Faith, Hope, and Love

Here Comes the Hiatus

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Faith, Hope, and Love, Weekly Debriefs 2018

Hi All,

Quick word, fast and loose. I’m headed to sunny southern California early tomorrow morning, and my ability to blog with any consistency and ease is uncertain at best and most likely, unlikely.

That being said, No weekly debriefs will hit this Saturday (2/3) or next (2/10), but the past few days of this week since the debrief on 1/27 have been good.

Over the weekend, I knocked out another item of my “To Experience” goals of 2018, a 1979 Science Fiction film from Russia called STALKER. Long story short: it’s a game changer, and it’s been making me reflect on the question, “what if your innermost desire was evil, and it was so buried inside you didn’t know what it even was?”. This is a fascinating and worthwhile ting to ask oneself. I’ll be talking about this film more in the weeks to come.

The Lord’s faithfulness is also incredible. Obviously, with how much life has improved, this has been a constant theme in my day-to-day, but clear and amazing blessings have been hitting recently, particularly in regard to getting help as soon as the needs arise. I’ve been pretty stunned.

Seriously, all, my life is really good these days, and it’s wonderful to be carrying that mindset into vacation!!

Will have more in about two weeks!

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Others Will Help You Survive the Pain. Do the Same

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Faith, Hope, and Love

Life is hard. Survival requires work ; thriving, even more. Perhaps the best truth one can accept is that you are going to experience more hurt, pain, and suffering than you expect. Things may go well for a season, but challenges will come. They are coming. They will be here sooner than you think. This is true for human beings. It may be an unfavorable reality, but the sooner you accept it, the better your life will be.

Of course, what’s also true is that things will be calm and peaceful again; or at least they have the capacity to. And YOU have a great deal with that outcome. But it will go far better for you if you are not alone.

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2018 Stuff. No, Literally. I am Selling Stuff.

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Faith, Hope, and Love, Writer's Diary

2017 Inventory packed and weighed…a significant undertaking.

There’s a certain satisfaction a man gets from getting work done, especially when it’s for his own business. For those unaware, in addition to my 9-5, I buy and sell collectibles, mainly via eBay, in order to provide our family with that extra little bit of cash to eat-out, give gifts, and buy the odd treat or two (or usually pay those inevitable, unexpected expenses). I’ve been doing this actively and intentionally now since 2016, and it affords us just enough cream on the top for our having some air to breath financially and still allow the wife to stay home with our son.  No doubt it’s a fair amount of work, but it’s satisfying. And some stuff I keep for my personal collection…cause, you know, it’s fun.

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Weekly Debrief 01/06/2018

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Faith, Hope, and Love

Well, it’s the end of the first week of 2018 (I know Sunday was 12/31, but whatever), and I’m actually keeping this goal. And yes, I am as shocked as you are!!! So, what’s life been like this past 7 days?

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WEEKLY DEBRIEF 12/30/2017

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Faith, Hope, and Love, Writer's Diary

So it’s been about four months since my last post. Seems silly to bother with a new one, but I can be a silly dude sometimes. Comes with the territory of being me.

As a mental health exercise in 2018, I’m going to be some weekly debriefs regarding thoughts on the prior week. I’ve been realizing that intentionality and perspective are a large part of my welfare, and it seems that I thrive better when I have my goals not only well-intentioned but well-outlined and concretely set. Wanting to write is one thing; saying I will take 20 minutes a day to write and outlining what that will be at the beginning of the week is something else entirely.

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Lots of Stuff. Also, Things.

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Faith, Hope, and Love, Writer's Diary

My inner life is reflected in my home office.

Here’s a picture to skip 1,000 words.

Bookshelves, Store Inventory, Personal Collection, and More!

Here’s a 1,000 more, to further the point.

And I was so organized once.

 

Plus another 1,000 or so to really make things stick.

Workdesk, Packing Supplies, and Displays. My 7PM -Midnight on the daily (well, the weekdaily)

 

Sorry for the requisite 3 points; I have a lot of Baptist in my upbringing.

Needless to say, my mind is cluttered—-and not with necessarily bad things, just things. You know the stuff: ideas, responsibilities, everything between, and so on. I’m trying to get organized, and I hope to blog regularly again (0r at least semi-intermittently, again).

Slowly but surely I am getting things in order. One day at a time, I’m selling what I should to keep our finances moving, then assessing what remains and why I keep it, and sometimes—-not often but sometimes—-getting to read, write, and enjoy a film or admire pieces on display.

My head is a cluttered mess, full of awesome stuff. Not a bad life to have, really. Not bad at all.

More to come, but until then: This is me.

Can you relate?

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