Foundations, Next Steps, and Words (oh my!)

“Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.” Lao Tzu

 

So I have officially been unemployed for 7 days now. I feel like in those 7 days, I have worked harder than the last 7 weeks. Packing out my 1988 Chevy Nova, moving everything that wouldn’t fit in the Nova into storage, as well as just the drive from Florida to Atlanta was intense. I took the weekend to crash, think, and prepare myself mentally and physically for the next step.

 

Speaking of Next Step, that seems to be the buzzword for 2016. Yes, we need to have an ordered list of goals and how to get there, but we can almost get lost in that list. I don’t want to just “know” what the next step is, I want to do the next step. And the next step.

 

That almost perfectly describes what I am in Atlanta so far. Next steps. Setting Goals. Achieving things. It has been slow yes, but progress is rarely ever fast. This is the foundation.

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I live in Georgia now.

“There comes a time when you have to dream, you have to dare, you have to go.” -Anonymous

Wednesday evening, which at the time of this writing was just 2 days ago, I rolled into Atlanta Metro. I stuffed every corner and cubbie in my 1988 Chevy Nova, and put the rest into storage, and took off on this new adventure.

Back where I came from things were great! I was working at a company that care for me and the community, I was making the most money I’ve ever made in my life, I even bought my dream car twice. But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to do more. That I needed to stretch myself further. It’s almost like I hit the limit of what I could do with my life where I was at, and now it was time to move. On the real though, it wasn’t an easy decision to just pack up and leave. Especially when circumstances required me to make that call in just 5 days, with two weeks after that to completely pack up all my belongings and move. But I did it. I’m here. And I’m ready for what comes next.

So what is this next? No clue. My resume is set, I have an apartment here, and I am actively pursing that next. I plan on writing all of my new adventures here. Cheers to starting the new year early!

What to do when your leader does something wrong

To say that this is my first post in a while would be an understatement. I created this space over six years ago, but it’s been well over three since I’ve don’t anything with it. So an introduction is definitely in order.

Hi, I’m David. Welcome to my space 🙂

I’m 26, live in Florida, and have 2 rescue dogs.

I’m a Christ follower, ginger, and youth pastor aspirer.

Now onto what I want to say:

I’ve had several people that I report to, that I am responsible to, that I am in the charge of. And unfortunately, sometimes those people that are over me fail. They make mistakes. They need to be forgiven. Now I know that you’re reading this and thinking “Well dang, you have NO IDEA what happened or what happened to me.” And I would have to agree, I don’t know where you are at or your situation. I don’t know what you went through, or what the circumstances are. But what I do know is this: if you live life for any length of time, you are going to have people over you, or that you look up to, fall. And it’s hard, but there are three things that I have learned.

  1. Pray.

As a Christ follower, my first response should be to pray. Pray for healing, pray for those involved, pray for those who it effects and will be affected.

  1. Plan.

Think before you speak, and know before you go. If you are in a position of leadership and have to deal with the situation, prepare what you are going to say and how you will respond. Exploding and flying off the handle are rarely, if ever, warranted. But in all seriousness, this is something that I struggle with: thinking before speaking. Sometimes in close quarters you can simply converse with someone in a gut-level way. But when a leader has fallen, and you’re called to help, you need to be ready.

  1. Plop.

Once it has been dealt with, drop it. Yes, there are consequences for one’s actions. Yes, there is trust that has to be rebuilt. But rehashing and bringing the offence up at every possible turn isn’t going to help them, and it certainly will not help you. When we try to punish someone over and over again in our minds, it does nothing to them but everything to us.

This isn’t a perfect list, and it won’t work for everyone, but it’s something that’s helped me. And I hope it helps you.

Grace and peace,

David

Days Off

If there’s one thing that I have learned about myself over the years, its that I am no good at sitting still. I always have to be doing something, or I just don’t feel right. Like today, I have the day off, and I cannot just simply relax. I feel the need to blog, clean my room, clean the car, (which is much needed since putting the Christmas tree in the back seat) and finish the back yard. Relaxation has never been easy for me, but I’m gonna try.
Someday.

Blogging.

I blog. I know, this seems like an obvious fact. But truth is, I’ve been ding this since 2008. Back then, as I do now, I used WordPress. I’ve tried lots of other platforms, both paid and free, and I like WordPress best. I use Windows Live Writer on Windows XP Professional SP3 for actually writing posts. Creating dynamic content…not my specialty. I have many friends who post about gossip, theology, and many other subjects.

But I blog about me, what I like, and how I feel.

I hope it gives this site a more personal feel. Because in the end, I’m just a country kid with a few dreams.

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