What mission and which musings?

17 05 2011

I thought I’d take a moment and address my motivations in creating this blog so that those who know me, and even those who don’t, can get an idea of what I mean when I describe my blog as being from a man on a mission.  I have always heard that journaling is good for you.  So many people in my lifetime have encouraged me to journal as an outlet for my emotions and thoughts.  I dabbled a bit in journaling back in the day.  I used to pull out my Coca Cola journal with the polar bears on the front, unlock the luggage lock and write on long trips.  I would document the stuff I would do in the car in way too much detail.  But that wasn’t real journaling, and I never believed anyone when they told me how good it was because I had never actually written a real journal.

Well, recently I’ve been forcing myself to carry a little pocket sized pad of paper around and if I have a thought that’s just bearing down on my mind, I take a minute to write it down really quick.  Often times I’ll return to that same thought throughout the day and flesh it out and add to it.  Sometimes I jump back and forth between two thoughts at a time and just flip between pages.  This is kind of a big deal for me as I am forcing myself to think about things and look at different angles.  Something I’m not good at by any means.

All this is to say that even though I’m forcing myself to journal more and really examine my own thoughts and feelings, I’d like to use this blog as a medium to share my opinions on what matters to me and maybe get some feedback from you that might help me develop my opinions more or lead me in a whole new direction.  I’m trying to approach this with as open a mind as possible because the mission I talked about is to examine myself from different directions and try and create a better me and one that is more aware of what matters and how I feel about what matters.  I hope you’ll join me on this ride and I hope that I can help you discover something, too.

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Shiny!

12 05 2011

Well here we go again.  For those of you who know me rather well, you know I tried to start a blog a couple years back over at blogger.com.  You may also remember that I never really updated it that much and I’ve actually deleted it now.  I decided to start over here at Word Press because I wanted a completely fresh start.  I’ve changed a lot in the past couple years and this is going to be more of an experience for me.  I think now more than ever I support the idea that journaling is good for a person.  I hope to use this blog as a space for me to let loose with things I find and want to share and even things that are weighing on my mind.  I have a few ideas floating around in my head right now, but we’re just getting started and I want to take it slow.  I’m going to try and post on here at least 3 times a week.  If you still think you might like reading my blog, I would encourage comments and discussion.  I like knowing that I have readers who are engaged and want to talk about my ideas and even burdens.  For those that are still here, I have a nice little treat for you.  A little video using dynamic text and a poem by the great slam poet Taylor Mali.  Enjoy.