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Here’s to Change!

December 15, 2008

Sunday was a day for big announcements. John Sloan our bass player was leaving to go to Cincinnati, service times were changing from three back to two services, and I was stepping out into a new place of uncertainty and question marks. Sounds like you should have been there, right?

Change was the topic of conversation. I mentioned Robert Quinn and his book, Deep Change. We all are faced with opportunities to choose Deep Change, yet even in our inaction we make the decision to live within the status quo. The decision to embrace Deep Change is a decision that will shift your way of thinking and making meaning in the world, but it is also the only way in which we can truly grow as human beings. Personal Transformation is a topic that encompasses both the spiritual and mental capacities we posses. In order for a person to experience Spiritual Transformation and Mental Transformation, the lenses with which we see our lives have to also change and be embraced.

The best lenses are the ones we aren’t aware of. When we have a shift in our “seeing”, it takes time for the new lenses to integrate themselves into our lives. The first step is to recognize that the lenses you are currently looking through aren’t letting you see things the way you are accustomed to seeing them. Just like with real eyeglasses, when things start to become hazy and blurry, it’s time for new lenses to clear up your vision.

As I continue on in this journey, I hope you will also share your experiences. I also hope that my decision to embrace transformational change will spur you on to begin your own journey of transformational change.


December 8, 2008

Just had to mention that yesterday was my highest day so far with 115 hits, as measured by the great WordPress people. My highest day had previously been 75 hits and that was a while ago. Now, if I only knew how to keep this up!

Macon and the Arts

December 5, 2008


SoChi Gallery in Downtown Macon

SoChi Gallery in Downtown Macon

Macon, Georgia is a town with a lot of history, but many of the residents of Middle Georgia don’t get to experience it. The interstate veers people away, and years of negative talk about crime have also kept people back.

I’ve posted before about the work being done at the Fountain on Third and Cherry Street in Macon for the homeless. It is a wonderful avenue for people to become engaged in helping their neighbor, but also in seeing the beauty of Downtown Macon.

I just came back from a visit to downtown and met several people who were knowledgeable about the area. The Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Center is a great place to go to get maps and information about things that may be happening  in or around downtown.

One of the places I spent some time was at the Sochi Gallery. They were having a First Friday showing, so I went to check it out. It’s a great little gallery that immediately take you off the street and into a serene space. If you have time go check it out, you’ll love it.

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

December 4, 2008


One of my most favorite holiday traditions is watching the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. After the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the tree lighting is another step closer to Christmas.

Maybe I’m nostalgic, but I like to do a few things year after year, and also keep an eye out for things that can become traditions. For instance this year I found out that my youngest, at age 8, was enthralled with the debates and election coverage. So in 3 or 4 more years we’ll do it again.

This year the kids did the tree themselves (except for a couple on the higher branches). They had a blast and we weeded out some of those fragile balls that you can worry about being broke – no more worries for us!

Loving this time of year; loving experiencing all the sights and sounds of the city and the neighborhood! I really do think “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”.

To Twitter or Not to Twitter?

November 10, 2008


I think that Twitter is something that you either get or just think it’s nonsense. I’ve been both. The idea that anyone would actually want to follow my moves throughout the day was not only ludicrous, but also a little scary. I mean really, it’s like giving people an easy way to stalk you.

However, the more I keep researching the concepts of social interaction and connection, I see that this is just what we need. The big question is, “Do I want/need to Twitter? I haven’t come to any solid conclusions so I thought I would throw the question out to you. What do you think?

I’ve already drank the Facebook Kool-Aid, so why not Twitter too?

It’s my Birthday…again!

October 31, 2008

Yes, I’m a Halloween baby. For years and years you’ve celebrated my birthday unknowingly. For those who didn’t know, some questions they’ve had have now been answered! Sometimes we have birthdays that are good and others that are bad, but today has been a great day for me. I woke up this morning and had dozens of birthday wishes on Facebook, then I had several people call and then topped it off by meeting at the Holton’s house for trick-or-treating and some good time together (there was also a cake and some good punch!).

So much as happened over the past year to be grateful for, that there simply isn’t enough time or space. Most of it boils down to good times with good friends and being able to be myself. For years I tried to fit into a mold that was made by other people, that was difficult and stressful. The transition to being yourself may be hard, but the “being” yourself part is an indescribably simpler way to live. My friends and I may not agree on everything (we don’t for the record), but the thing we do agree on is that we are friends. Being connected with people in an organic way seems to be the antidote for most of the stressful junk that most of us wade through each day.

