Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Introducing My Guest Blogger


I have a very special post this evening. My dear husband, Mark, has kindly asked me if he could put a post on my blog. I actually think he thinks this is "our" blog. I told him to make his own blog if he has so much to say. I think a good title would be "The world according to Mark". Anyway, here it goes (I am a little scared)!!! Introducing, my loving husband, Mark.


"Five Seconds"


When I was playing high school sports, my coaches at the end of every practice would say "Five Seconds." It was a time for us (the students & players) to focus on our goals and reflect on ourselves as "Men for Others." I went to an all-boy Jesuit high school.


I have carried the "Five Seconds" to today. Every now and then I give myself "Five Seconds" to reflect on how I am as a father, husband, athlete, nurse, and person. I also use the "Five Seconds" as a time to think about and pray for others.


With everything going on in today's hectic world we have much to worry about (family, money, work, etc.). But when you think about your problems, there is always at least one other person that has it worse than you. Give "Five Seconds" to say a prayer or give positive thoughts to those that are having bigger problems than you. Give "Five Seconds" and thank God for all that he has given you.


After William & Thomas were born I did alot of "Five Seconds." There was a baby in the NICU about 20 feet from my boys who went to Heaven. I spent all the time thinking about my wife and boys and forgot there were other families in the same or much worse predicament than Karen and myself. I spent "Five Seconds" on that family that lost their child.


You would be surprised on what "Five Seconds" can do.


This post is dedicated to newborn baby Lindsey and her family. God Bless!

13 comments:

Karen said...

I had no idea what he was going to say. For those who wanted to know, this is why i love him!

dlong said...

What a great post, thanks for a wonderful reminder of how important it is to stop and reflect how blessed we really are.

Christa said...

Wow I don't know what to say except thank you so much for that blog it means the world to me! You've been a great friend, thank you for not just listening to me but truely hearing what I had to say! Now you made me cry! My family will truely appreciate all your thoughts and prayers and the beautiful dedication!

Christa said...

Karen, thank you for the info and taking the time to post it for me!

angie said...

What a wonderful guest post, Mark. Thank you for the "Five Seconds" idea.

girlytwins said...

I think your 5 seconds idea is wonderful. I hope to try and adapt it into our life schedule. Thanks for sharing him Karen :)

Connie said...

I loved that!! I like the 5 seconds idea, and the chance to know your hubby a bit...

Tracy said...

Always interesting how things we learned so long ago have b/c a part of what we do - what a great 'thing' too. Thanks for sharing - I think you should be a guest blogger more often.

Lindseys Grandma said...

Thank you for thinking our my grand daughter. People like you help families get through these rough times.Kind words are the healer. Again Thank You

jill said...

Thanks for being a good friend to Christa, and for thinking about Lindsey. You are a very kind person. Lindsey great aunt Jill

carrie and dustin said...

how nice of you to have such generous words to a baby you don't even know. My sister is lucky to know someone so kind, and the world is even luckier to have people like you in it. Thank you so much. Linsey's aunt. oh and yes you also brought tears to my eyes.

Laura said...

Thanks for sharing! I really was inspired by this post and this concept. You got a great guy their Karen.

Jocasta said...

Great post - love the 5 second idea!