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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

reflection? realization?

January18

I love New Years Month, and the turn of the new year, largely because it’s a time where we all (or some /1) take the opportunity to reevaluate our lives, assess where we’ve been, and plan where we’re going. 

It’s a phenomenal event, pivotal, and magnificent. 

I hope you all take the time to do it.

As for my assessing 2008, I found that I’d been so greatly blessed.  I had a splendid year; nearly incomparable in fact.  Even in spite of such tough times (global – if not epic in it’s very proportions). 

The brief time (so far) I’ve taken to reflect has surely manifested Gods hand in my life.  I do feel unworthy – and, certainly incapable of creating such a great year autonomously.

But, then, the business man in me forces me to oft revisit the notion that God has a plan for us; And, we are in-charge of the milestones.

The realization of that reflection caused me to rededicate my life in many respects. Just to be clear, I reboot this, and myself continuously. My Mom taught me to question every thing, and accept nothing.

Cork Interlude: By the way…  I have no idea where this Blog entry is going.

It will sort itself out.

And, that is one of the points I MIGHT be trying to make here.

One of those areas of rededication is with my Blog.  I feel strongly that this is an endeavor the people want me to undertake. God and my friends have blessed me with the talents to do only a few things well.  And, so perhaps it’s my duty to use those talents appropriately – leaving room for the Spirit, or the meaning behind the Spirit to magnify my efforts so that they’ll be of enduring value.

Wow… I certainly have a high opinion of myself.

But, if I am wrong, why am I then so fortunate?

In any event, the whole process of reflection upon the past with the perspective of today tends to call out the starkest instances of entropy /2 experienced in our lives.  Those areas where we’ve let slip the most.  Those are the areas we need to proactively rededicate ourselves to. 

And, I never rest (just ask anybody at all close to me). I am concerned (and curious [and questioning]) about EVERYTHING.

Or, am I simply restless?

Life is not casual.  Life is engaging, and requires us to be engaged with it.  Spend too much time as a bystander, and you find your life is filled with more regret, than accomplishment and opportunity.

“Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness”. 

Doctrine and Covenants 58:27 (I believe this is from the Book of Mormon). /3

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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1/ Let’s be ever mindful of the reality that ten percent of us have ninety percent of what everyone else wants.

2/ Entropy.  It’s a concept that describes the natural deterioration of order.  It’s a process of degeneration that begins almost instantly, in almost everything.

3/ Don’t panic (I’m not).  I am not Mormon; nor considering the faith – other than using (leveraging? /4) scripture to TRY and make a point. I was asked recently if I were Jewish. I took that as a compliment.  So, before this ignites a firestorm in my community – go and read my entire Blog history. Or, call me.  But, you might have to buy me a beer (or, many). Modelo Especial, please (right babe?). But, just to be clear, I remain a Heterodox.

4/ Are we ALLOWED to use a footnote within footnotes?

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