My friend Josh shared this image through Facebook. Josh is an amazing person. Funny, artistic, insightful and caring. I just wanted to add that because hopefully anyone who reads this has a Josh that inspires them to be better than they presently are.
With respect to the image, I strongly believe we should enjoy the products of our labor. We should allow ourselves, our family and our friends certain comforts. It is what we strive for. It is what we want for others. I share this image because it speaks to what we value. While we all may not be guilty to this extreme, and some may not consider guilt an appropriate word, there are times in which we could make better choices with what we exchange for our labor and time.
The greater challenge is to not become apathetic or indifferent to it. To not stop believing that changing for one is somehow diminished because we cannot change for more. It has to start somewhere.
A rough last few months had the site on life support. Neither Chris nor I had time or inspiration to move outside these thin walls. I guess it never occurred to us that a simple push or punch would relieve us from the congestion. As my friend Josh McTiernan has always told me: “Just write.” How is it that the things we “know” are the things we forget? A failed philosophy of individual exploration trips on over its own ideas. But pulls itself back up an moves onward.
The job of the pilgrim.
I would like to say we have codified our philosophy and have moved on from our humble beginnings. The sad truth is that as small as we thought our idea was it still lacked vision and a plan. So while we maneuver through our own mistakes and ignorance there is only the art of “doing”. We will write. We will photograph. We will share positive to invoke change. Beyond that the road is unknown but the effort is not lost.
There are many things being experienced and considered.
But while we wait, here are things that have happened:
* I took the GRE. Top percentile in Qualitative. 4.5 out of 6 on the essay. 19th percentile on Qualitative. How do you get into graduate school with that? Math has humbled me.
* My first mud run with my daughter. Started writing about it. I will finish it.
* 13.1 trail run in Pelham, AL with my friends Brian and Philip. Another experience worth sharing. It will come.
* My wife attended a youth counselor seminar in Atlanta. Some great theological inspiration…even for this agnostic.
* My friend Josh returns from Kazakhstan. He was in the Peace Corps. His story is quite enlightening. Another share moment.
* I have learned a lot about addiction. But I have so much more to consume.
I guess you could say the “changing” and “charity” has been a bit more introspective. While I watch others help out Haiti, the homeless and other areas I try to remind myself of those small dots and that beating the self up serves no purpose other than building the wall. The checklist is a work in action.
Chris and I appreciate all who visit this humble site. We hope inspiration can be found amidst the mess. More-so we hope you take the time to share with us what is going on in your world. Yes the internet is littered with sites much like this but maybe this will be the one that changes the one. If you don’t try you fail.