Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Human Condition - Part One

I realize that every time I have an idea I want it to be hailed as pure genius. I want the people around me to be as excited as I am about whatever it is and jump at the opportunity to help me. Or when something happens or is about to happen that I'm excited about, I want others to rejoice with me and be as excited as I am.

More often than not, though, if I have an idea (that naturally I find brilliant), there are nay sayers around me being practical or saying things like "That's a nice idea." Or I get really excited about something and no one understands why, or there are people giving me reasons to calm down, and suddenly I find myself upset!

Then I realize I do the same to others. It's all a part of the human condition, I suppose. We have a tendency to dream and a tendency to dampen dreams. Naturally we need each other. We can't always go charging in, blades gleaming in the late afternoon sun, ready to slay any dragon that dare challenge us; sometimes we need to look at the castle's layout and determine the wisest route for our attack. But when I am being the one with feet firmly planted, I hope I can approach any idea with excitement, keeping the hope and joy of the person alive while they plan. And when my head's in the clouds, I hope I won't let necessary practicality dampen my hope and joy.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Oh, it's frozen all right...

So one really great thing that I have been doing lately is getting up on time! (Read within 15 minutes of my alarm going off.) The result? I have time to work out (and actually have been doing so!), I don't feel as sluggish as I used to, and I get to work EARLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What? I know! It's true!! Who am I, and what have I done with myself?

Attitude check.

I got an idea for a blog post today. The theme was my rotten day. After class I was headed back to the office, forming it in my mind until I remembered something I learned on Monday. Paul and I sat down and started reading Psalm 119 together. One thing that kept jumping out at me was the importance of giving thanks (a theme I see a lot in Scripture). Then we read this:

"Your testimonies also are my delight;
They are my counselors." (Ps. 119:24)

We can delight in the testimonies of God and be counseled by them!! No wonder we are instructed to boast of all He has done! So often we focus on the negative stories of life when we share things with one another instead of talking about the joyous events and gifts that are given to us. Even the everyday joys - I woke up this morning! I took a walk! I ate food! I forget to rejoice in them and praise God for them. It's a little easier when it's something mind-bogglingly wonderful! Somehow, though I can find something negative to mention every single day. But what can anyone learn from my sob story about forgetting to finish my Calculus homework and ... I can't even remember the other thing I was moaning about (to myself), and I think that's because I let it go and didn't tell everyone I encountered about it!!! I would much rather focus on the good, although there are always those times you simply MUST get something off your chest. But daily complaints about things as petty as that which I mentioned above ... not worth my energy.

Besides that, who wants to read about it???

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


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