Thursday Reflection: Ice Castles, Rule-Breakers, And Three-Year Olds

Ice Castle - Saranac Lake, NY.

Ice Castle – Saranac Lake, NY.

As 2013 gave way to a new year I was reminded of some important life-lessons. These were gleaned from being in close proximity to ten other people for a period of four days, ranging in age from three to sixty-one.  I share them here for your reflection.

  1. The best rules are malleable.
  2. For most of us, the virtue of patience is acquired over time.
  3. Five-year olds haven’t fully acquired the virtue of patience .
  4. Neither have three-year olds … and that’s OK.
  5. Ice castles are not easy to construct – especially when the work crew is comprised of a three-year old and 2 five-year olds.
  6. Often, the journey (on-going process) is more important than the destination (final product).
  7. It is amazing how many different things you can do with a lemon.

    Demers Ice Castle - Unfinished.

    Demers Ice Castle – Unfinished.

  8. At least 95% of life is subjective.
  9. 100% of contentment in life is dependent upon attitude.
  10. People are more important – way more important – than either rules or things.

A blessed Thursday to you – and peace in the new year.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.