If you have never been to Shilo or its rich environs and a few years have passed since your last trip nearby, you have an opportunity for a free trip tomorrow: I found out about this a few hours ago: All the details are provided on the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfO9s_IrWMrFOnzazunpqeXE16fuyOzPW6TM11kwbVEnouCdw/viewform
A simple thing like joining a Webinar is a challenge with it’s frustrations. In fact, Lisa Aiken’s talk could have been entitled, “How to meet the Challenge of Joining a Webinar”. Yes to get it started is a challenge . For on old hand, it can be a trifle. I felt it empowered by getting and staying connected. a seminar conducted over the Internet.
What is a webinar? A webinar is a seminar conducted over the Internet.
I’m sorry to say that my idea of a seminar is a class at a college or university in which a topic is discussed by a teacher and a small group of students, and the burden of the class falls increasingly on the students.
At the beginning of the webinar the manager announced that 40+ students enrolled. During the hour she listed some of the single word answers of listeners. No feedback.
Notwithstanding the fact that Dr. Aiken’s message was well developed, it wasn’t so important what she said, because, there was a sense of familiarity to it.
But getting on to a webinar, that was new, for me anyhow.
Some may say the purpose of a webinar is for arousing interest, where little or none exists. That person would not join a webinar; he uses his time to follow his range of interests and none other. Touchy-feely talks are seen as a waste of time. Dr. Aiken wore her therapist’s cap throughout, and had you think for a brief moment that a therapy session was in progress.
When one joins a Webinar you have a general idea of the contents. After a single listening experience, I know that a webinar is really another type of Info-mercial, a television program that promotes a product in an informative and supposedly objective way, in this case promoting a series of Lisa Aiken webinars.
Heaven is wonderful, but getting there is most of the fun. This statement has been attributed to the Chofetz Chiam. I imagine the “fun” that the great Chofetz Chiam is referring to is the trial of living a life seeking a connection to his creator. On the outside he lived a life of great difficulty and what we would call poverty. It was “Life”. He saw life with a capital “L”. Nothing was trivial.
His spiritual life was rich beyond imagination.
The speaker is Dr. Lisa Aiken. Her topic, Overcoming Challenges with Resilience, was about “Life”. She urged us to make our stresses into small trivialities.
Firstly, what is a challenge? As a typical therapist, she threw the question out to her listeners. You’ve undoubtedly been in a room where the psychologist asks the audience members to utter their personal challenges.
Then after hearing complaints of the mundane variety from a somewhat embarrassed audience of listeners, the speaker comes up with some heavy complaints and then some and guess what, Dr. Aiken continued, “those folks are sunny and bright and not down on the world.”
I suspected she would supply many stories and examples from her hospital patients. One a woman, suffered a stroke in her ninth month of pregnancy
Dr. Aiken was summoned to tell the woman that after delivery, she would never be able to walk or hold her baby. The lady burst out, “I’ve always been told that I was a good for nothing. You’ll see, I’ll be back in three months walking and holding my baby”. Three months later she proved Dr. Aiken wrong. More to the point, the woman didn’t know how resilient she was. But she learned and taught Dr.Aiken a thing or two.
Other stories were told describing near fatal accidents, that in the end helped wake up folks to the dangers of living in the fast lane of drugs and alcohol.
Making the necessary changes in their lives didn’t happen UNTIL they felt isolated, with their backs up against the wall, without family, friends, job etc.
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