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I dare you to Cross ME

December12

Hey Boys (defined as, Arol Wolford, Barry Morrow and Jim Eckstein*).

So… I stumbled upon a gallant group of inspired men that very much remind of you (other) three.

This group meets here in Alpharetta. I thought this was a simple small group for Bible study. However, these fellows are extremely bright, articulate, and full-on Catholics. Indeed, their focus is Regnum Christi. A far cry from the typical Southern Baptist dicks-on-the-table and tissue-box fair that defines many things Atlanta.

I joined them this morning and was instantly galvanized, inspired (kind of intimidated) and very much enthused. I immediately valued and loved the traditions and rituals I witnessed. While complicated, it occurred to me (maybe reminded) that religion is also fun and interesting. Key words: History, Perception, and Discernment.

I’m ever so confident they are taken aback somewhat by my sophomoric evangelistic “Christian-ness”; and, decidedly unschooled, at that. However, they appear determined to live-up collectively to the designs of Regnum Christi, and are pondering the appropriate training wheels for me. They have an App!

So… This is probably a big mistake. And, I may set the Catholic faith, and certainly their tolerance and patience back a century or two. But, I am going to pursue this effort with vigor – and you three are gonna help me!

I am lifting Arol up(!) today, with his dear and departed Ralph Paradise.

I know I see Arol next Friday. And, I hope Jim and Barry thereabouts.

With that, hugs abound.

NOTE: I’m having lunch with Durwood Snead on the 30th. I plan on talking about you all with enough vigor to make your ears burn.

brian patrick cork
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* Nope… Not Jewish. However, he would be a really cool Jewish dude.

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

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