Dr. Jimmie Flores

Anger is a Choice

Recently, I participated in a parish-sponsored session where the speaker made a comment that resonated with me.

He said, “Anger is a choice.”

I immediately wrote it down and thought to myself that I now had a new way to handle a situation where anger might be an option. I figured this lesson had now prepared me for all situations related to losing my cool.

I was wrong.

Free from Fear

This past Saturday, I attended the Holy Spirit That Man Is You (TMIY) meeting bright and early at 6:15 a.m. It is easy to see the Holy Spirit working as 48 men attended the 90-minute session.

The video presentation caught my attention when the speaker said, “You know … Mother Teresa is a clear example of how pure love can drive out fear.”

There is a powerful message here, and it’s not that tough to grasp. Most of us know we will reach greater heights and happiness by sharing love and not hatred. 

Change It or Repeat It

My wife and I are leading a LOVESTRONG Marriage retreat at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church here in San Antonio. Our Spiritual Mentor, Ms. Tina Guerra, recently made a comment that resonated with me.

When discussing a topic related to problematic actions and behaviors in a marriage, she said … “We have the option to change them or repeat them.”

Honesty Can Backfire

On a recent business trip, I connected through Houston Bush. The flight from San Antonio departed 90 minutes late, so I would have only 15 minutes to make it to Terminal B, which is a long way from A.

Upon making it to the gate, I waited patiently for the seatbelt sign to turn off, and then I bolted out of my seat. In just a few minutes, I was sprinting to my gate. I was told it would take 15 minutes, but I was there in 10, which meant I was technically on time.

The gate agents were not going for it. “No sir. We close the gates 10 minutes before the flight.” I’ve flown enough to know that gates are not always closed 10 minutes before all flights, but there was no time for a discussion. I needed to rebook.

Entitled to Choices

Now that our daughter Helena is on the dance team at Antonian Prep High School, I am doing more driving. For me, this means I need to download more audiobooks so I can stay entertained along the way.

I just completed a book based on the true story of a young lady who suffered abuse for many years. Her story resonated with me because despite having nearly everything against her, she is still holding herself accountable for the future.

Kindness is an Underrated Superpower

I was recently watching a program on TV, and I heard someone make the following statement:

You know … there is no doubt in my mind that kindness is the most underrated superpower.”

In the dictionary, kindness is defined in this way …

It is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.”

Unresolved Baggage

While listening to a book on Audible recently, the author used a phrase when describing a situation faced by one of the characters.

He stated, “Mark’s life has been hell for far too long, and the big issue is that he has yet to deal with his unresolved baggage.”

Your Title is Not Your Personality

A few days ago, I jumped on our Peloton bike here at home and fired-up a 30-minute cycling and arms workout by Cody, one of the popular trainers. This session was intense but well worth it!

During these workouts, the trainers carry a conversation with the participants. I have yet to figure out how they are able to do this given that I’m out-of-breath throughout most of the training session.

Hard Work is Not a Prison Sentence

Our son Aaron recently completed a summer internship with the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), where he had the opportunity to learn about the risk issues faced by this organization, which serves the Bexar County area.

This was Aaron’s first employment opportunity, and the challenging first week prompted him to comment the following:

Life is Not a Test

Fr. Mark Dreves was recently assigned as our new pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. We are fortunate he brings significant pastoral leadership skills to help us right the ship in the aftermath of Covid.

While serving as an usher during the Sunday 10 a.m. mass, I paused to listen to his homily, and these words resonated with me …

“He sent His Son to save us.

He sent His Son to lead us to right living.

He sent His Son to bring us to heaven.

Life is not a test.

God is not testing us.”

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