This Resonates …

I don’t know why this resonates with me so much, but it just does. On many levels.

Caution, NSFW.


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The Pope is Dope

I posted a shorter version of this as a brief rant on Facebook but after I was done I realized that I just wasn’t done. So here’s an expanded version.

t can’t believe I”m saying this, but every time I read something else this Pope has said, I agree with him more and more. Especially this:

“In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”

The idealogical, fundamentalist “christians” suffer from an illness. They believe in the ideology and not the teachings (if they even actually know them). They don’t care for the sick, or the poor, or those less fortunate. They turn their backs on them, call them “takers” or “moochers” or “lazy.” Accuse them of needing “handouts” and all sorts of other less-than-charitable things. They blame the victim. And then they stand in church on Sunday and call themselves christians. Standing in church doesn’t make you a christian any more than standing in the garage makes you a car.

All the while many of these same people are professing their “faith” by way of bumper stickers, vanity license plates, and worst of all, those insipid Facebook memes.

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They are everywhere. Professing their “faith” at every turn. Asking God to help them find their car keys, and doing so as publicly as possible. It reminds me of Mathew 6:5-7 (especially all the Facebook postings about God and prayer, etc.):

5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. 7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.…”

The more public you make your “faith” the more I wonder whom you are trying to convince of your goodness and faithfulness. I’ve always thought it hypocritical, and it turns out it actually is, according to the bible. I think more christians need to actually READ the bible. And try to understand it’s teachings, not simply use it to beat others over the head. Doing the right thing, truly caring for others — especially those that can do nothing for you, and those that may never thank you or even know you helped them — is what it’s all about. Not having a fish on the back of your car, or professing your “love of jesus” in one breath and denouncing the poor and the needy with the next (or with your vote). If you are not freely giving of what you have to those in need, and not just those that you deem ‘worthy’ or ‘deserving’, you’re probably doing it wrong. If you are trying to convince others that your way is better than their way, that your god is better than their god, you’re doing it wrong. Try attraction rather than promotion. Live your life in such a way that others want to emulate you, to do the same sorts of good works that you do. That they see the happiness and serenity and fullness of your life and want to have the same in theirs. 

This Pope sheds his papal robes and goes out into the streets of Rome to sit with the poor, the homeless, the hungry. He gives of himself to them. This Pope gets it. And more importantly he’s calling everyone out on it. I hope he makes a lot of people uncomfortable. “I am here to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”


The Spammiest Spam

I have no idea how this gets past a spam filter, but it is a really incredible spam email.

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All followed by a “link” to match.com. And no, I didn’t click the link. I was a) too intrigued by this incredible display of spammery and b) not stupid. 


On Loving, and Being Loving

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This was posted on Facebook last week, by someone I don’t know, have never met, and likely will never know. But it is something I could have written. Something I should have known. Something I do know now, and something I took to heart even before I read it.

I spent a year after my divorce looking back on not just my failures in the marriage, but my failures in all my relationships and looking ahead to how I could do things differently next time — not in my next marriage exactly, but in my next relationship, and in my life. And I came to many of these same conclusions. In short, it’s about honesty. It’s about integrity. And it’s about a commitment to love. It’s also about understanding what love is. It’s not all fairy tale and oxytocin. It’s about working on yourself, and on your relationship every day. About always remembering to love and cherish the other person, no matter what. It’s about trusting the other person, and making damned sure that you are a fully trustworthy person. Trust is not given, it is earned. And it must be earned every day, with every action. It is about feeling safe with another person, and making sure that person feels safe with you. Always. No. Matter. What.

Honesty is not just saying everything that is on your mind all the time. It is about sharing what matters most, no matter what. As the writer says below, especially those things you don’t want to share. But here’s a rule I was given that I try to live by: If you can’t say something out of love, you can’t say it. You can’t say it out of anger, or resentment, or hurt. You must say it out of love.

Integrity is making sure that your thoughts, your words and your actions are in alignment. This is tougher than it sounds. It means you can’t think one thing and do another. It means that the things you do must reflect the things you think and feel. You can’t say you love someone and then act in a way that is inconsistent with that. And here’s the kicker. For real integrity, your thoughts, your words, and your actions should always be in alignment with everyone. Not just the person you are “in love with.” It’s not just about how you treat your love, it’s also about how you treat those around her, and those who aren’t. You can’t treat your server in the restaurant badly, and treat your love well, and ever hope to be truly authentic.

