Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hobbies

I'm convinced that I have too many hobbies. I like to think that I'm good at so many things that there just isn't enough of my time to go around. I like to think that, but more likely it is that my attention span is short and my talents are so spread out that they rarely come to their full fruition, becoming a Jack of all Trades and a master of none.

I've been in the process of setting some of my hobbies aside to make way for those that currently interest me more, figuring out which ones are deserving of more time. Unfortunately, the process actually takes me away from doing the hobbies themselves. I've been getting a lot more reading in, but my writing has suffered along with music, graphic manipulation fun, and (as you probably noticed) blogging. I haven't been blogging. That's how much I haven't been writing. Add in other fairly new hobbies, such as gardening and bonsai, and there just isn't enough time. This doesn't account for other things I consider hobbies, like watching movies, video games, word puzzles, hiking and camping. I know there are some in there I'm missing too.

I want to say that I'm going to be paring down the hobbies, but more likely I'll add more and more. What I need to be doing is arranging my time to enjoy them all more fully, perhaps even lowering expectations for some of them and adjusting my time accordingly. It all comes down to enjoying hobbies for what they are and not turning them into a chore I don't like doing anymore. I don't want a hobby to feel like a job. Here's a question: if my job were one of my hobbies, would it cease being fun?

On that note, my wife got a job with the state. She likes it better than her last job.

Monday, September 01, 2008

You Don't Have To Yell

It seems like whenever people get to talking about politics, they become more heated than they normally do about other things. Many Christians get more excited about these things than they do about talking about and living like Jesus. In a time of recycled and heartless music, there are few artists that portray the heart of a poet and of a servant. Chris Rice is one of these few. I thought I would share these lyrics with everyone, and when you start thinking about politics and opinions, remember who you serve.

You Don't Have To Yell
by Chris Rice

So-called reality
Right there on my TV
If that's how life's supposed to be, well
Somebody's lyin'
The camera's on and we can tell
To keep your fame you have to yell
'Cause tensions build, and products sell, and
We're all buyin'
I hope we're smarter than this

Everybody take a breath
Why are all your faces red
We're missin' all the words you said
You don't have to yell
Draw your lines and choose your side
‘Cause many things are worth the fight
But louder doesn't make you right
You don't have to yell, oh
You don't have to yell

I tuned in to hear the news
I don't want your point of view
If that's the best that you can do, then
Something's missin'
And experts on whatever side
You plug your ears, you scream your lines
You claim to have an open mind, but
Nobody's listenin'
Don't you think we're smarter than this?

Everybody take a breath
Why are all your faces red
We're missin' all the words you said
You don't have to yell
Draw your lines and choose your side
Many things are worth the fight
But louder doesn't make you right
You don't have to yell
You don't have to yell

Everybody take a breath
Why are all your faces red
We're missin' all the words you said
You don't have to yell
(If everyone will take the step
Back away and count to ten
Clear your mind and start again
We won’t have to yell)
Draw your lines and choose your side
Many things are worth the fight
But louder doesn't make you right
You don't have to yell
You don't have to yell

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