Here is a monthly post I am adding as of April. Near the end of each month, I'll have a post that has a variety of miscellaneous reflections about things I've been processing during the month. It is a catch-all post where I'll have hodgepodge and tidbits of ideas as well as rabbit trails to run down if you are so inclined.
In part, I am doing this because there are so many "misc." ideas and thoughts I have throughout a month that I never wind up blogging about.
By the way, this is a core leadership principle I picked up from McIntosh and Rima, which was recently reinforced as I read Shane Hipps, Flickering Pixels. Everything that is good also has a dark side latent within it. Strengths have a dark side. And if you push a useful thing too far, it becomes unhealthy. But more on this in another post.
(7) Gardening, landscaping, planting new stuff, re-arranging, mushroom soil, mulch... ah, Spring is in the air. We love gardening. Time to get the hands in the humus of life. Now cutting the grass... whacking the weeds... that is a different story.
By the way, to borrow an Old Testament concept, spring is when the Gardener Kings go off to war against the Rabbit Enemies of the Garden. I am absolutely convinced that before the fall, Rabbits were carnivores who never ate one of God's good plants and flowers! But after the fall, everything changed and rabbits became herbivores.... tragic, senseless, mysterious... oh well. (And yes Virginia, I do have my theology degrees from reputable seminaries... I just tend to go mystical eisegesis of the key texts to serve my own agenda.)
(8) Drivers. Is it just my imagination, or are more drivers becoming more aggressive and rude?
(9) When a man (sorry, but I don't know the stats for women) loses his job, within six months of unemployment, depression is becoming a reality for that man. I wonder what that bodes for this time of rising unemployment? Be aware of your friends who are unemployed and be available to keep processing this season of life with them. I talked with the coroner for York County and he said that suicides are really up for this year! Read this article.
(10) Do you subscribe to or regularly read any journals or magazines? My list varies from time to time, but right now I get Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Leadership, Sports Illustrated and my subscription to Rolling Stone has expired but will be renewed. I let my Guitar magazine subscriptions expire in this last year... I also will stop by Borders from time to time and pick up an issue of a journal that is entirely different from the stuff I normally read. It is just one more way to expose yourself to different ideas.
For example: The latest issue of Leadership focuses on the problem of addictions and how the church can be dealing with it. Now, that is not a normal theme I think about, but in about an hour's time, I can read through this issue and get a number of worthwhile ideas.
So, go out to the newstands in the near future and find a magazine or journal that looks interesting. For fun, try a different one every other week. You can look at more than 20 different journals/mags in less than a year. Go ahead, strrrreeeeettttccccchhhhhh yourself.
And that's all for this Podge of Hodge. A new month is upon us. Seize the spring, Enjoy the Days of May. Read a good book, sing a song, bless someone in the Name of Jesus, walk barefoot in the grass, love life, really Love Jesus.