The Vicious Bully

WinkyI wrote this blog entry a year ago - just about the time I was leaving one job and beginning another. Emotions were pretty raw at the time. But after a year, I think it's time to post it.

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Recently I had interaction with someone who was trying to alter facets of my job but who neglected to discuss the proposal with me. Now granted, the person was within their rights to pursue developments and changes based upon their views and discussions with others. Nevertheless, professionalism -- and just plain common courtesy -- dictates that one should necessarily consider the proposals with the one doing the lion's share of the work -- which was me.

But they did not.

 

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the modern church?

PlaneI wrote about them before on my blog.

And yes, I've probably been too snarky about them, and should probably just ignore them.

But it bothers me when a church seems to go too far to scratch people where they itch - or seem to say, "Hey, we're no different than anyone else and we're certainly not as stuffy as that old-fashioned gathering of persimmons down the road."

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forgive me

Waterfall3O my wretched ways
Hinders my communion with You
Forgive me of my evil ways
Let me be repentant and true

Keep me in Your righteousness
I sincerely need your forgiveness
For all of my lawlessness
And unholiness

I am in deep sorrow
For I have brought You sorrow
Lead me as I follow
Your path into tomorrow
Let me not go astray
Lead me in the right way
Steadfast in Your Way
Never looking away

- Marilyn Bouniu, 2017


lemon road

LemonroadIt makes me smile inside myself when I see a sign or instructions - and disbelieve what it's trying to tell me.

"Wet Paint"  Oh yeah? And my finger just has to test whether or not it really is.

"Delivery Date Will Be ##/##/####"  And I click "Track Package" when the email confirmation appears, and then keep checking it to see where the package is.

Disbelief causes stress. Being untrusting brings a level of tension in life that isn't really needed.

So what if it doesn't turn out the way it was supposed to? Why do I conclude the result is disappointing? Why can't I just accept the idea that sometimes things are as they are because they just are? Can I complain and get what I want? Sure, but is that necessary? Why am I so quick to conclude something as disappointing when it might be that the supposed disappointment might be the better way or the better thing?

Disbelief is what happens when someone or some thing proves to be wrong in their warning or instructions. But doesn't that ultimately make life more interesting?

I am expecting lemonade - but I get a lemon instead. So? What can be done about that? What makes life interesting is trying to creatively use what life gives me and see where that will take me.

That's what gives joy in the journey. Sometimes the detour takes me to the more wonderful adventure.

And I'll get to it -- just as soon as I see whether or not this really IS wet paint...