Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Meaning of a Name

Have you ever considered what your name means?  When considering what to name a child some people think “what sounds good?” while others think “who will this child be?”.  No matter what side of the spectrum you’re on we all know that our names help shape who we are.  So I thought I’d share a little bit about my name…  My name “Assad” is ( a boy’s name) and variant of Asad (Arabic: أسد) and originally comes from two sources onef rom an Arabic personal name, Asad ‘happiest’, ‘luckiest’ or ‘more fortunate’, a superlative adjective derived from saīda ‘to be lucky or happy’. The other source comes from the root word meaning "lion".  Assad is not a popular first name for men and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people. (1990 U.S. Census) and is probably a lot less common now due to the conflict in Syria.  Now I wouldn’t say a name is a self fulfilling prophecy but…It is interesting that in some ways the meaning of my name parallels some of my personal characteristics.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Relax Your Grip

This summer I worked on teaching my son how to swim.  He is six years old and though he enjoys being in the water is sometimes nervous about going under.  His response to dealing with his fear is never getting his head wet.  So I watched him as he played and observed his commitment to never letting his head go under the water.  I thought to myself “he’s missing out on so much and doesn’t even know it.”  I think there are several times in our lives where we are missing out on things in our lives because we have taken such a tight hold on every aspect of our life that we actually lose our grip.  In training people on how to hold a bat in baseball you teach them to hold the bat tight enough so it doesn’t fly out of your hands but not so tight that you’re actually clenching down on it.  Its kind of like holding a small bird in your hands, holding tight enough that it doesn’t fly away but loose enough that you don’t hut it.  If we’re not careful we will hold our lives too tightly and never really get to truly experience the power they are capable of.  Last summer my son went from being committed to not getting his hair wet to swimming because he was willing to “let go”.  Are you willing?  What are you holding tightly to?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Supernatural Preservation

A few days ago my wife was in a car with her mother and sister driving roughly 60 mph on a freeway in Orange County  They noticed a car conducting itself in a peculiar manner.  When they could make the car out they identified the vehicle was heading the wrong way on a one way freeway.  Within seconds their lives flashed before their eyes.  They were hit by an oncoming car on the freeway and my wife was thrown from one end of the car to the other.  Miraculously they left the accident unharmed.  When she called me I experienced a wide range of emotion from fear and sadness to great joy and gratitude.  Needless to say I was happy to embrace my wife after this encounter.  The thought came to my mind that something was out there protecting her.  Have you ever felt that way?  That feeling that maybe your life is more important than you think.  That you are worth saving for a greater purpose and if that’s true then thinking about what that greater purpose is.  Maybe it’s time to discover your purpose.  So many peopel live their lives without ever seeking to discover any greater meaning for life.  What if something greater is out there?  What if we can connect to something beyond ourselves?  I believe we can.  Let me know if you want to know how.