Have you ever felt a sudden swoon of warmth and affection and immediately professed your love and affection to someone? You know, sometimes it’s so hard to feel the affection you’ve felt before for a spouse, child, or loved one. Sometimes affection seems so easy and close at hand. Others, it’s a distant memory you try to reinstitute through ritual or practice.
It’s easy to make a strong argument from either angle: Either God absolutely loves you with an unflinching, never-giving-up, always and forever love, OR God talks about love but really just wants you to do the right thing or He’ll punish you.
“The biggest communication problem is that we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply.”Unknown
How many times have you “patiently” waited for someone to finish speaking so you could complete your thought? Under the wrong circumstances, we treat pauses as a necessary evil to allow the other person to speak – but only so we will have earned the right to speak more.
Have you ever been to the hospital and the doctor, physician’s assistant, or nurse spoke to like you’re little more than an adorable idiot?
Ever called customer service and been asked, “Have you tried restarting your computer, sir?”
There’s always a certain kind of guy who calls me “Buddy”. He’s usually casual, intentionally easy to get along with. He’s often the magnet that draws other people in to hang out. Whether they’re drinking buddies, workout buddies, golfing buddies, fishing buddies, fantasy football buddies, work buddies, whatever.
So you don’t believe you have a destiny… Got it. Probably not the ideal article for you to read, then. It won’t hurt my feelings if you tune out. For those of you who DO or who MIGHT think you have a destiny, I’m talking to you.
I live in two different worlds: the blog world and the journal world. One is painfully public and the other painfully private. I don’t write privately for an audience in the same way, so I occasionally get to the conclusion faster.
Twenty years ago, if you were publishing content on the Internet you were blazing a trail for tens of millions to follow. Your words had the opportunity to shape lives. Not because you were smarter or wiser than everyone else. It’s because you were one of a few voices getting a LOT of attention.
It’s easy to start a blog. Anyone can do it. So easy, in fact, that I’ve started no less than 37 different blogs over the past 14 years. Yes, you read that right. THIRTY SEVEN. To give that number context, every year I rediscover at least one blog I had completely forgotten.
There are no simple answers to personal questions. “How are you?” sounds like a simple enough question. But it might as well be a grenade lobbed into your living room. I have no idea how to answer that question. How am I? I mean… I don’t know. Which things should I take into account when answering that question?