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I am Ready to Post Now.

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I don’t know who you are. Or when you are reading this. But here you are, so here it goes: If things are going well for you right now, breathe deeply and savor the good. The bad is coming. It always does this side of eternity, and it will again. That’s the ebb and flow of the mortal coil—good and bad, in fits and starts, in either direction and back again. And that’s okay. Just because the reprieve is not “happily ever after” does not mean the hard times will break you. On the contrary, if you have your...

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2018 is finished. 2019 has begun.

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Well, here’s the deal. The last two weeks in January held more mental and emotional challenges than I had expected. And spiritual ones. Social ones, also. Plus the professional and financial ones. 2018 was a rough year. 2019 is continuing the trend.  And it’s only February. That being said, I did not do the stoic, deep dive into 2018 that I desired, but this does not mean I did not think on it. 2018 was a difficult year. I can’t really get around that. I would like to. I would like to be able to say I made all these wonderful strides,...

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The First Post of 2019 : I’m Not Ready to Post in 2019.

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Well, we’re into the double digits of the year’s first month, and I am just now posting. Further, I am posting fast and loose, just to keep things timely (or at last somewhat timely). I take full responsibility for the delay: I chalk it up to a combination of post-vacation challenges including jet lag and the missing-family-blues. On top of that, we had some bad beats this week. A car repair that was literally the value of the vehicle was coupled with a tough workweek to make for unproductive evenings used just to recharge and...

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Weekly Reflection: 12/15/2018

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Well, seems like just yesterday I was commenting on the speed of 2018’s passing…and here we are, with our last reflection of the year. Frankly, the timing could not be more poignant. I’ll explain.   The Week in Brief “Mind Your Desires”  This week I had a revelation: My deepest desire has been misaligned; therefore, my satisfaction, contentment, and overall peace and joy was at a deficit, by default, regardless of what I did or what I achieved. All year, I have been aiming most for things that were “good” but not...

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Weekly Reflection: 12/8/2018

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Weekly Reflection: 12/8/2018

The Christmas season has been hard this year. If you’ve been following the blog, you know I have had plenty to juggle. And I am fairly protective about specifics here, so you can assume there’s plenty beneath the surface also. So, that being said, I had a bit of a breakthrough during therapy on Tuesday, and it’s driven my attitude during the week. Let’s get to it.   The Week in Brief “RESOLVE + HOPE = ZEAL”  I enjoy therapy. Most of the time, my therapist simply allows me to speak all the noise happening in my head...

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Weekly Reflection: 12/1/2018

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Dream. Consider. Refine. Repeat. I am getting ahead of myself. I’ll revisit the above in my debrief. But first: We have entered December 2018. Remember those other times (here, here, and here, at least) I wrote about how fast the year has felt. Well, it’s going to be finished in no time. Almost seems unjust how fast time passes as an adult. I have so much I want to do, but time may not allow, but then again, I can always hope. That about sums up the week.   The Week in Brief “WAGE WAR on Despair. FIGHT for your hope. ”  You will...

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Weekly Reflection: 11/24/2018

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This week’s reflection is brought to you by the Thanksgiving-to-Christmas Holiday Corridor in the United States, an annual cultural tradition toward which we look all year, only to be exhausted and frustrated once it arrive. ‘Merica, y’all ; giddy up. On that note, here’s a reflection on the week!   The Week in Brief “Life Gets Busier Than You Planned. Embrace the Good. ”  In less than a month, my wife, son, and I leave for vacation in Europe with her family. The game plan has been in place for 10 months, and we...

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Weekly Reflection : 11/17/2018

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Another Reflection actually getting posted on a Saturday. It’s been over a month since I committed to get these done on Saturdays, and I think I may actually make it happen each week until the hiatus in December! For all the things going amiss in life at present, it’s nice to be hitting one target. Which brings us to the main thought of this week: The Week in Brief “Living in Sin.”  Some define “sin” as “missing the mark”. The accepted Etymology supports this. I thought a fair amount about this definition...

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Weekly Reflection: 11/10/2018

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Weekly Reflection: 11/10/2018

This week’s reflection is essentially about endurance, about living, surviving, and thriving if and where you can. This feel’s like an appropriate attitude as we head toward the busiest time of year. The so-called “holiday rush” of culture here in the United States is a tragic one. In a season of Thanks, Peace, and Goodwill toward men, we find ourselves wanting more, frantically rushing, and becoming less patient. It’s the way our culture operates from now until the first week of the next year. For that reason...

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Weekly Reflection: 11/03/2018

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  Well, we’re now in November. November 2018. It’s unbelievable. Where did this year go? It was swallowed in days so busy that I almost feel I missed it. That has a great deal to do with how I am feeling this week. That, and the fact I was up until 2 AM doing work for eBay. Despite the exhaustion, my goal remains: get these updates posted each Saturday. I did it last week, and the week before it.  1). The Week in Brief “DAILY BREAD.” Brass tacks: This past week I’ve simply been exhausted. This holiday season will be the most...

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