#22 Lifeblood

I have been wanting to write more, but I do not seem to get it done by the due date (I set for myself). I was beating myself up about it the other day, and then I saw this tweet from author Anne Lamott: **I included the post from Peter Enns because he has been [...]

Energizing Tears

It has been a couple weeks since my last post. Sorry for my delay. We were lucky enough to go to the beach last week, and I have not taken the time to sit down and write since returning home. I hope that you are well as you read this. I am up late (it [...]

The Pain Train

We have experienced an ungodly amount of change in the past year: We bought a house (Woot!) We fixed that house up (it is still a work in progress) Amy started a new job last fall My family story of origin has been altered drastically A bunch of our closest friends have moved away I have [...]

Flat Shoes are for Quitters

I do not like feeling unsettled, but I also get antsy when things begin settling down. I feel caught in this tension of what has been, what is, and what could be. I am perpetually reconciling myself to what has been in my life (good and bad). While also trying to solve my future. I [...]

Pre-Existing Together

"Pre-existing condition" What does that make you feel? Not great - if I had to guess. Unless you happen to own and operate an insurance business and believe this new Healthcare plan will pass. I know almost nothing about politics. I remember tuning out in school when being taught government. I was genuinely disinterested. I [...]

The Tribal Way

I need a "Tribal Allegiance." I need to know where I come from and how it defines me. Much help is required as I try to define, "me." This is why the old Marine commercials were so powerful on me as a kid, "The few, the proud, the Marines." I wanted to be part of a [...]

The Power of Release

I used to spend a lot of time concerned with the past. I would mull around in my headspace for hours about the fool I was, the mistakes I made, the ignorance with which I conducted myself, and the arrogance I maintained. I would beat myself up about it. I would lose precious moments in the Now paying my [...]

Heart Work

Coming home from grabbing an early meal at Chic-fil-a, my wife is on the phone with her mom explaining her new summer schedule for work. I am stopping and going with traffic trying to get back to the interstate to get home in time to get to basketball practice. I check my rear view mirror, and I see a car going full speed coming up on us while we are at a dead stop.

The Choice of Calling

The finality of a "calling" scares the rational side of my brain. It makes me feel claustrophobic or something. I get this antsy feeling in my skin. This anxious weight of the rest of my life begins to plague me. What is it about the future that is so scary...

I’ll Make a Man out of You

 A prohibition on coffee... Sounds AWFUL. Did you know that there was once a push in England in 1674 to outlaw coffee? There is no substance in the world outside of coffee that I would care if it were banned. For coffee, I would jump into action. I would look like Batman showing up just [...]