When I think of people I want to hang out with or talk to I think of the people who are a part of Lifepoint. The best birthday present of all is to know that true friends are just a phone call away – in fact sometimes they have called before I did! This next year is certainly going to have some new stuff in it. There will be new economic, political and financial events, but in each of the different experiences awaiting in the following year, I know I’ve got people who care for me, and who I care for, that will be sharing in the experiences with me.


October 25, 2008

OK, had to post about this great game between UGA and LSU. Both are great teams; both are great SEC teams; and both really wanted to win this game. By far, the most memorable moment was right after one of the commentators proclaimed that Matthew Stafford could not give the ballto Knowshon Moreno. If Stafford did give the ball to Moreneo, LSU’s defense would stop him. The words had no more left his mouth than Matthew gave the ball to Knowshon and Moreno ran through LSU’s defense down the field.

The score was high on both sides. Georgia scored more that they had ever scored in a game at LSU. To be fair, LSU’s red-shirt freshman quarterback Lee did a good job in keeping momentum when he was playing as quarterback. This was a great game to watch. I particularly liked watching Matthew Stafford. He showed just how good he can be. Incredible arm, aim and focus. In spite of the fact that a good number of LSU fans were in the parking lot on the way home, the game ended with just as much enthusiasm from both teams players as it had begun with.

All said and done, another great Saturday of college football in Georgia!

It Begins – Hunting Season 08-09

October 19, 2008

yes, this is me last season

Hunting season has begun, and I am happy. I could stop typing and let those words say it all, but I won’t. Hunting season is a time for me to take a moment and integrate a little more space into an already full life. One of the best things about hunting season is that it comes for a few months and then it is gone. The short time given to hunting deer in Georgia, also gives the hunter time to let the desire to hunt build in the early fall.

Yes there will be ungodly early mornings and bitter cold and rain, but there will also be so much more. There is nothing like seeing the sun rise perched up in a tree alongside all the other forest animals, nor is there anything like watching the last rays of that same sun fall below the horizon and hear the forest settle down for the evening. The smells are inescapable and the sight of creatures in their element is testimony to the greatness and creativity of the God we serve.

I can’t wait to see what this season holds, and what new and amazing thing will happen to me. People have many opinions about hunting, but the one thing that we all have to agree on is that nature in it’s wildness and beauty is as unexpected as the lives we all so desperately seek to live.

Bulldogs and Vandy

October 18, 2008

Well, well, well. I had to digest and recuperate a little before I posted this. As you know, I am a fan of the SEC’s most scrutinized and hardened team – the Georgia Bulldogs. Some may have their opinions, but mine is firm “Glory, glory to Old Georgia!”. In a quirk of heavenly fate, I was allowed the esteemed pleasure of actually attending this game in person. It happened to be Homecoming, so it was even better.

This was my seat:


As for scrutiny of the game itself, the Dawgs could have played better, Stafford wasn’t on his A game, but that didn’t matter – Georgia shut the “Dore'” on Vandy and won. The other fact was that this was my first “live” Georgia game, so I was a little preoccupied looking…I mean gawking at everything. I truly felt like Moses at the Red Sea. The only difference was that I didn’t want it to part open for me, I just let it swallow me up.


There is something pristine and “right” about college football. Many have tried to define it and have left their readers poor for lack of words to explain the unexplainable. For me it has to go back to the essence of sport. These guys are competing for glory, not money. They are going out in the field to execute the plans and strategies of others. Mark Richt doesn’t play football, neither do the Defensive or Offensive Coordinators or their staff. It is the players themselves who go and put their all on the line, fighting for ten more yards.

In life, as leaders, we have to always understand that strategies and vision are great, but it is the people we lead who go out and seek to execute. Execution is the only way to win. On the field and in life, whatever stage of life, we must “Finish the Drill!”

Columbus Day

October 13, 2008

Columbus Day is an important day because without it, the Spanish would have never found the Americas. This is somewhat funny paradoxically as many experts say that within the decade more people will speak predominately Spanish than English in the United States. Columbus was always important to me – we share a first name.

The holiday is celebrated as Day of the Cultures in Costa Rica (a place I hope to retire to). I like that. We should have a Day of the Cultures in the United States. After all, we are an amalgamation of cultures from around the globe – we should celebrate it.

I celebrated with a time being home with family – both blood family and those who I have had the privilege of calling family because we “do life together”. We talked about the future and what we wanted for our children and then we ate (because you can’t have a family gathering without food!) Life is good – not because of the stock market or the bond market or because of my paycheck. Life is good because I do not have to live it alone! Be it so for you and yours. Live life, but live it in relationship. It is the messiest, most chaotic and most wonderful way to exist on this planet we call Earth!