Sunday, June 29, 2008
We live in a technological world filled with multiple methods of staying connected with people. These methods include, texting, email, and various other internet “friend” based websites. We have all these different methods of staying “connected” to each other and yet sometimes we are left with the inexplicable longing to physically touch someone. I recently took a trip to see my father in Berkley, Ca. I hadn’t seen my dad in a couple of years but maintained constant communication by phone. The first thing he did when he saw me was grab my face with both of his hands and kissed my head. After the plane ride home I was waiting for my ride and as I waited I watched different people embrace their loved ones as they came to pick them up. Human beings are wired for physical connection with each other. What is it inside our being that causes us to desire human touch? Do you think people would be happy living in a world devoid of physical connection? Do you get enough hugs and handshakes? No matter how many different ways we connect, we cannot escape the longing within our soul to physically connect to each other…maybe its time you reached out and touched someone.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Desire can be dangerous. I found myself watching the move “Alexander The Great” an awesome movie. While I was watching it I began thinking of all Alexander The Great did in his life, and I started dreaming of all the things I wanted to do and began diving into this world of desire. It was a hard thing because it took me down a path where all I could think about was attaining that which I desired. I spent the next day obsessing over my desires and lost sight of everything I was currently involved in. You see my desires began to consume me very quickly. I went outside and looked up into the sky and cried out “What am I supposed to do?” There are times in our lives when we can let desire get the better of us. When we do, its time to take a step back and begin to realize the things we wish to accomplish are good things, and its good to have desire, but we can’t let those things consume us, change us, transform us into someone else. I have learned that we have to be true to ourselves as we desire to reach out and change the world. There is definitely something within the human soul that drives us to reach out and do something, change something, become something, and to desire to achieve those things is good. It’s when desires begin to consume you that things get dangerous. What are your desires? How are they affecting you? I encourage you to “be” first and when you do that you’ll find yourself accomplishing your desires without sacrificing yourself.
Monday, June 2, 2008
I was walking in Mexico today thinking about all the different things I had to do when I got back home. As I was nearing the border the cool wind blew across my face, and it felt good. It wasn’t a very strong wind, it wasn’t very special, it was just refreshing. It was an interesting moment for me as I was walking. I put my hands out so I could feel the wind and it began to fill my hands, and for a moment I thought I could actually hold it. Of course as soon as it came into my hands it blew right out. I know in my head a person can’t catch the wind but for a moment I felt as if I could. As I kept walking a observed a long line of people in Mexico waiting to get work permits for the United States, and I wondered what their dreams were, and if they’d achieve them or if they’d feel like they were trying to catch the wind. Then it hit me, some of us have dreams of doing something big and maybe getting beyond the boundaries in our minds, but those desires are always just out of reach so we feel as if we are trying to catch the wind. So how do we move beyond the different boundaries in our lives? There is something about the wind that is mystical and simple at the same time, its strong & soft, cold & hot, blistering & soothing, it comes and it goes and sometimes seems fleeting, yet when it brushes across your face or sits in the palms of your hands it is ever present. Are your dreams like the wind? If so how can you catch it? Something drives us to pursue the wind, to run in it, to try to embrace it, maybe one day we’ll be able to catch it.