thinking thoughts
  • Gratitude 2

    Long lunch with a good friend who inspires with her enthusiasm, hard work and general brilliance followed by a long dinner with coworkies who needed a good home-cooked meal and a nice glass of Georgian wine.

  • Gratitude 1

    Today, I am thankful for unexpected praise and good conversations on unlikely topics. 

  • some nights

    the nights are getting later and the justifications are getting thinner. blood pressure rises, grey hairs increase and motivation wanes…

    bbc, al jezeera, cnn—all the outlets are convinced it’s a story already concluded. politics inside and out runeth amok.

    so why? when efforts are never enough, methods  misunderstood, and ulcers are on the horizon? 

    well…

    because there are stories that need to be told and rights that are worth advocating for.

    because it’s not about raising my voice but elevating theirs.

    because all this isn’t really for the higher ups, it’s for the highest up.

    because success isn’t measured by validation, but by people whose lives have been made even just a little better.

    i know i’m not the only one—or the most effective one—and it’s not on me. but it’s still important to lend even a whisper to the groundswell rumbling for change.

    and really, is there anything else i’d rather be doing?

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  • championthechildrenofsyria:

    As world leaders meet to discuss Syria’s future, children are sending a message to the leaders explaining what peace means to them.

    Hear their answers.

    Help World Vision provide life-saving support to the more than 1 million children who have been affected by war in Syria.

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  • And a very Merry Christmas to all! #latergram #giddy-deer #missingnyc

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  • Mali’s red dust, Paris’ puddles, Bangkok’s refuse, Phnom Penh’s rain, Nairobi’s mud, the Swiss Alps’ gravel, Oxford’s cobblestones, Barcelona’s bazaars, Madrid’s museums, Rome’s ruins, New York’s asphalt, California’s boardwalk, Petra’s sands and now on to Portland’s bike paths…These little guys have picked up and walked through quite an assortment this year. #clarks #spoiled #2013

  • alphabet soup

    an alternative to the ampersand,

    BUT" begins benignly.

    Cautiously conspiring with commas—

    debuting doubt and diluting defined determinations.

    Examining edifice and exposing exuberance as “error”,

    finally fulminating the Future as folly.

    Gathering groups of gawkers and

    hushing hope as hinderance,

    it interrogates inspiration as ignorance.

    "Just jump?" — a jolly joke, jes?

    "Keep knocking to know King and Kingdom??

    Laughable.” 

    Mentally mauled, my mind meanders and 

    numbing ninjas nimbly neutralize Nerve.

    Offered oblivion I 

    pleasurably partake and passively permit par performance.

    Quests are quieted and quit.

    "Rest" and "Relaxation" are renewed as Rex and 

    Self-satisfaction sits superior to struggle, surrender, or sacrifice.

    Though…there’s that tender Thought — terrified…but trying to take up temerity.

    Undercutting umbrage and unexpectedly unearthing Understanding that 

    voraciously vies for validity

    willing me to wonder and wrestle with what I want — what I will work to welcome?

    Xeroxes or

    Zeal?

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  • tastefullyoffensive:

    [offtheleash]

    Gideon in a nutshell

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  • "Burden"

    “Don’t ever be a burden,” you’ve been told. Don’t let people see you’re weak or that you may need help. Don’t worry someone else with the triviality of your life or make them think they may need to take care of you. Nurture and provide for others but don’t ever extend anyone the opportunity to do the same for you. Minister but don’t anticipate being ministered too. Add more value than you extract. Stop talking about yourself and your needs, as if anyone has time or cares to listen. Don’t be so self-involved. In short: don’t be a burden. What a lie.

    “Cast your cares upon Him, for he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

    In other words, burden Him. He is interested. It’s ok to talk about yourself. It’s ok to need some help, to ask for some support, to let other people be needed by you. You’re not a burden. You’re human. And humans need. And that’s ok.

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