Please don't tell me

i saw the pattern emerging yesterday

Flags at half-staff
This past week at Windermere Runners Club workout.


Orlando Pulse tragedy
Stumbled upon this last night.


i saw the pattern emerging yesterday.


One week in Orlando filled with three horrific tragedies.

It can’t be happening.

So i am pretending it didn’t.

Yesterday was the first time (and it happened several times yesterday) i caught myself saying it to others (non-Floridians) in response to their inquiry and condolences.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.


This website is about our spiritual health. To leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s career health website, click here.


Blessed Beyond Measure?

In a perfect world the answer is always yes

Central Florida sidewalk walkers
Such an unassuming sidewalk. It held (and still holds) my Olympic dream.


In everything give thanks?


Even tragedy?

In a perfect world, yes.


Because we can take solace in knowing that God wastes nothing.

Next Blog

Prayers Please

Praying for someone we’ve never met

Husband and wife hug at airport
Photo: Chapin Noel, August 2009 at Orlando International Airport.


Praying for someone we’ve never met.

A fatal heart attack is never planned.

When it happens we are stunned and saddened. It happened to a client’s colleague the night before.

Moments before falling asleep last night, i pictured what it would feel like to no longer have Cheryl walking around in our home.

Moving forward, that is the reality for someone i’ve never met.

Next Blog

One Question A Day?


Pray for Kenya.
Photo from Facebook feed.


Pray for Kenya
Photo from Facebook feed.


The question needs to move from:

Why did this happen?


Why isn’t the world doing a better job to stop it?


Next Blog

Blessed Beyond Measure?

We do not have to accept this fact

Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse balloons
Another day at the office


We do not have to accept this fact. Bad things happen to good people.

Not accepting this fact doesn’t keep it from happening.

What if we accepted this fact and lived a life that planned on bad things happening? What if we didn’t squander our time?

Next Blog