The will to spiritually explore

The will to spiritually explore.

Do you have it?

On a scale of 1-10, 10 is best.

What’s your number?

Spiritual life hack, aim for a perfect 10.

Sometimes you spiritually explore intentionally and sometimes spiritual exploration is thrust on you. Saturday, it was thrusted.

Saturday the music and PA system was so loud it was necessary to enlist the Orange County Sheriff for assistance.

At 2PM met Deputy Aaron at a neighbor’s house because their house borders the Church property. Wanted the Officer to hear what the neighbors hear. Deputy agreed it was too loud and addressed it with the DJ. The music initially quieted. But the PA system was never adjusted. Think High School Homecoming Game announcement loud.

Backstory: at noon i biked over and asked the DJ to turn the music down. He is not a Church member. The Church gave him no parameters for volume control for music nor PA system. The music was nicely turned down. But only for 10 minutes until 12:15 PM.

The 10-minutes-only compliance prompted the first call to the Sheriff at 1:00 PM.

The Sheriff’s effort on loud music (not PA) lasted an hour.

It was necessary to call the Sheriff a second time.

If the sound volume was coming from a residential neighbor, irrefutable, totally unacceptable levels.

Coming from a Church, it felt wrong turning them in.

My will to grow spiritually forced a level of thinking that required an objective view of the code violation. Simply put, it’s a noisy neighbor. The source of the noise violation has no bearing on the code violation.

Right?

No one is exempt from the law.

Unless i’m missing something, no one is above the law.

The volume of the noise. The duration of the noise. The frequency of the noise. Absolute code violation.

Here’s an interesting insight that struck randomly.

It’s important to note because in any other context, my motive for calling the Sheriff would be misread as anything but what it is – disturbing the peace.

So grateful it’s a “White, Christian Church”, otherwise i’d be dealing with the backlash of race, religion, and or ethnic implications – none of which need defending in this case because i am a white Christian, a regularly-attending Church participant.

Note: Our 20+ year Church, Holy Family Catholic Church is 20 minutes away. Holy Family seats about 1,500 people. We are in limbo there until Covid settles to our comfort level to re-attend. Meanwhile, beginning in 2020, i started walking next door to attend Sunday morning services. Always sitting in the back. In fact, sitting against the back wall, on the floor. i deemed it the safest location during Covid.

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Love and affection

GNP.

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong

Advice from my dog: When loved ones come home, always hurry to greet them with affection.

dog

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Four genres for self-reflection

Yesterday while sitting at home office desk. Swallow-Tail Kites (birds of prey) are rare.

There’s a book called Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck. (This is not a recommendation, by the way…just wanted to give credit for the four topics)

Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck.

Or, as i am committed to self-reflection…

Mind • Body • Spirit • Money • HQ

Guts is another way to describe risk-taking and overcoming fear.

Luck is defined in my world as “over-focusing on the same things i used to under-focus on or ignore”.

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Meaningful and approval don’t mix

Meaningful and approval don’t mix.

Approval has a time and place.

And it also doesn’t.

Along life’s travels, approval is part of the process for becoming independent. And if you are attentive enough, and yearn long enough and deeply enough, your heart will speak to you.

Meaningful has to come from your heart, not from approval.

Trust your gut and learn from your successes and mistakes – from everything.

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Only preach what you practice

Google maps
Just a moment in time yesterday. Almost there.

 

Universal Studios signage
Knowing how i got here and why i was here – surreal.

 

Disney Keynote Speakers
The best way to travel with two backpacks.

 

bicycle locked to bamboo pole
First time securing a bicycle to a bamboo pole. Couldn’t find a bike rack to save my life.

 

Disney Keynote Speakers
Wasn’t expecting this, but wasn’t surprised either – as soon as i walked inside.

 

apple watch fitness app
For posterity.

 

random photo
First time showing up for a speech in cutoff jeans and a sweat-soaked tee-shirt.

 

Only preach what you practice.

Not gonna lie, there was a moment of nervous uncertainty when the client and i met for the first time yesterday morning.

So many firsts (risks).

Many of us are hard to impress.

But what went down yesterday…i impressed myself.

Pretty rare.

And cool.

 

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