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  • My private conversation

    Would you indulge me for a moment, and partake in a conversation I had with myself.

    I asked myself this question, and followed the response I got (from myself):
    Do I think I would change if I saw the splitting of the Red Sea?

    "Yes, of course."  

    That's the easy answer.

    But, you have seen movies of the splitting of the Red Sea, and nothing happened?

    "But that's not real."

    So.  Do we need reality to change?

    Does an external reality ever make us change?

    "No, not really.  I can hardly think of one time where something happened that made me change!"

    How many "realities" are we waiting for, that we use as an excuse before we change?

    "If" this happens, then I will be happy.  "If" that happens then I will be more responsible, etc., etc.,

    "If the people around me were only nicer...."
    "If I had more money...."
    "If I had a better job...."
    "If my spouse...."
    "If my kids...."

    Are there any excuses I left out?

    The Jewish people did not leave Egypt because the Red Sea split.  
    It's because they left Egypt that the Red Sea could split.  They had to make the first move.

    Why do we change?
  • The Parenting Secret

    By Linda & Richard Eyre, for the Deseret News

    In a recent Deseret News article titled "Good romantic partners are likely to be good parents," clear connections are made between how well people do in their marriage relationship and how good they are at parenting. The article references a British study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

    "A father who has a good relationship with the mother of his children is more likely to be involved and to spend time with his children and to have children who are psychologically and emotionally healthier," said W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and one of that study's authors. "Indeed, the quality of the marriage relationship affects the parenting behavior of both parents."

    It seems obvious when you think about it - someone who is good at one relationship is more likely to be good at others. But it is more than that.


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