I was ready to agree with Mike R. But then he had to twist his own thesis into a
little rant against, guess who, President Obama. We're left to guess the
real intent of this post, but this kind of thing can hurt a guy's
When bad habits are intentionally or unintentionally reinforced, especially by
society, don't expect change.
There are "rules" that govern success in every field, including the
"family". Those parents who acknowledge that there are eternal truths
behind those rules and who try to find a way to implement those rules will have
a much higher rate of success than those who "wing it". Of course,
success requires more than blindly obeying a set of rules. Somewhere along the
line, those rules must be accompanied with confidence in those rules and the
desire to follow those rules. Those who do not believe that actions
have consequences will be the first to sign up for Obama's "rich guy
pays all" theory. (Surprisingly, he is hanging on to his wealth instead of
"sharing" that wealth with all of those whom he has told that some
"rich guy" should pay for everything. At 10 times the average income,
Obama is far from being poor.)Those who succeed in school do their
homework and study until they understand the concepts. Those who succeed in
business apply know principles of success.Those who succeed as
parents apply the principle given to us by our Creator for a happy and
I'm sure Dan's family is exemplary, but I'm left a little cold by
the MBA style of raising a family--all that SWOT analysis, habit evaluation,
etc. I hope there's a little warmth in the Family Home Evening.
Another thought I got is, it takes desire to do any thing. The article said
something about loops. In my opinion every thing is a circle, and will drive you
nuts, because to do the same thing over and over and expect different results is
crazy. It takes a lot of self discipline to make the change. Believe you can and
keep your expectations [standards] high.
Dis-ease can effect your mind, your body or your spirit. Ya you can control your
mind, sure it takes will power to control the body. The spirit you got a problem
there, with out spirit to help. Ya got to have spirit to change. Ya I believe in
a Higher Power.