Saturday Wisdom – Old School Mindset

I know a lot of men who are what you would call “old school” guys who embrace the culture and understanding of how they were raised. To be honest I have a little of that, but I never want to be so “old school” so that I cannot understand what it means to live in the here and now.

It is important to evolve and grow as one gets older. Relating to my friends in their 20’s is as important to me as relating to my peers. Some folks struggle with being relevant and I do to a point. Still don’t fully grasp Tik Tok, Snapchat and some of the lingo of the kids going around today although I will look stuff up to see what’s what.

Being “old school” in some things is good. Manners, how you treat others, respect, kindness, love, and some grace should be timeless. Those are things I will not abandon for something else that doesn’t make people feel appreciated.

Doing things to keep you feeling young in spirit is good. In my mind eating a meal with people of all ages would be fun. There is much to learn from one another. A lot of 20-somethings are out there with very old souls and some 50-somethings who never grew up. Maturity and aging are two different things.

Personally, I am a 51-year-old who frequently acts like a 15-year-old. It’s the nerd/geek in me that won’t let me be an old guy. And for that I am grateful.

Rock on good people.

Writing The Story Of 2020

Whoever in the hell is writing this episode of life called 2020 has done their job. They can put down their pen or step away from their keyboard. What we have seen in these months can only come from someone like Stephen King. Think about all that is happened, and it seems like a fever dream.

From COVID to the presidential elections to our own personal situations it’s been a tough year for us all.

Each day that passes is a new page, each month is a new chapter. What is being written is scary. Every morning you arise you wonder what chaos will meet you. So far 2020 isn’t a rom com.

As a blogger, I get to chronicle all the weird stuff that has happened. I am hoping for more positive things for the future. Part of that writing is a history of what we have all been through. Some of it is unbelievable.

I am not certain 2021 will be much better. I hope that won’t be a sequel but a whole new story with fresh ideas and new directions.

Sunday Reflection: Compassion Is Powerful

Compassion is powerful. It is the act of feeling concern and pity for the misfortunes of others. It is so needed in a world where people are impacted by the Coronavirus, wildfires in the west, hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and regular situations of poverty, hunger, depression, and the like. Sometimes it means forgiving huge debts that would be impossible to repay like those who have a tough time making rent, paying medical bills, and the like.

Compassion is powerful in that it can take the pressure off people who are at their breaking point. Desperate people who through no fault of their own cannot seem to get ahead. Sometimes the system just doesn’t work for them. It means being fair and just which can mean the difference in the lives of those who need it most. The important thing to know is that you could be the person in peril, facing a mountain you cannot climb and one paycheck away from losing it all. We are all in that boat whether we like to admit it or not.

Compassion is powerful in that it works both ways. Everyone is worthy of it. Now that is not to say that one should compassion be a way for someone to take advantage of you, but it can be a way that shows a better way of living.

Compassion is powerful in that you can find your way of doing that for others. Now is not the time to be focused on ourselves but to make the world a better place by giving our friends and neighbors a much-needed break. Harness that power you must give breath and life to those in need.

Welcome September 2020

Welcome to September 2020. Let’s see what this month has for all of us. Soon the season of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere will be here and I can say I am ready for much cooler and less humid weather.

Have a great first day of the month good people.

Sunday Reflection: Giving Yourself A Break – Love Generously

Everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect. I am usually harder on myself than others. Giving yourself space to be imperfect and human is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. Personally I have learned this the hard way. A lifetime of being a people pleaser and making errors along the way has made me take a step back and to realize I can’t please everyone and hope that they will forgive me and more importantly I won’t lose sleep over it all. It is important to show grace to everyone.

Another thought for this Sunday is to let love be real. Love one another. Be vigorous in serving ones higher power. Celebrate hope and give hospitality to strangers. That doesn’t mean always inviting them into your house but extending care to those who are in need. There are many things we can do to do good things and to kick bad stuff to the curb. Avoid revenge. People who do you wrong will have to face the music someday. Treat your enemies as you would wish to be treated and maybe they won’t be enemies much longer.

May you all find peace this week. I am hoping for the best for all of us. Grace, peace and love you crazy people.

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.