Month: June 2018

Getting to Work and Starting to Daydream!

“Quit daydreaming and get to work!”

Ok, I am not sure if someone actually ever said that to me, but I am sure we have all heard someone say that at one time.  I always found that saying rather funny because it made no sense to me.  Why is it an either/or proposition?  Can’t I do both?

Absolutely I can…and should!  There are very few inventions, services, or businesses that didn’t start with someone daydreaming about it. Some way, some how, some one first thought it up.

Daydreaming is an essential part of our lives.  We think about where we want to go, what we want to do, who we want to be.  We come up with great ideas for improving our surroundings, our situation, our relations.  We come up with ways to make not only our lives better but other’s lives as well.

So this blog and its associated podcast and video series will be all about daydreaming, how to make sure we are documenting those dreams, and how to go about getting started on making them a reality.

But my ultimate goal here is to build a community of like minded people….daydreamers looking to be entrepreneurs.  Together we can support, help, learn, and share as we make this journey together.

So get to work and start day dreaming!!!!

(Lack of) Sleep and Positivity

In this episode, Chris discusses how sleep, particularly the lack of it, can make being positive very difficult!

Transcript:

Hi, this is Chris Laning from the Positive Grounding blog at PositiveGrounding.net. And I gotta tell you right now I’m not feeling very positive, and I think I know why.

You see I haven’t had much sleep in the last day or two. A lot of work, on and off, a noisy dog. And there’s definitely a correlation between tiredness and positivity.

The reality is when you’re tired it’s hard to be positive. Very short-tempered, a lot of stuff going on. I definitely need to get some sleep.

But I’m bringing this to you now because I want you to understand that a lot of times when you’re not being positive, when you’re having that short temper, you might want to just kind of think about “Are you tired?” Like how do
you feel?

Sometimes a really good night’s sleep is all you’re gonna need to kind of put you back on that track. The reality is we can’t go without sleep as much as we try. There’s so many things we want to get done in one day but it ain’t gonna happen!

We gotta sleep and that’s what I’m looking forward to in a little bit. Except I kind of have a lot of work to do tonight – that’s a whole other story.

But anyway moral of the day: Sleep helps with positivity. Lack of sleep makes it very hard to be positive.

With the Positive Grounding blog at PositiveGrounding.net, I’m Chris Laning.

The Awkward Path: Meeting People

In this episode Chris talks a cool way to meet others in the church and more relaxed, and less awkward way.

Transcript:

Hi, I’m Chris Laning. And welcome back to “The Awkward Path”.

Now recently my wife and I began attending a new church because we’re trying to find a place where we can get to know some more people and make some friends within the church.

Well this church that we started attending has a program designed explicitly to do that. It’s a simple concept that takes four couples or eight individuals or a mixture thereof, eight people in total, and gives them the charge of just meeting four times in six months to have a meal together. That’s it! Sit down have a meal together four times in a six-month period.

Well, we tried that program and we actually went to the first one the other day. And it was so interesting because we got to meet people there and talk to people there who we probably would have never actually had the opportunity to talk to in church.

Let’s face it, when you’re there on a Sunday morning for a service or Saturday evening for a service,you kind of have other things to do. You’re going in. You’re worshiping. You’re running off to Sunday school or to other small groups. And then you’re leaving to go home and get on with the rest of your day. It’s not the best time to just sit back and have a casual conversation with someone.

But this program actually gives you that opportunity. And we found it so enjoyable because when you’re sitting there having dinner with people, you want to find out about these people, particularly when you’ve never met them before. So you talk. And you learn. And you find out things that you have in common.You also find out interesting things about them.

And the reality is you’re gonna probably remember that. And you’re gonna hold on to that.

Now whether you ultimately
become close friends from this…who knows? But it gives you an opportunity to get to know somebody better outside of the church setting.

