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I don’t know how to sing the blues

July9

borrowed, with gratitude from, Humans of New York : http://lnkd.in/bgtFJi5

the rest is me. sometimes we need examples of who not to be and what not to do.

some people channel such BULLSHIT through their lives.

so… that got me to the following:

Joanne has cancer. I spend almost every minute of the day willing her to be healed. I would take every ounce of strength I have and infuse her with it. I would give her every last drop of blood and white blood cells I can generate. I would carry her to the top of the mountain if I thought God could hear me more clearly.

this morning I ventured out to Starbucks in my Jeep. I often do annoying things that might include singing country songs at the top of my voice out of key, pray, play music loud (my current favorite to the horror of my neighborhood) is, What It’s Like (not a country song) by Everlast, from the Whitey Ford Sings the Blues album. it fits nicely with an open-air Jeep Wrangler (in Milton, Georgia this is the new Porsche).

a prayer popped into my head. then I realized it was a poem. then thought it might be a prayer. but, $@&% it… I meant it.

I love God He keeps me on my feet I love God He does not know the meaning of defeat I love God He keeps me on my toes I love God he is the architect of my woes I love God He makes me strong I love God He confuses my understanding of luck and fortuna I love God I beg him to make Jo well Soona (that was me rollin a bit ghetto).

so… what if poems are a form of prayer? does that mean stupid poems possess the potential to piss off God? if it makes me feel better, I think that’s a good sign.

…this reminds me… I wish Brandon, the creator and curator of Human of New York, would offer a method other than TUMBLR to share his own efforts. I wonder if he hears me?

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

connections are as simple as 315

September21

I don’t know how in the hell (thats funny considering the content of this blog post) I come up with these post titles. but you gotta admit this is witty and apropos.

how many of you reading this know what apropos means without looking it up?

most of the following is part of an email exchange where I am working to connect several friends and other types.

read it. do it now! and, I’ll let you sort it out.

voila!

George Landolt (www.georgelandolt.com) meet Mark Pendleton (http://the315project.com/stories/mark-pendleton/ and www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-pendleton/1/907/864).

I consider George a dear and long-standing friend.

I coached Mark for awhile and have come to genuinely admire and respect him. I also suspect that he and I are destined to be in some form of business together. Meanwhile, God clearly is working diligently within him and girding him for epic battle on a plain most can’t comprehend; but I believe George is well-equipped to appreciate.

I’ll trust you good men to get acquainted. Only good will come of it.

Meanwhile, I am also throwing Todd Miechiels (http://the315project.com) into this fray. Although Todd kind of bugs me, I value the potential in this effort and believe it can be transformational. I walked with Todd for awhile but he can’t hear me very well. To be fair to Todd he has often asked me to connect him with certain types of people. And, for reasons that remain unclear to myself I often could not hear him. Although I did connect him with Mark (and Chip Brackley (www.linkedin.com/pub/chip-brackley/3/201/a11), with whom Mark is also connected [and, copied on this email as well just because the mood strikes me, and I kind of miss Chip]). While this is a convoluted message, I feel that it’s point needs to be George putting love on both Mark and Todd. My heart tells me George knows a lot of good men that will appreciate what Todd does. The power realized within his talents are clear and evident with Mark’s video.

Thank you, and all three (four, really) of you, for inspiring me at a level that is currently beyond measure.

By the way… My personal Blog is all “wonky” at the moment. I suspect it’s a WordPress update. but, George asked me recently why I’ve neglected it of late. My lame response was essentially, “I’ve been rather a bit uninspired”. However, I’m probably going to cut-and-past all of this into it to see what happens (and, I did just that).

For several reasons this makes me feel like a “tower jump”. So, now I gotta do it.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

NOTE:

ap·ro·pos  (pr-p) = Being at once opportune and to the point. See Synonyms at relevant.

 

 

 

 

I’ll give, you can take

November26

or… I’ll give as much as you can take.

Peter Mayer has a wonderful song called Holy Now with this marvelous lyric,

“The challenge is not to find a miracle, but to find where there isn’t one.”

I have some big changes afoot. while it’s not spot-on for my situation (which is quite exciting), I want to share this quote with you:

“Beginning empty handed and alone frightens the best of men. It also speaks volumes of just how sure they are that God is with them.”

many people that have known me, walk with me today, and will see me later in life might find this surprising, but I am an introvert. I can be socially awkward. I don’t often relate directly with people. while I love them; all of them, I find myself often standing outside looking in at their lives. I do feel this enables me to help them, and this is something I am called to do with my life’s current vocation. call me a Larry, if you must. is that a Servants heart?

however, much of that is because I can stand in awe of the magic in life, the laughter of friends, the amazing intimacy of feelings that are stirred by my daughters, the inseparability and oneness I share with my wife.

I am thankful, so thankful for all of it. if there have been challenges and disappointments along the way (this will include the events in Colorado, always), I cherish them for guiding me to this place and time.

for all of you who have touched my life, I thank you, and if in some way I have served you, for that too I am thankful.

I hope to see you soon. I sure hope you see me. I want to recognize the face of my Fathers, both earthly and heavenly. inspiration should have no bounds.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

give me liberty or give me apathy

November12

I think it’s fair to say, possibly just admit, that I have lost my zeal for blogging.

it’s not that I no longer have opinions, or have discovered apathy, mind you.

however, I awoke this morning with the thought, which is worse apathy or death? or, are they the same?

…seriously…

so… here I am foisting a blog post upon the lot of you.

this is more about me finding other things beyond my own imagination, view, or standpoint to champion. I have been very much involved with Emma Jo and our soccer. despite me as their coach, Emma Jo and her U12 Shockers Nation found themselves 11-0 on the regular season, and finalists in their first bonafide tournament at the prestigious KOHLS Cup. I’ve also been coaching everyone else’s son in Lacrosse these past eighteen months. and, as evidence of my lack of desire to pontificate, I’ll not trouble you with any of those details. …well, at least for the moment.

meanwhile…

I have made a very conscious decision to stop being so hard on Barack Obama. for bad or worse, he is our Commander-in-Chief. we may not know if he is an anti-Christ until it’s to late. my own sixteen-year-old daughter Haley Anne pointed-out that if most Americans voted for the man, they must see something the minority does not.

she’s pretty bright.

so, we are mostly stupid or mostly right.  only time will tell for the rest of us.

on the other hand, maybe this is Gods own way of forcing the laws of natural selection down our collective throats. the European nations favor Obama. but then they are all sliding towards Socialism, and “misery loves company”, as they say, whomever they are. I suspect they conceived of Socialism as they follow apathy as a form of religion.

reference (I dare you): the secret series: in pursuit of They

in any event, with all of it weighing heavily on my mind, I have recalled a poignant, if not foreboding quote from the formidable Alexander Fraser Tyler, from his indomitable (and, certainly foresightful) work, Cycle of Democracy (1770):

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to Complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.”

okay… so, now what next, neighbor? could we hear the words, “give me liberty or give me death”, again? what might only 300 of us do?

we saw Emma Jo off on her first school away trip early this morning. as I brushed touseled hair from her eyes this morning to wake her as gently as I could, my eyes did tear-up somewhat as my mind ran rampant with memories of high intensity and drama from the weekend, natural apprehension around the pending trip, and a earthly fathers keen desire to protect his child from the rigors of an uncertain future. or, would that be opportunity?

God knows, right? I just want to be part of the solution, and not the problem. so, that is my prayer, today.

peace be to our Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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