The Thing About: Stories

We all have a story to tell. Our lives are happening in real time and that is a tale indeed worth sharing. I am thinking about those who’s lives have been impacted by life-changing events as of late. People have altered their existence because of the pandemic where their routines and usual things have been changed.

Some have lost their lives in one way or another. Their story must be told and their memory must live on. It’s the way to keep those people alive.

Our witness to the events of the day is what will be written in history books. Our story is taking place among the larger events of our time. Our reaction to those events is also a part of that narrative.

Just think about those who have witnessed the biggest events in history. All we have is their account of what happened. As a believer I have a faith story which is happening at the same time as my life story and my life is happening at the same time as others around me. It’s interesting how when you change your focus you can see all the stuff going on around you and how we react is a story in and of itself.

Technology has given us amazing ways to tell our stories. From blogging, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Tik Tok and of course self-publishing books and the like we have the opportunity to chronicle our lives and share what we hope will be something that will inspire and influence others.

My friends, tell your story. Show the world who you are, where you have been and where you hope to go.

The Thing About: The Virus

Allow me to be serious for a minute or a little more. Over 90,000 people in this country and 317,000 around the world have died from COVID-19. Now is not the time to have strange conspiracy theories or to play the blame game. Energy would best be used in finding a cure for this deadly virus.

This pandemic has already changed the course of history forever and we have to remain focused on preventing people from getting the virus and caring for those who are sick with it. Deaths along with job losses have impacted people more than anything else in recent memory.

Spreading false information is going to get people more people killed. It would be awful to see another spike in cases and deaths. People have to behave, do their parts, and be true neighbors so that everyone will be safe.

Rumor has it that it’s the twenty-first century, let us act like it.

The Thing About: Being Serious

When I am trying to be serious I am put off by people who don’t take me seriously and choose to chuckle. Sure I have a silly side but in this stage of my life I am a serious person because of the days we live in. It’s not what I have to say is anything more important than the next person but I want to get my point across and to be heard. Everyone wants to be heard, its important to have your say. You never know when it might do something important for someone else.

The Thing About Sticking To It

In what I do for a living I like to get a quick start so that filling my quota the rest of the day is a little easier. When that happens its great but you can’t always rely upon it to happen. No matter what you do sticking to it is the best thing you can do. Even if you reach your goal for the day keep on going and give a little extra. You never know when that added production can help your cause down the road. Remember to work smarter and when necessary work harder. You got this.

The Thing About Doing Stuff

Doing stuff in your home is necessary to keep chaos at bay. Saturdays are good for that sort of thing assuming it really is Saturday in this land of Coronavirus. Doing chores isn’t always fun but its always necessary.

My grandmother was one of those women who kept a tidy house and that is something I cannot seem to achieve myself. I can do better but I do what I can. Yes, doing stuff even around your dwelling can be drudgery but you know if you can get a few things done as you go along its not quite bad.

You do have a sense of accomplishment and face it you have to step away from the computer every now and then to help you keep your sanity.

The Thing About Recent Chaos

This is going to be one of those posts that is more of a reflection and recollection of very recent history.

A lot has happened in the first few months of 2020. Coronavirus has been with us for awhile. Last Sunday was Easter and tornadoes hit my city of Chattanooga, Tennessee with a natural fury. Weeks earlier it hit the cities of Nashville and Cookeville, Tennessee. It seems that would be plenty of stuff for a year let alone just four months or so.

There has been a lot of death and destruction this year. What is happening before our eyes is troubling and sad. In the midst of keeping people safe people are getting restless. People who lost everything are trying to figure out what to do next. For everyone this has been a time of taking in a lot of chaos and not having a lot of control over the circumstances.

The only thing about defeating chaos is to come together in community. Cooperating and collaborating. Being less individualistic and being more of a team player. Whether it be sheltering at home or cleaning up the remains from a storm its about being defiant in your love for those who share this life and space with you.

Now is a time to realize that chaos is always with us but we have a choice to react to it and meet it head on. There is not a easy solution and it will take time to make it through. No matter what you have to answer the call and see what your response to it will be.

The Thing About Repetition

I have been blogging so long I sometimes forget that I have written about a subject more than once here. I guess repetition is not a bad thing or is it? New information and inspiration can create a new line of discussion and that is growth. So, in a nutshell repetition is a good thing.

The Thing About: Patience

In this time of uncertainty, patience is a divine virtue. Have patience with yourself, with one another, with the circumstances we are in. Everyone is going through something and we all wish things were back to “normal”. It is my thought that we aren’t going back to “normal” but something else that will require us to have patience and a whole lot of grace for one another.

Who knows what things will look like on the other side. It will require patience and hopefully freedom from anxiety.

My friends, now is the time to be still, take care of self, have a little faith in something that will get you through. Remember to love one another and yourselves in this very difficult time.