I think for those of us who are often awkward in church settings this is actually ideal! Because we won’t feel that pressure. We won’t feel like we have to act all “churchy” or say the right things. We can just relax and be ourselves.

So I would encourage you if you can find a program like that, or convince your church to start something similar. Find ways to interact with people from your church but outside of the church environment. Because if you do that, you’re probably going to make stronger connections. And those stronger connections are going to help you feel more comfortable with the church, and with your walk with God.

For “The Awkward Path”, I’m Chris Laning. I’ll see you next time.

Preparation

Chris discusses how preparation can greatly affect positivity.

Transcript:

Hi, this Chris Laning from the Positive Grounding blog at PositiveGrounding.net. Now I want to talk about positive events and the importance of preparation in them sometimes.

See we went out hiking today in a North Carolina State Park and we had a great time checking out waterfalls and doing all that. But we thought it was just a real short hike. We weren’t prepared. We didn’t bring a lot of water with us. Actually, we brought no water with us. Left it in the car because we just thought it was gonna be a quick hike to the
falls and back. Turns out that was not proper preparation.

So on the hike back people started feeling not so good. (They were) really dry, really thirsty and it just kind of took what was a really positive day and made it a bit of a drag, at least for right now.

The good news is I managed to go out and get some water and bring it back. People are coming along better but what I learned from that is you know what? You just got to always think ahead because not being prepared can take a very positive situation and turn it into a bit of a negative one.

At the end of the day I think we’re still gonna look at this as a positive experience. We saw some great waterfalls. We had some good times, great weather, and the most positive thing is that we probably learned a lesson we should have learned a long time ago: be prepared. All my scout training out the door.

I’m Chris Laning with Positive Grounding at PositiveGrounding.net. Talk to you next time.

Waterfalls

Chris has some quick thoughts while visiting waterfalls in a North Carolina state park.

Transcript:

Hi. This is Chris Laning from the Positive Grounding blog at PositiveGrounding.net. Now, I’m out here today hiking through a state park in N.C. looking at waterfalls. And trying to think what the best thing that I could say about the waterfalls are.

Well you know sometimes you just got to let them speak for themselves. Beautiful! Just being out in nature and the positive vibes you get from flowing water. All the energy that’s going on it’s kind of priceless.

So get out there, enjoy and just soak up all the nature you can.

This is Chris Laning from the Positive Grounding blog at PositiveGrounding.net.

What Makes You Feel Closer to God?

Everyone experiences God in different ways. In this video, Chris talks about some of those ways and encourages you to find and pursue those.

 

Transcript:

Hi. This Chris Laning from “The Awkward Path”. Now you have to forgive how I’m dressed today.

I was helping my daughter with her Girl Scout Gold Award. She was putting in plants and trees and stuff in the islands of the parking lot of the church she attends. Just kind of bringing a better aesthetic to it.

Well, I wanted to show you this. This up there. That is the steeple of this particular church.

Now I have been someone who always appreciates the architecture of churches. I find the beauty of it. Whenever I visit a new church I want to look at every nook and cranny to get an idea of the gifts and the talents from God that people put into it to express their personal walks with God.

The thing about it is we all find God on our own terms and that’s okay. For me I love again looking at the architecture of churches. I love hearing some really good music from choirs. For other people it’s nature and appreciating nature. Or hanging out with a bunch of people and just you know in community.

The cool thing is that we have so many different options of ways to worship that we just need to focus on finding the one that works for us. Focus on that first. Build your relationship from there.  And then we can work on reaching out to others in different ways. Again, there is nothing wrong with it and just find what works for you.

I encourage you to just go out there try different things and see if there are times that you feel personally more connected with God. And then pursue those opportunities. Again it could be taking long walks in nature. It could be going and looking at the different architectures. It could be listening to different hymns or contemporary music. Whatever works for you.

Build that relationship.  It will give you a starting block.  And we can keep moving from there.

This is “The Awkward Path” I’m Chris Laning.  See you next time.