Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I am filled with hope. As I watched the inauguration ceremony yesterday morning, I felt my anger and frustration toward our country literally melt away. The sea of people united in love and enthusiasm for this new beginning took my breath away. It still takes my breath away. We hunger for peace and love and change. The people of the United Stated had enough faith and hunger in goodness to speak it all into existence. Well done.
Like the ice and bitter cold of a long drawn out winter, the troubles of war and indifference toward our planet and each other seemed as if it would never leave.
But the sun shines. It is warm and promising. And my eyes are directed away from our failures and toward this new light of change.
All I could write in my journal this morning was, "I want in. I want to get in the game." I'm not sure of what my part is in all of this change, but am ready. I don't know if my passion is just a tiny piece of the fire in all of our bellies as a nation, but I want to do my part to contribute. I think a lot of us are ready and willing to take responsibility for our part in building a more loving and peaceful world.
Thank God for his grace and for making all things new.
"Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!
For see, the winter is past,
The rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
The time of pruning the vines has come,
And the song of the dove is heard in our land."
~Song of Songs 2:11-12
Monday, January 19, 2009
There are few people out there who are completely at peace with themselves. They may like themselves in Summertime but not in Winter because of some sort of change that throws off their routine. They could be happy but guilt follows them around closer than their own shadow. They could break free from old habits but they can't envision themselves any differently. So, they stay put, closing all their windows and doors to sit in the darkness of what is familiar and 'safe', breathing in the stale air that smells of dust and mildew. This could be you. It is certainly me much of the time.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Hi, I’m new here. I gave up on my other blog about 5 months ago. I may only have written one entry, but it got awesome reviews.
So, one of the many resolutions I made for myself for 2009 is to give this another go.
With the world becoming more and more geared toward computer friendships rather than face to face meet ups for coffee and a friendly chat, I am hoping to make it easier for people to get inside my head by sharing my journey via blog. It has been my experience that the attention span of most people in social situations is shrinking fast these days. Not many stick around long enough to push through the surface conversation. Personally, I would rather skip the song and dance and cut to the chase.
You have to have ZING to keep someone’s attention. And that is why I named my blog, “My Own INCREDIBLE!!!!!! (echoooooo noises) Journey.” That’s the hook. If I could make it flash like Las Vegas, believe me I would.
I am very bad at small talk. That’s why I don’t usually participate if it lasts for too long. I can only bullshit for about 30 seconds and then I check out…especially if it’s the same bullshit over and over again. BLAAAH. BLA. BLA.
There is this one woman who liked to introduce herself to us and ask us our names every single Sunday. The conversation would go as follows, word for word:
“Hi there, I’m ------------ . Are you new here?”
“Oh. Well, welcome. What are your names?”
“I’m Erik. Nice to meet you.”
“Nice to meet you too Jamie and Aaron. I have to go. Bye!”
We’ve been attending this very small community for about 2 years! She must have finally got it because she stopped asking a couple of months ago. Good for her. Ha! Oh man…
And that is why I dislike small talk. So much of it is totally stupid.
Erik, my wonderful and thoughtful husband, even got me a ‘How to’ book to build up my small talk skills for my 26th birthday…as a joke of course. We share the same dislike for the stuff. I laughed for hours when I opened that one.
I know I probably lost most of you by now. You might be texting someone or staring at a spot on your wall, or picking your nose. I should really invest in some Las Vegas flashy flash. Or maybe somehow sneak some methylphenidate into your PB&J.
More to come! I know you just can’t wait!