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Thursday!

StarbucksIs it me or does Lady Gaga’s song, “Born This Way,” make absolutely no sense?

I like Dunkin’ Donuts.  I love Starbucks.

I’m brainstorming, “NOVA’s Largest Easter Event.”  What do you think about a skydiving Easter bunny?

Did anyone else notice how freaking awesome the weather was today (at least in NOVA)?  Heaven will be like today, only every day.

I wish I could afford to fly to Japan.

My legs still hurt from a leg workout I did on Tuesday.  Guess it’s been a while since my legs were forced to lift some weight.  I’d like to thank my brother-in-law, Josh, for nothing.  Nothing but pain.

Today was a long day.  Dropped my sister and her husband off at the airport first thing in the morning.  An hour and a half in DC traffic, followed by an hour in DC traffic to get to work.  Two meetings (which were both good) followed.  Knocked out a couple projects at the office.  Headed home.  Hung out outside for a while because as I stated earlier, the weather was freaking awesome today.  God descended on North Virginia in 70 degrees, a slight breeze and a lot of sun.  Grilled some burgers for dinner.  Now, off to hang with some guys and watch some March Madness.

Nothing much spiritual here today, only a small glimpse into the wheels turning in my head as I went through the day.

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Lent 2011!

I have never done anything for Lent.  Never fasted.  Never sacrificed anything.  Nada.  Zip.  Zero.  Zilch.

I always thought Lent was some weird holiday for Catholics (just being honest here).  But it’s more than that.  Lent is simply a time of preparation.  It’s a 40 day preparation, leading up to the Holy Week (the week of Jesus’ death and resurrection).

Lent

I was out running tonight with a group of guys.  I get together with them once a week (at least).  We workout, run and even study together.  It’s a great group.  Tonight, we ended up on the subject of Lent.  One of the guys in our group basically said, “We should do it.  We should sacrifice something for Lent.”  So, we decided to go for it.

Since Lent is a time of preparation through sacrifice, we will each be sacrificing something to God for 40 days.  Each guy chose something that would be difficult for him to give up.  The idea being that it would be something difficult, a challenge, something that would really be a sacrifice.  One guy chose sweets, and another chose Mountain Dew.

What about me?  I wasn’t sure what to give up.  I was stuck.

So I went to my ever faithful wife and asked her what she thought.  When I asked her to make it tough, I had no idea how tough she was going to go.  Still, it’s a great challenge and I’m going to go forward with it.

For 40 days, I’m going to give up social media!  (Isn’t she brutal?)

I’m exempting my blog from this fast/sacrifice.  All other social media will go.  Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Tumblr, Path, etc.  40 days.  All gone.  No comments.  No posts.  No status updates.  No picture posts.  Nothing.

My goal is to spend the time I would usually be on social media, reading Scripture, praying and clinging to God as Easter approaches.

So, there you have it.  Lent 2011 – no social media!

What do you think about Lent?

Will you be sacrificing anything this year?

Poke The Box!

I opened my mail today and found my own copy of Seth Godin’s latest release, “Poke The Box.”  It came from amazon.com a lot quicker than I thought it would.  I opened it and began to read.  Then I kept reading.  Then I read some more.  In between a couple of fights, dinner and bedtime, I read some more.  Before I knew it, I had read the entire, eighty-four page, manifesto in one sitting.  I absolutely consumed that book.  Just to keep it real, it was a fairly simple read.  However, the content was more than that.  It was a great challenge.  A challenge and a call to our generation to, “Go.”  A challenge to initiate.

In his New York Times article called, “They Weren’t Careful What They Hoped For,” Barnaby Feder used an early example of the term, “slacktivism.”  Slacktivism is defined as, “the desire people have to do something good without getting out of their chair (Feder 2002).”  In other words, we don’t lack the market to make a great change.  We don’t lack the world that needs great change.  We don’t lack the resources or the network.  We don’t lack the finances or even the avenues by which we can employ a great change.  What we lack is the initiative.

I once changed my Facebook profile picture to one with a pink ribbon on it for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

I post links on my Twitter and Facebook accounts that lead people to great articles and stories about grand causes.

I watch videos on YouTube that have to do with great causes and sometimes if I’m really motivated, I click the “thumbs up” button.

