Read One Blog, Get Two Half Off

Another New Year is upon us. In fact, as I type this, we are eleven days into it. I’ve never been much on making resolutions; perhaps that’s why this is my first blog post of the year. Maybe I should have resolved to write something no matter how big or small everyday, or a more realistic goal of every week. Since I’ve started this blog, this has been my longest dry spell between posts. It’s not that I haven’t been writing during this time. I’ve written a few pretty big posts. The problem? I loved them when I started them, and I hated them when I was done.  I write and write and write; and yet I can’t make myself post anything that comes out. I’m starting to learn that this blogging/writing thing can be difficult. My latest hits that weren’t made available for your viewing pleasure were a look at my feelings on spam email and what a Wes Anderson movie taught me about dreams and confidence. The irony of the last one is that I wasn’t confident enough to post it.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not afraid of what you’ll think of my writing skills if I post something that you all find stupid. I am someone who appreciates your time and don’t want to waste it by posting something that isn’t worth reading. I want this blog to be something that is both humorous and also encouraging and challenging. Somehow I don’t think that…..

Sin can be seen as life’s spam. It doesn’t matter how it gets in, once it does it starts working on infecting every area it can get into. We don’t like it, and we often times don’t know how it showed up and starting assaulting our inbox.

…….Is in any of those categories that I mentioned. It was just a ridiculous random thought I had one day when I saw my junk email box figuratively overflowing with nonsense.  So with that thought I typed up a note overflowing with nonsense on my phone. The absurdity of believing an African prince from Zamunda has chosen you above anyone else to hold his funds in your account for him with a hefty reward for you has been written about enough I am sure. 


I also wrote a post detailing how a movie about a bunch of guys who have a grand scheme to be criminals taught me about dreaming and confidence. The film is Wes Anderson’s movie “Bottle Rocket,” which also just happens to be one of my all time favorites. I’m not going to go into much plot, because I don’t want to spoil the movie for you if you decide to watch it; but it’s pretty evident from the beginning that these guys don’t have what it takes to be criminals.

bottle rocket
You might be asking yourself, “What could he possibly learn about dreaming and confidence from a movie about criminals?” Well, don’t ask yourself; ask me. Well actually, you don’t have to ask; I’ll just tell you. Our “heroes” in this movie had a ridiculous dream and even more ridiculous ideas of how to see it realized.  It didn’t matter what the circumstances were in front of them, and it didn’t matter how others treated them; they were determined and confident that they could see it through.

In life we come up with some pretty crazy schemes. Dreams that captivate our hearts and won’t let us go no matter how we try to get away from them. Don’t get me wrong there will always be obstacles; there will always be naysayers who don’t/can’t understand. If you read my last post, you have seen that I have one currently on my heart. My desire is to encourage us all to dream big and be confident even in the face of impossibility. There’s One who kinda likes to prove the impossible as possible through us.

There you have it, a mash up of the best of two posts that didn’t quite meet my lofty standards. I hope that you got something out of it.

2 Responses to “Read One Blog, Get Two Half Off”

  1. Ah, don’t be so hard on yourself. First off, we’re talking about the internet here. Have you seen the ridiculous and trifling things on the internet? Yeah, exactly. You’re never going to be as bad as all that.

    Second, I’ve been amazed that some of the things I’ve written that I thought were too simplistic or so obvious were some of the most well-received and produced great conversations. People really responded to it.

    And besides reading because you present good stuff, a lot of us are also reading because we like you. I would say get yourself in a good rhythm of writing and just let it rip. We’ll stick with you, I promise. 🙂
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    • philip says:

      There is a lot of crazy stuff out here on this vast interweb…… Thanks for your encouragement. My biggest obstacle is time, both when I truly don’t have any, and when I do but tell myself I don’t.