Saturday, June 11, 2011

Don't Bother Me God, I am Trying To Be Spiritual

Here is a fun little animation that caught my eye. So often we get stuck trying to be spiritual that we don't notice God trying to break through.

How about at church when our best efforts to be spiritual are interrupted by the crying baby, the old man singing Amazing Grace off key, the fidgety toddler, or the single mom with two kids in tow that is fifteen minuets late every Sunday. How about at home when your darling three year old jumps in your lap and wants to play when you would rather watch some televangelist on tv.

Remember... Dog Is God Spelled Backwards

The Misguided Monk - An old monk must learn the value of companionship after losing sight of his teachings. Animation by Tom Long.

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Quick, Slow, Slow...

More times than I like to admit, I hear Robert Shaw in my head from his 1976 role as Captain "Red" Ned Lynch in Swashbuckler...

"I'm not a gentleman; I'm an Irishman!"

"Quick, Slow, Slow" ...That is what I wrote at the top of my notepad yesterday morning before the start of an important budget meeting to remind me to keep the Redheaded Irishman in check.

Given the ongoing budget crisis in California and the continuing downward spiral the economy is in, budget meetings at a non-profit can be become frustrating at times. I needed to keep myself centered for this meeting, so I wrote myself that little shorthand reminder.

"Quick, Slow, Slow" is a reference to a Bible verse found in the Epistle of James, most likely authored by James, the brother of Jesus.

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires" James 1:19-20

The meeting went quite well, still a lot of work to be done. Not to overuse pirate movie quotes, but as Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow said in Pirates of the Caribbean, "We have our heading". How we get there and what we will encounter along the way still remains to be seen.

My little "Quick, Slow, Slow" reference helped me keep my Redheaded Irishman in check. I think that I will be writing that little note to myself more often.

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)