All of those things are good, but they don’t require any initiative to actually create a change in the world.  There must be more.  In fact, there has to be more.  Now, I need to actually DO something with what I know.

I haven’t blogged in quite awhile, but I will try to post more of my thoughts on this book soon.  For now, I will leave you with one of the quotes from the second page of the book.

Imagine that the world had no middlemen, no publishers, no bosses, no HR folks, no one telling you what you couldn’t do.  If you lived in that world, what would you do?  Go.  Do that.

So, what would you do?

Poke The Box

Where Are We Going?

Clark GriswoldHave you ever been on a road trip or family vacation where you weren’t really sure the driver knew where they were going?  You might hear mom say something like, “Would you stop and ask for directions?”  Or, “We’re lost, aren’t we?”  And in that moment you must take yourself to a scene, any scene, with Clark Griswold in it.  You know that feeling.  The ride is fast and furious, but we’re not really sure where it’s going.

I ran across this video clip through a Facebook link today.  Go ahead and watch it.  I’ll wait for you to get back.

So let me ask you the question, “Where are we going?”  Where is this ride going to end?  How did we get, what appears to me to be, this far down?

Do you have children?

10 years old?

7 years old?

4 years old?

Now tell me how you would react if they came home from school with a condom and some “counseling.”

I’m certain that at the end of this ride, there is nothing good waiting for us.  Someone really should stop and get some directions.  The family vacation is getting uglier by the minute.

Family Corner!

It is a very rare occurrence, something I don’t see everyday.Family Eating Dinner

Rare like, the dragon defeating the knight.

Rare like Spartans losing a battle.

Rare like a ninja being seen in public.

Rare like an honest politician.

So go ahead, ask me.  What was this rare occasion?  What did I witness?  What was it that was actually worth sitting down and writing about?

I saw a family having a good time at a restaurant.  Oh, the horror!  Gasp!  You don’t say!

Yes, it’s true.  I was at Panera for a meeting.  The meeting was short and sweet.  As I was getting ready to leave, I heard this uproarious laughter behind me.  I turned my head, slightly interrupting the conversation I was having, to see what was going on.  And what to my horror did I see?  A family, laughing together and enjoying time together.

Go to any restaurant and you will see a completely different scene.  Families struggling to get through one evening without little Jimmy throwing green beans into that ladies hair sitting in the booth behind them.  Or you might see a father who is on high stress, terror alert level “Red” and just not sure what to do with little Susie who won’t quit screaming at the top of her lungs because she wants French fries with her meal, not waffle fries.  Just watch for a little while as they struggle to get through the meal.  “Mom, he touched me.  Dad, can I have another soda?”  Of course the first round of soda has the child jumping on the seats and falling into the waiter passing by with a tray of drinks.  But no matter, the parents have yet to connect the sugar in the soda with their child’s hyper-activity.  Maybe they should add that to the manual.

The parents are completely exasperated, their faces are red, their jaws are clinched tight.  They are just about to explode.  Then it happens, the waiter comes by to see if they need anything.  Their faces whip around to see the waiter, hoping they weren’t just in the middle of verbally abusing one of their children for fear of what the waiter might think.  Their jaws immediately release as they force a smile.  “Everything is great.  We’re good to go.  Thanks.”  As soon as the waiter/waitress is gone, they whip back around to their children, jaws tightly clinched once again.

This scene plays out all the time.  It’s the previous scene that rarely happens.

So let me ask (knowing full well I have already asked myself), when was the last time you and your family just had a good time?  No stress, no worries about the spilled milk, not being uptight because your kid is acting like, well, a kid.  When was the last time your family was caught, just having fun?

QOTD!

Time for another edition of Cultural Awakening’s, “Question of the Day.”  Okay, maybe more than one.

What do you think about New Year’s resolutions?  Do you make them?  If so, what kind?  Why do you think so many people fail at keeping their resolutions throughout the year?

Question of the Day! (QOTD)

So I had an idea the other day about this blog. I’m thinking it might be time to mix it up a little bit, throw in some fun stuff every now and then. So I’m going to institute a “Question of the day” as well as some “Top 10” lists. Feel free to comment or add ideas for future QOTD’s or Top 10 lists.

So today’s QOTD is, “Do you text and if so how many texts do you send in a day? Week? Month?”

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