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I don’t know if God created Humans to Race

October8

so… one of my U14 Girls soccer families includes a son that is stumbling.  one of the Mom’s shared with me a few details. the kid is on a run with bad luck. however, those things change. some times its with a will, more often it’s dealing with the loving hands of a higher power.

but, there is much to be said of attitude.

you don’t need to care about the mom’s soulful and heart-breaking words. my message to her follows. I’ll report back with updates as they are realized.

Hey [REDACTED].

A few ranting points for now, with more specific thinking to follow later:

“Failure” is only realized with a lack of trying. This can mean trying at all, or trying your best.

That said, life tracks to evolution. It’s all about trial-and-error. The entire human race has arrived to our current state due to a lot of failure – more failure than success; but, here we all are. [REDACTED] is too young to be a failure. He has not even tasted enough success for a comparative analysis. Any set-back is a tremendous opportunity to learn and get better. That’s not cliche, it is simple fact.

The irony with much of whom we are as a people is our being referred to as, “the human race”. We compete with one another without rhyme or reason.

I’m a parent too. I fall into the same trap you have. We have expectations for our children. They tend to be a bit undefined. Grades, school, love, competition of all types. The standard for measurement is derived from almost unhuman (I’m not writing, “inhuman”, intentionally) standards. That can be Kardashians, the NFL, Stephen Hawkings, the neighbors kid that got lucky with DNA, or a group of kids that just try harder than everyone else.

Sometimes we gotta slow down. Stop racing. Just listen to our heartbeat. Ask the question, “who am I in this moment?”.

I could be flippant and tell you that [REDACTED] profiles like a decent percentage of .com entrepreneurs. However, that will set the wrong tone.

[REDACTED] must first be able to answer some questions to gain both his footing, and his confidence. Those questions might include:

What are you good at?
What do you want to do (the toughest question EVER).
Who needs you?
Why?
What will you do next?

More later.

I’m happy to meet with [REDACTED].

There will never be an easy answer. His lot may end-up being Biblical. But, his best bet is to be the sort of young man that people ask him what makes him, different.

Brian

P.S… I spent some time living out of my car with my dog, Alex.

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who is your Father now

August28

on this earthly plane we often have one Father pulling and another father pushing.

I threw that into an email exchange about our children I was having with the inestimable John Stein, who says thats profound.

I was thinking it was merely apropos. and, based upon growing experience.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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Call Him what you must

December25

call Him what you will…

“that amorphous deity used to describe the magic, wonder, and beautifully unattainable mystery of our life and universe – describable only in poetry, metaphors, and parables which are often taken a bit too literally resulting in judgement, division, and violence.”

I say God. so, thank you God. but, no religion attached. I’m certain of the one and very open-minded abut the other. just convicted about it all. …all of it.

Merry Christmas.

go listen to, Love Came Down At Christmas, by Jars of Clay. do it!

or, watch it…

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

by the way… I spoke to my brother today. that left me with two thoughts…

I suspect Ken (not my brother) rats me out in a sense without really understanding context.

and,

to sort of quote…  it’s important to forgive.
ask yourself, “what have you had the hardest time forgiving?”
most will reply, “I’m not sure.”
consider, “when have you most needed forgiveness?”
again, most must certainly say, “I’m not sure about that either. I’m not talking about anything big, really. I’m talking about all the small things that need forgiveness. stuff with your brothers and sisters and friends. forgiveness keeps relationships moving. without forgiveness, everything comes to an end.”

let it all; all of it; begin tonight.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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