I hate being edited…

Creating something, anything, is the best feeling. The process is my favorite part, working and reworking through the initial thought process, gathering information to help form a mental picture of what needs to happen. I love the twists and turns that sometimes pop up. But what I really love are those wonderful times when from beginning to end it, the idea, seems to flow without effort and voila! There it is. The creation. 

Ususally, it is when I feel satisfied with myself and the creation that I then learn my work must be edited.

I hate being edited. It usually shatters my euphoria. It almost always irritates me. 

And yet, deep inside, I know that editing is part of a creative process. And almost always I come to see that the best part of the creative process is to endure the refiner’s fire.

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Gratitude: It is time to set new goals

Honey-do and I set individual and family goals every year and have done so since we got married many, many years ago. It is one of my favorite times of year, this goal setting and review ritual. The accounting from where we started, to where we now are, and where we choose to go from here is a way to realign ourselves as individuals and as a couple, making those course corrections to keep us from falling off track from that which matters most. 

What matters most? We do, to each other.

Generally pleased with where we now are and how we have moved through life’s unforeseen events, we are not so far off financially from where we hoped to be. Career wise has thrown some curves but with patience and trust in the Lord’s timing we are happy with how things have turned out. We have seen miracles. We have enjoyed the process of discovery.

There have been and still are times when we are not so pleased with goals we have set and we have not reached, nor whole-heartedly or even half-heartedly attempted to accomplish. Yet, the disappointment in ourselves does not lend us to our becoming incapacitated but leads us toward action, to a better structured goal. We practice attainable goals in smaller sections of success through micro-goal settings or subsets of goals. 

One personal goal took me 28 years to accomplish and even now I still struggle maintaining that goal while trying to maintain other goals of great importance to me. 

The goals we now review reflect a different tone of adventure. They are closer to becoming a reality for they are over thirty years old. They were our long range range goals but they are now here, ready for action. 

Anticipating what will happen next, uncertain as to what life holds for us as we age, and looking forward to “retiring” within ten years time, we believe that the Lord has blessed us abundantly.  As long as we step into that tunnel, with faith in every footstep, a lamp will light our path no matter how dimly lit it may be. And if we are required to step onto a darkened path without light, the light will come as we take that first step in faith. It is a win-win. 

How thankful I am for the blessings that come from setting goals. From the time I was young to my older self, goal setting has been a gift of vision and of loving reflection on how much the Lord has blessed my life. And I am especially grateful that my Honey-do has done this with me for these many years of wedded bliss. 

Gratitude. Sincerely.

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Know what the Elites are reading?

Almost two years ago I wrote a piece about Why I Bother about being politically active and it applies to why I read and research information that is important to me. And then once in a while I find things that The Opposition are reading or writing and I, depending upon who recommends it to me, may or may not read it. 

Today there was a fascinating interview on Glenn Beck’s radio show. Read the transcript of the conversation here: 

Will the Next Big Revolution Create a Worthless Class of Humans?

Now you understand why, like the Elites, I will be reading:

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow 

And you should too. You will be caught behind the curve if you do not understand what worthless means and who the worthless class currently is and who will be in it in the future. 

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