And finally there is the last lesson I learned. It was the toughest, but it was only after I learned this last piece, and truly began to practice it in my daily life, that the doors swung wide. Treat everyone you meet as if they are the one person that will change your life forever. That person that you cut off in traffic could very well be the person that offers you a job next week. That cashier at the grocery store could also be the ER nurse that will save your life tomorrow. That waitress could be the woman you entrust your child to all day. That person in front of you in line, fumbling for his wallet, taking too long to check out and get out of your way could be the love of your life. But they can’t be any of those things if you don’t let them. The funny thing is, once you start treating everyone this way, seeing everyone this way, that person in front of you is no longer in your way. They are no longer a nuisance. And that most certainly will change your life.

Enough from me … read on. 

Obviously, I’m not a relationship expert. But there’s something about my divorce being finalized this week that gives me perspective of things I wish I would have done different… After losing a woman that I loved, and a marriage of almost 37 years, here’s the advice I wish I would have had

1) Never stop courting. Never stop dating. NEVER EVER take that woman for granted. When you asked her to marry you, you promised to be that man that would OWN HER HEART and to fiercely protect it. This is the most important and sacred treasure you will ever be entrusted with. SHE CHOSE YOU. Never forget that, and NEVER GET LAZY in your love.

2) PROTECT YOUR OWN HEART. Just as you committed to being the protector of her heart, you must guard your own with the same vigilance. Love yourself fully, love the world openly, but there is a special place in your heart where no one must enter except for your wife. Keep that space always ready to receive her and invite her in, and refuse to let anyone or anything else enter there.

3) FALL IN LOVE OVER and OVER and OVER again. You will constantly change. You’re not the same people you were when you got married, and in five years you will not be the same person you are today. Change will come, and in that you have to re-choose each other everyday. SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO STAY WITH YOU, and if you don’t take care of her heart, she may give that heart to someone else or seal you out completely, and you may never be able to get it back. Always fight to win her love just as you did when you were courting her.

4) ALWAYS SEE THE BEST in her. Focus only on what you love. What you focus on will expand. If you focus on what bugs you, all you will see is reasons to be bugged. If you focus on what you love, you can’t help but be consumed by love. Focus to the point where you can no longer see anything but love, and you know without a doubt that you are the luckiest man on earth to be have this woman as your wife.

5) IT’S NOT YOUR JOB TO CHANGE OR FIX HER… your job is to love her as she is with no expectation of her ever changing. And if she changes, love what she becomes, whether it’s what you wanted or not.

6) TAKE FULL ACCOUNTABILITY for your own emotions: It’s not your wife’s job to make you happy, and she CAN’T make you sad. You are responsible for finding your own happiness, and through that your joy will spill over into your relationship and your love.

7) NEVER BLAME your wife If YOU get frustrated or angry at her, it is only because it is triggering something inside of YOU. They are YOUR emotions, and your responsibility. When you feel those feelings take time to get present and to look within and understand what it is inside of YOU that is asking to be healed. You were attracted to this woman because she was the person best suited to trigger all of your childhood wounds in the most painful way so that you could heal them… when you heal yourself, you will no longer be triggered by her, and you will wonder why you ever were.

Allow your woman to JUST BE. When she’s sad or upset, it’s not your job to fix it, it’s your job to HOLD HER and let her know it’s ok. Let her know that you hear her, and that she’s important and that you are that pillar on which she can always lean. The feminine spirit is about change and emotion and like a storm her emotions will roll in and out, and as you remain strong and unjudging she will trust you and open her soul to you… DON’T RUN-AWAY WHEN SHE’S UPSET. Stand present and strong and let her know you aren’t going anywhere. Listen to what she is really saying behind the words and emotion.

9) BE SILLY… don’t take yourself so damn seriously. Laugh. And make her laugh. Laughter makes everything else easier.

10) FILL HER SOUL EVERYDAY… learn her love languages and the specific ways that she feels important and validated and CHERISHED. Ask her to create a list of 10 THINGS that make her feel loved and memorize those things and make it a priority everyday to make her feel like a queen.

11) BE PRESENT. Give her not only your time, but your focus, your attention and your soul. Do whatever it takes to clear your head so that when you are with her you are fully WITH HER. Treat her as you would your most valuable client. She is.

