Some amazing memories include climbing down sand dunes to see two yellow-eyed penguins nestling, watching a pair of sea lions kissing in front of an oblivious boy building a sand-castle, and seeing the Little Penguins come up from the sea in waves. Also, watching kiwis run…
I thought I asked hard questions and learned hard lessons in my 20s – but then I entered my 30s.
what have I been up to since transitioning out of my last position/career?
on a daily basis:
- studying for the GRE
- exercising (the most regular i’ve been in many, many years)
- reflection and prayer
- taking 3 coursera courses (free online courses) - designing cities from upenn, age of sustainable development from SIPA at columbia, and inspiring leadership through emotional intelligence from case. i completed 2 others in improving my musicianship and health & nutrition.
- going on walks around the neighborhood, especially to the library and neighborhood cafe
- cleaning the apartment
- cooking breakfast and dinner
- sleeping 8 hours
- spending time with j
on a weekly basis:
- grocery shopping at the west side market
- trying not to drive my car
- spending time outdoors
- eating with my friends, d&j and sometimes watching their kids
- attending community meetings in my neighborhood, ohio city
- submitting my body to clinical trials (jk, not that extreme. just a contacts trial for those anime-eye asian contact lenses)
- volunteering at Cleveland events (tech pint). trying to a volunteer spot for voter registration in asiatown
- playing violin for a friend’s wedding
- playing violin on worship team
- attending yelp elite events
once in a lifetime:
- harry potter world with my 14 year old cousin and aunt from taiwan, and one of my BFFs, a.
my life has changed significantly since june 30. it has been really nice to have a period of rest. i consider it a sabbatical after years in a high capacity ministry job. i find that i have more energy, interest, and time for friends/community/church in a way that i haven’t in many years. however, it has also been strange not to contribute financially in my marriage or in a professional role. we’ve had to change a few things around in our budget in order to accommodate for me not working, but so far those changes have been healthy.
it has also been easy to stay active and engaged with life around me. finding things to do has never been a problem for me. i’m happy to be able to have that chance, especially as i prepare to switch careers.
We ventured across the street to the new Mitchell’s, which just opened their HQ in a former theater. It’s a great addition to W 25th… Family and income friendly. I had the dyngus day Rum Babka… Not too bad! #100happyjoppydays #day10
This might be the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write. A mega-post about the impossible discussions on gay marriage, abortion, and politics — and a new way to talk about them. A long read: feel free to skip around.
When you’re asked these three questions, you’re instantly running into a bitter bloody crossfire.
- Are you for or against gay marriage?
- Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
- Are you a Democrat or Republican?
But I want to counter-ask:
Why do we only have to think within these two opposing grids? Who made up the rules of this conflict? What if there was a different way to do this than the paradigms we have blindly bought into?
What our world does is what it has always done: takes a human issue, forces two sides against each other, comes up with all kinds of pseudo-articulate arguments, and ratchets up the volume.
Is this really the only dang way to communicate?
For many of us, this is all we ever know. The incessant angry yelling ignores the people trapped inside these debates, and we are brainwashed into excluding the “other” based on our own limited understanding of reality.
Real-live multi-layered human beings get lost in the urge to push ideologies — and I keep wondering if there’s a better way to navigate our disagreements.
Our current public discourse always looks barbaric and overly simplistic: because winning your idea at the White House cannot legislate someone’s soul. That’s state-sponsored tyranny.
Even if your side wins, what then? How do we reconcile with the “other”? What do you really win?
How do we offer something more than “Stop it” ..? How do we get off the anti-ground of what we’re against and move towards what we’re for?
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