Where is it! Fun finding things in the dark.

Step 1) can’t find iphone.

Step 2) maybe it’s in my bag

Step 3) light is off already

Step 4) can’t find bag in the dark

Step 5) pick up iphone

Step 6) turn on flashlight app.

Step 7) use flashlight app to find my bag.

Step 8) start looking in my bag for my iphone.


Wait…

There is a distinct possibility that I’m tired.

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Unsung Musicians (Pt1) … Kat McDowell

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Name: Kat McDowell
Sound: vocals and acoustic guitar/vocals and full band (the Underdogs)
Language: English/Japanese

Kat is an awesome singer/musician.

Creating her own music as well as doing covers, she has a soothing effect at the same time as making you want to get up and dance!

She writes and sings in both Japanese and English, and has released her own albums on iTunes.

Kat always gives her heart in live performances, and really connects with her audience.

Check out her website for more information.

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The Right Balance

I grew up in an amazing family, and no matter what mistakes I made, they loved me. They also loved me enough to tell me off!

A good balance is essential to a good upbringing. Discipline corrects you when you are wrong and love constantly surrounds you.

My surrogate sister here in Japan, She always tells me when I need to change my attitude!

It’s not only the same for raising children, but for any good relationship.
With friends, colleagues, your partner or anyone with whom you have regular contact, we need to be strong enough to tell each other what we feel and what is right, whether it’s “I love you”, “I want to hang out”, “What are you doing after work?” or ( at the other end) “Please don’t gossip”,  “Take it easy”, or “You didn’t send that fax yesterday”.

What attitude do you have?

Is it an attitude of thinking of other people?

Or one of thinking of how you want them to be for your own sake?

This book on having a great attitude is available to buy, click on this link!

Under the apple tree…

“Give… Why?!”

People are always saying that “hard word bears good fruit”, and “give and you’ll receive, just like planting seeds, you bear fruit in time”

I wanted to see just how much a person could get from planting just one seed. So I looked at apples. In one apple there aren’t that many seeds, so that’s easy right? Wrong.

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Are you missing out?

I read something great this morning.

The whole focus was on this amazing world, and that so many things happen in it that we don’t see. I love this world, and although I can’t say that this world is perfect, I think that for me this planet is exactly how it needs to be, and is going to be better.

This wonderful place is full of great things. None of which cost a thing to create. Animals, trees, rivers, oceans (yes, people in Japan can of course still love the ocean) and people!

It’s easy to just be so busy just waking up, working and going to sleep that we can miss everything around us.

I went to Jesus Lifehouse Hong Kong a couple of years ago, and spent all my time just meeting people, going to church, and looking around at what was happening around me.

I want to do that more here in Tokyo. I’ll go to work, go to Jesus Lifehouse Tokyo, and just look around and meet people, because I’m more than just sleep and work.

When I get to Sendai, I’ll work, meet people and go to Jesus Lifehouse Sendai.

Are you starting to see a pattern?

This is my Life, and I want it to be great and filled with memories of this beautiful world, not just passed through because I’m too busy to appreciate it.

I want to take more time to really appreciate everything and everyone around me. How much time are you spending on that?

Click here to see what I read this morning.

Getting Stronger

For a long time I felt that my team wasn’t growing at church, that people weren’t committing well, and that only a few people were actually daring to dream of bigger things for the video team. I realised that instead of focusing outwards on the problem, finding fault in others and thinking it was beyond my control, That I needed to reflect on what the core things are that a team needs in order to grow. I found that a lot of things were things I hadn’t been putting 100% into, and therefore wasn’t getting much out of it.

 

There are some key things that any team needs to become stronger. Among these are:

  • Leadership
  • Vision
  • Determination
When a leader falters, there can be no results. Even if individuals work hard, where will that energy go?
If you are a leader, manager or supervisor, you need to really be on top of things. Putting energy into your team, organisation or employees is actually not that hard, and if you keep up your own energy level then 70% of the work is done. The rest is encouragement, nurturing and praise.
Casting vision is the most useful tool in getting others to work hard for something. If there is something to aim for, we all know what we can work towards and how we fit into the big picture. Vision needs to be far-sighted, attainable and you need steps to get there. For example, if your vision is to be a great teacher, then it’s a good idea to think about where you want to be teaching and who to, is there some skill that you have that can be turned into a teaching subject or teaching tool, and also what courses you can take and experience will you need to gain to achieve that position. apply this to an employee and you get “what job do you want to end up with?”, “Do you have the potential to achieve the necessary skills?” and “What Job will help me get there?”  Vision only works when you are working towards it.
To get any results, be determined. If you can’t be determined in your Vision, then no matter how much you try to lead, or cast vision into others, you will not get through the first trial.  I believe that determination is the fuel that drives our vision, and leadership is how we steer.
To get stronger we need to have great leaders, become good leaders, keep our eyes on the future, know what we want, and go for it.