bitter north wind,

hold on, keep going, your efforts are the kindling for the fire that will warm your tomorrow.