Thanks Fellow Bloggers, Followers and Other Peeps! #blogging #blogs

Thanks to all who take their time to visit my blog and to check out the many musings that I find silly, sacred and serious. Your interest is humbling and appreciated. Your friendship in blogging is what the world needs more of. Keep on blogging!

Making The Call, Answering The Call

Today is going to be a busy day for me. The blood bank where I work has a significant shortage in available units in its inventory. As a person who calls donors to recruit them to donate I along with my teammates will be called upon to help stock the shelves so to speak. Going into the Labor Day weekend this call for donors is even more important. Making the call for help is going to be very important today. I am hoping for the best.

Whenever someone makes the call for help its good to answer. Right now our communities needs it in a very big way. You have in in you to do great things pick up the call.

Wednesday Wisdom: Resolving An Issue

Resolving conflicts means taking your issues to those who are causing the problem. Sometimes it requires others to get involved to mediate and help facilitate reconciliation. So much of what we see is airing of grievances in the public spaces that it causes a bigger problem than there should be. Resolving issues requires listening, communication, patience. Sometimes it means a separation or an agreement to disagree but that should only come as a last resort. Hopefully all things are done from a place of respect and dignity. What the world needs now is people coming together when possible.

The Negative Web

Negativity permeates the web in a lot of places. A fellow blogger asked how their followers deal with it. I said I try to inject some positivity wherever I can. Kindness can go a long way. However its ok to be realistic and avoid fake positivity. Faking it isn’t good for anyone. Genuine feelings should be the rule rather than the exception. I have learned this the hard way over the years. Being kind is good, being kind to yourself is necessary, being realistic well that is helpful to everyone. Learn how to not get caught up in the negative Web. You might not get out of its trap.

Sunday Reflection: New Information #sundayreflection #sunday

It would be safe to say the world is complicated. Much like relationships you see on Facebook or Twitter. We don’t like complicated things much these days. Simplicity is much preferred.

To transition from the complicated to the simplified requires information. I will be the first to say that information can change things. I tend to be more black or white instead of shades of gray. We find new facts in those shades of gray. Life is fluid. We should be too. Our collective table can be expanded when we look at others from a new perspective.

The best people learn new things so that they can do new things and relate to others in a whole new way. The keyword here is new. We have old ways of assuming things but something comes along that makes sense and helps us grow. Being open to new things can make the world a better place for everyone.

Teachable moments are all around us if we are paying attention. Are you always right, I know I am not. Learning and growing means the world can change for the better.

Grace and peace to you all this upcoming week.

Sunday Reflection: Storytelling #sundaythoughts

One could say life is a story. Everything we do in life is recalled from memory to be told later on. Whether it comes from a book, music, movie, or in a campfire there is a tale worth telling.

Some of the great story tellers such as Shakespeare, Austen, Lewis, Twain, Haley, Swift, Paisley, Cash, Spielberg, Howard and Young and many more have captured our imagination and challenged us to think differently. We have learned much from their art and vision.

Family stories can be the most colorful and something that ties the past with the present and the future.

In scripture, the feeding of the five thousand is one where there are lots of characters to choose from. Jesus was doing some cool things to bring community together and performing a miracle in the process. Talking about a big fish story.

Blogging and social media are telling our stories in real time. We get to share our experiences in this life with one another as it happens. As a long-time blogger its quite fun to see how other people live and where they are coming from. Its like travelling without having to leave your home.

Movies are a way to share a story in a communal way where people can see different things from the same source. Videos from YouTube are an important part of giving voice to people and to offer instructions on how to navigate life.

Stories are important. We all have one. Let’s be sure to insure the transmission of our lives and culture into tomorrow. There is much to be learned from it all. Tell us the story good people.

My church family telling stories on Zoom this morning after our morning prayers service.