Archive for May, 2010

This week has been crazy – too much caving in.  I’ve had some encouraging thoughts sent my way though. One was this song performed by Stephanie Wilson (who I still see in my mind as a 6 or 7 year old little girl…) and her friend Savana Seals. I think her parents video taped it and I grabbed the audio. I sure hope I don’t violate any laws doing that, but it’s done – so enjoy it.

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I was also sent this little quotation from my friend Gail. It’s from the book The Desire of Ages about the life of Jesus.

When brought into trial, we are not to fret and complain. We should not rebel, or worry ourselves out of the hand of Christ. We are to humble the soul before God. The ways of the Lord are obscure to him who desires to see things in a light pleasing to himself. They appear dark and joyless to our human nature. But God’s ways are ways of mercy and the end is salvation.

Let me know what you thought about the song, I’ll try to pass the word along.. What do you do when you get overwhelmed by the waves of life?

I am looking at ways to use this new method to get some information into the Captain’s Log portion of the site.  If this does work, I’ll be able to post from my phone or from any computer that can get me to Google.  The very next best thing would be to connect my brain to the Internet so I could just post fleeting thoughts as they drift by.  Now how many Gigabytes would that take up I wonder?  I would think it would be hard to read unless it was formatted like a poem instead of prose.  How about you?  Do you use punctuation when you are day dreaming?  I didn’t think so.  Enough ruminating – let’s see how this experiment turns out…
… OK, trial 1 was a failure, this is trial 2.  The post came out “Uncategorized” and that’s not going to help me get what I want.
… Well Yahoo!  Trial 2 came up just wonderfully.  Well, except for the fact that I can’t copy N’ paste so well at 5:00 in the morning.  I clipped the last ‘r’ off the title.  So I figured I’d give it the old 3rd try.  Ha!  I wonder what this is doing to do to my Twitter account, since it’s tied to this whole thing too.  Ah, well, that’s the whole point.  This is an experiment.  You would think there would be a little slack available out in the vastness of cyberspace.  Everything’s looking good.  I have the tools, I have the skills, now the only question that remains is … do I have the talent.  There’s a gift for gab, and there’s the ability to engage and enlighten.  I hope by “putting myself out there” a little more that I can accomplish what I hope to accomplish.

I am trying to get organized around here.  There needs to be places to stow things away as well as shelves to set things out for display.  Now that I have the podcast episodes coming out fairly regularly, I didn’t want to mess up the main stream with random and mundane musings.  So I set up a log; appropriately titled the Captain’s Log (would you use a semi colon there?  A comma just didn’t look right… anyway).

I’ve been looking for a place to just enter a quick note that is public enough that I feel that I’m accountable to the wide open Internet, but out of the way enough that it’s not bothering anybody.  Talk about schizophrenic goals!  I’ve tried other things: dedicated sites, third party hosting, and even software in the cloud.  None of these seemed to work.  And since Set of Sail is themed on helping a community to “journal the journey” together, why not put my journey out there as ‘Exhibit 1’?

Well that’s the idea behind this anyway.  Maybe I’m making too big of a deal about this.  Now if only I can get Posterous to recognize this setup I’ll be rockin’.

For better or worse, I’m finding myself squeezing in another episode.  Maybe I should listen to this one again myself.  I talk about the things that you have to do right in front of you to reach the destinations that you want to reach “some day.”  You can’t complete a journey without launching out.  That first step is a requirement to getting there.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Enjoy.

Here I am in my basement again for another episode.  This time I talk about the idea of trying to set out alone on a solo adventure.  How does that compare to working together with others, joining in community, banding together – give it a listen and chime in with your perspective.  Oh, by the way, I’m aware that I’m huffing and puffing … a windscreen of some sort needs to be my next acquisition.  Be forgiving and give a listen.

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I look forward to adventuring along side you.

In this episode I try to loosen up a bit and start sharing some of the obstacles I’m confronting at the moment.  Even though the things I deal with seem to circle back around and wallop me again, it doesn’t make it any easier.  But I should be more prepared, shouldn’t I?

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Let me know what you’re dealing with.  Do you have a strategy to succeed and overcome?  Or do you just let the waves of life wash over you and try to catch your breath when seas calm a bit…  I’d be interested in knowing.