So, a while back it was suggested by my lovely wife that I start a blog; a diary of sorts, to keep my Facebook rants to a minimum. I am typically a very thoughtful person who has thoughts on just about every topic under the sun. If there is more than one possible opinion on a topic, I can claim one of them. I consider this one of my strengths because it lends itself towards a lot of introspective thoughts on self improvement, although this is one of those proverbial double-edged swords. I’ve come to the sad conclusion that despite my desire for everyone to know my opinions, not everyone shares my enthusiasm on the matter.
I am many things to many people. In fact, some days I feel like my hat juggling skills are circus-grade. I am a husband to one, a son to two, a brother/in-law to a bunch, a friend to many, a boss to some and subordinate to more, and a soon-to-be foster dad to…well, I’m not sure how many. In all of these roles my prayer and intent is to always show the Hope and Love that I claim as being true. Sadly, the reality is that I will fail. I will say stupid things. I will hurt people. I will judge people. I will find myself in a perpetual cycle of apologetic self-improvement. In the midst of this sometimes hypocritical journey though I will keep my aim on not just saying that my hope is real but living it out. Hopefully whoever reads this will see the truth in my words through my actions. This whole blog can probably be summed up by the very articulate prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, which says:
Lord, make me an instrument of your will. Where there is hatred, let me sow Love; where there is injury, Pardon; where there is doubt, Faith; where there is despair, Hope; where there is darkness, Light; where there is sadness, Joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to Console, to be understood as to Understand, to be loved as to Love; for it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life
All of that being said, this blog will be a collection of my thoughts on everything from the struggles I’m working on to those I’m helping friends work through; from politics to charity; and from marriage to work. The goal is to show whoever might read this that although my journey is flawed, my hope is not.