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I Feel I Think I Believe—Tim Challies
Helpful post from Tim’s blog a couple of weeks ago. It’s important to understand this.
Have you noticed how everyone today seems to tell us what and how they feel? “I feel like we should pray about that before we do it.” “I feel like Hillary Clinton would make a terrible (or wonderful) president.” “I feel like that’s an unfair statement.” I could be wrong here, but aren’t these “I feel” statements more common than they used to be? It may be a matter of mere semantics or a matter of the evolution of the English language. But it may just be more than that. It may just point us to something we ought to consider.
3 Things New Leaders Need to Listen For—Art Rainer
If you’re a Millennial, you are likely a new leader in some capacity. Perhaps in your workplace, in your home, or even in your church. Good words from Art.
If you are a new leader, you have ideas. You have changes that you want to make. And , inevitably, you desire to communicate the ideas and changes quickly. But while your initial desire is to speak, don’t forget to do something equally, if not more, important—listen. Because it is through listening that you become a better communicator and leader.
As you settle into a new position, make conversation with those superior and subordinate to you. Get to know everyone. Take time to listen. Don’t worry about telling your story. It will come out over time. Worry about hearing their story. Their story means everything to you. In their story lies a beautiful wealth of information. And if you purposefully listen, you will learn how to better position your future words and, ultimately, become a better leader.
History of Magic in North America: Fourteenth Century-Seventeenth Century—J.K. Rowling
Rowling has a series of short stories coming out this week previewing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read the first one here.
Though European explorers called it ‘the New World’ when they first reached the continent, wizards had known about America long before Muggles (Note: while every nationality has its own term for ‘Muggle,’ the American community uses the slang term No-Maj, short for ‘No Magic’). Various modes of magical travel – brooms and Apparition among them – not to mention visions and premonitions, meant that even far-flung wizarding communities were in contact with each other from the Middle Ages onwards.
I started listening to the LOST soundtrack on Spotify this morning. It started with this song. If you watched the show, this is the song they play at the end. It is an inherently nostalgic song, but when you listen to the song and you haven’t watched the show in a couple years, it will bring back all of them memories.