12) BE WILLING TO TAKE HER SEXUALLY, to carry her away in the power of your masculine presence, to consume her and devour her with your strength, and to penetrate her to the deepest levels of her soul. Let her melt into her feminine softness as she knows she can trust you fully.

13) DON’T BE AN IDIOT…. And don’t be afraid of being one either. You will make mistakes and so will she. Try not to make too big of mistakes, and learn from the ones you do make. You’re not supposed to be perfect, just try to not be too stupid.

14) GIVE HER SPACE… The woman is so good at giving and giving, and sometimes she will need to be reminded to take time to nurture herself. Sometimes she will need to fly from your branches to go and find what feeds her soul, and if you give her that space she will come back with new songs to sing…. (okay, getting a little too poetic here, but you get the point. Tell her to take time for herself, ESPECIALLY after you have kids. She needs that space to renew and get re-centered, and to find herself after she gets lost in serving you, the kids and the world.)

15) BE VULNERABLE… you don’t have to have it all together. Be willing to share your fears and feelings, and quick to acknowledge your mistakes.

16) BE FULLY TRANSPARENT. If you want to have trust you must be willing to share EVERYTHING… Especially those things you don’t want to share. It takes courage to fully love, to fully open your heart and let her in when you don’t know if she will like what she finds… Part of that courage is allowing her to love you completely, your darkness as well as your light. DROP THE MASK… If you feel like you need to wear a mask around her, and show up perfect all the time, you will never experience the full dimension of what love can be.

17) NEVER STOP GROWING TOGETHER… The stagnant pond breeds malaria, the flowing stream is always fresh and cool. Atrophy is the natural process when you stop working a muscle, just as it is if you stop working on your relationship. Find common goals, dreams and visions to work towards.

18) DON’T WORRY ABOUT MONEY. Money is a game, find ways to work together as a team to win it. It never helps when teammates fight. Figure out ways to leverage both persons strengths to win.

19) FORGIVE IMMEDIATELY and focus on the future rather than carrying weight from the past. Don’t let your history hold you hostage. Holding onto past mistakes that either you or she makes, is like a heavy anchor to your marriage and will hold you back. FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM. Cut the anchor loose and always choose love.

20) ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE. ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE. ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE. In the end, this is the only advice you need. If this is the guiding principle through which all your choices is governed, there is nothing that will threaten the happiness of your marriage. Love will always endure.

In the end MARRIAGE isn’t about Happily ever after. It’s about work. And a commitment to grow together and a willingness to continually invest in creating something that can endure eternity. Through that work, the happiness will come.

Marriage is life, and it will bring ups and downs. Embracing all of the cycles and learning to learn from and love each experience will bring the strength and perspective to keep building, one brick at a time.

These are lessons I learned the hard way. These are lessons I learned too late.

But these are lessons I am learning and committed in carrying forward. Truth is, I LOVED being married, and in time, I will get married again, and when I do, I will build it with a foundation that will endure any storm and any amount of time.

If you are reading this and find wisdom in my pain, share it with those those young husbands whose hearts are still full of hope, and with those couples you may know who may have forgotten how to love. One of those men may be like I was, and in these hard earned lessons perhaps something will awaken in him and he will learn to be the man his lady has been waiting for.

The woman that told him ‘I do’, and trusted her life with him, has been waiting for this man to step up.

If you are reading this and your marriage isn’t what you want it to be, take 100% responsibility for YOUR PART in marriage, regardless of where your spouse is at, and commit to applying these lessons while there is time.

MEN- THIS IS YOUR CHARGE : Commit to being an EPIC LOVER. There is no greater challenge, and no greater prize. Your woman deserves that from Be the type of husband your wife can’t help but brag about.


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I’m Selling out

So it’s come to this …

After almost 7 years in this house, a house I dearly love, it is time to sell. The last 3 months have been a marathon of painting, renovations, cleaning and repairs (minor ones, of course) but the house is finally ready. I have mixed emotions about selling this house, or at least I did at first. I do truly love this house. It is gorgeous, and comfortable and easy to live in. It’s very kid- and family-friendly and, thanks to my efforts, extremely energy efficient and ‘green’. But it’s time to move on. Time for another chapter. Time for a new place with new challenges and new projects and new rooms to redo. 

So it’s for sale. Come and get it! But you’d better hurry. It’s not even ‘officially’ on the market (not listed on MLS even) and I’ve already had half a dozen showings. Already had some come back for a second look. I’m pretty sure as soon as it hits the MLS it will sell in about 30 seconds. 

