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Summary: The Indian totem pole told a story. The higher on the pole the more important the lesson. Hurt people hurt people. Angry people anger people. We must have compassion and make a difference.

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THE TOTEM POLE OF EMOTIONS and ATTITUDES

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com Some fodder from Dr. Gary Brackett

TOTEM POLE:

a tall wooden pole that is carved and painted with symbols, figures, mask that represent family linage position or level.

The order of rank of importance? The lowest rank or less importance is placed at the bottom, each carving above is ranked more important...

Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

OFTEN OUR WORK WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE TOOLS WE USE.

SEEMS MANY WANT TO DO THE MINIMUM AND EXPECT THE MAXIMUM POTENTIAL.

The more work you do

TOTEM POLE: order of rank. The lowest rank or importance is placed at the bottom, each carving above is ranked more important...

a tall wooden pole that is carved and painted with symbols, figures, mask that represent family linage position or level.

Proverbs 27:17 (KJV) Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

LET US CONSIDER WHY PEOPLE GET STUCK AT THE BOTTOM OF THEIR TOOTEM POLES?

WE SEEM TO HAVE A LOST ART OF LISTENING UNDERSTANDING AND LISTENING...

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

James 1:19 (MSG) Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.

HEAR ME? WE LIVE IN A DAY OF FROZEN COMMUNICATION LINES...

MANY SPEAK, FEW LISTEN...

What do you hear? When I taught school I would often include lesson about LISTENING SKILLS!

I would hand out a very difficult written test. I told the students several times: READ THE DIRECTIONS ON THE TEST and follow the directions.

I had someone hand out the test. Then I told the students one more time. Follow the directions. You may now begin. Almost immediately the complaining started? This is hard? We never studied much of this material? The test was hard.

The written directions on the test said: Do not say anything. Fold this paper in half, write your name on the outside and wait until everyone completes the test and you will receive 100%, A +.

The directions stated: IF YOU ANSWER ONE QUESTION YOU FAIL: F.

You would not believe all the raised hands about how hard this test was, complain, complain.

One, as each student brought the test to the desk I placed F on the paper...

THE DIRECTIONS WERE CLEARLY WRITTEN: ANSWER NO QUESTIONS. FOLD THE PAPER AND WRITE YOUR NAME ON IT.

GOOD LIFE IS ABOUT COMMUNICATION AND LISTENING...

Someone said: I AM AFRAID TO LISTEN? I might not like what I hear.

Me thinks the most dangerous relationship is where people refuse to understand and refuse to LISTEN and follow directions.

TO REALLY LISTEN AND COMMUNICATE REQUIRES MUCH MORE THAN HEARING FACTS... THERE IS BODY LANGUAGE, VOLUME, EMOTIONS. Did you know eyes can talk?

Life much more than just facts! GOOD COMMUNICATION INVOLVES THE HEART.


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