Check it out here. But in case you’re curious, here’s a preview. It has 6 (or 7) Bedrooms including a first floor master and first floor study/guest room, 3.5 baths, over 4,400 sq. ft. of living space plus a 2 car garage and almost 800 sq. feet of unfinished workshop space, part of which could easily be finished off into another bedroom or even a second kitchen or wet bar. 

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Front view

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View from front porch

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The Front Porch

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Master Bedroom

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Master Bedroom

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Master Bath

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Master Bath

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Entry

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Kitchen and Breakfast Area

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Dining room, looking into Main Living Room

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Upstairs ‘Kids’ Bath

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Lower level Family Room

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Lower Level Family Room

 


Having a Tribe

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had a “tribe” or a “crew” or anything of the sort. Until now that is. Let me tell you, it’s a little overwhelming at times, but in a very good way. I’ve always been a “Do It Yourself” kind of guy. Whatever it is, whatever needs doing, I do it myself. I don’t ask for help very often because it’s not something I’m used to getting much of. I need something done, I do it myself.

I bring this up because a few weeks ago I made the momentous decision to <gulp> sell my house. I love this house. I love the house, the property, the location, the neighborhood, the neighbors (well, those that are still speaking to me anyway) and everything about it. I said for years that the only way I was leaving this house was in a box. I’ve poured my heart, to say nothing of a lot of blood and sweat, into this house. But it’s time to move on. It took me a year to come to this decision, but once I finally made it, I looked around and saw the unholy amount of work to be done in order to get it ready to sell.

The front yard — newly landscaped only 4 years ago — was a disaster. The back yard, torn to shreds by the installation of the geothermal heating/AC unit 3 years ago, needs to be completely redone. The entire inside needs to be repainted (all 5100 square feet of it!). It needed new carpeting in all the carpeted areas. Tons of work. I was instantly overwhelmed. There was no way. It would take me a year.

Then a funny thing happened. While I was on a business trip to the god-forsaken land of Texas (Digression: Austin is lovely, but Houston would make a great landfill) this new tribe suddenly rallied to my cause. I came home to find the front yard almost entirely weeded, pruned and cleaned up. We added 12 cubic yards of mulch and it looks like a million bucks. I rented a Bobcat and leveled out the back yard and it’s ready for sod. And for the past week, my Girlfriend, her best friend (and her entire family!) and my girlfriend’s parents have been over here weeding, raking, moving furniture and painting. The main floor is about 1/3 painted already. We could be done with paint in a week or two. Julie arranged to have the carpet installers come give me an estimate today. (Digression: I need 2500 square feet of new carpet. That means I’ve laid 2500 square feet of tile in this house. By. Myself.)

These people, whom I have only known for less than a year, have descended on my home and given up their time, their weekends, their evenings, and even sacrificed some clothing (Steph poured paint all over her clothes, which was hilarious) to pitch in and help me. And here’s the thing: I didn’t ask them to. Julie took over the project management of the whole operation because she could clearly see how overwhelmed I was with kids, work, and the mountain of tasks to complete. She rallied her troops and they came to my aid.

I am overwhelmed. I am filled with gratitude and in awe of their kindness and support. There’s still a ton of stuff to do — like take down, paint, and rehang, with new hardware, all 34 doors in this house! — but I am no longer overwhelmed with the enormity of it all. I’m still not used to it, and I will also say that I’m still not entirely comfortable with it all because it is all so foreign to me, but I know that we can get it done. Notice I said ‘we’ there. Not I. We. That’s the change. That’s the part that is uncomfortable and foreign to me I guess. It takes me a while to get used to changes. Especially changes this big. But I’ve made bigger changes in my life, both internal and external ones. I’m just getting to make some simultaneously right now.  The last 2 years have been all about big changes for me, and this is just one or two more. I’m ready.

The house goes on the market soon, so stay tuned for the next chapter(s).


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Then this happened

As you may know, last year was a bit of a challenge for me. I got divorced. I was homeless for a while. I lost my job. So just a bit of a challenge you could say. 

Then I got my house back. Then I got a new job. I was just minding my own business, enjoying being single and being a dad and then this happened:

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Amazing. Remarkable. Magical. Truly. It shows me that as long as I keep showing up for life, no matter what life throws at me, things change. Things get better. And miracles happen. 


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