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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

wisdom from the grave: Robert Heinlin

June29

yesterday, to the combined horror of my fellow citizens, the United States Supreme Court approved what shall be historically and  universally reviled as Obamacare.

that despite the letter I wrote, to you know whom.

I’m pondering how to explain both the logic and dire implications to my otherwise capitalistic and democratic-minded daughters.  I am at once searching for good in the world, while I plan an Optimistic Gentleman-related revolution.

I must be, after all is said and done, an example.

so, thusly… it’s not just any day I choose to simplify my life or this Blog as a platform for perspective by cutting-and-pasting someone else’s words. however, Mr. Heinlin speaks to us all from proverbial grave with brilliant insight that also establishes a call-to-action.

to wit..

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert Heinlein

in reviewing that impressive list of potentially notable accomplishments, I can yet only aspire to die gallantly. however, that is certainly the plan, despite the lack of  a currently considered strategy.

I’m resolute in my skepticism that Mr. Obama has read much Heinlin, or would value the components of that list. I don’t know from whence he draws his experience. but, I am confident none of it would be leadership, or good example.

allow it to be noted, here, that tonight I am cooking for Joanne.

“behind every great man, there is some woman rolling her eyes.” – Barbara Anne Cork

no caring Mother, and the man she inspires, would support, let fathom Obamacare.

the plan is afoot.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

prayer and change

December17

I don’t pretend to be a Christian.

many people do, though.

but, prayer is for everyone regardless of how or what people define faith – theirs, or otherwise. it focuses the mind and aligns it with heart and spirit.

I tend to pray most when I want something, or think I need something. I used the word “something” twice in one sentence because the concept of the what ever it is renders itself huge.

just like God.

lately I’ve been praying (or, mumbling) quite a bit because of what’s been happening to my Shockers. I’m going to lose a bunch of them and a dream long worked hard for. it feels like treachery and satan and all that stuff. I face a genuine Kobayashi Maru. however, I know darn well that change can be a good thing. it really comes down to what you make of it. character seems to be part of the definition.

so… I’m pondering the whole prayer thing. my question is now this: do I, or that collective we, pray for the things we think we want or need? Or, does He have us pray to align our minds, heart, spirit and actions with what He wants or needs from us?

my eyes are welling up as I tap these words gently into a keyboard. I’m so incredibly blessed, lucky and fortunate . my family is happy and healthy (other than some challenges with school and grades). business is great. and, I feel pretty good as my training continues. so, that list of positive adjectives could run on for some time. but, suffice it to say that the ball has bounced in my favor many times – and, possibly because I always try to do the right thing.

this post is already being populated by words that I had not planned in advance. so, maybe God is carefully at work, because, as I create this message, I’m thinking my prayer(s) need to be that God have me do the right thing(s), soften my heart, and simply steer me where I am actually needed and wanted. I’ll raise my hand.

I just need a path and an opportunity to be a beacon to light that of others.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

prayer and change

December10

I don’t pretend to be a Christian.

many people do, though.

but, prayer is for everyone regardless of how or what people define faith – theirs, or otherwise. it focuses the mind and aligns it with heart and spirit.

I tend to pray most when I want something, or think I need something. I used the word “something” twice in one sentence because the concept of the what ever it is renders itself huge.

just like God.

lately I’ve been praying (or, mumbling) quite a bit because of what’s been happening to my Shockers. I’m going to lose a bunch of them and a dream long worked hard for. it feels like treachery and satan and all that stuff. I face a genuine Kobayashi Maru. however, I know darn well that change can be a good thing. it really comes down to what you make of it. character seems to be part of the definition.

so… I’m pondering the whole prayer thing. my question is now this: do I, or that collective we, pray for the things we think we want or need? Or, does He have us pray to align our minds, heart, spirit and actions with what He wants or needs from us?

my eyes are welling up as I tap these words gently into a keyboard. I’m so incredibly blessed, lucky and fortunate . my family is happy and healthy (other than some challenges with school and grades). business is great. and, I feel pretty good as my training continues. so, that list of positive adjectives could run on for some time. but, suffice it to say that the ball has bounced in my favor many times – and, possibly because I always try to do the right thing.

this post is already being populated by words that I had not planned in advance. so, maybe God is carefully at work, because, as I create this message, I’m thinking my prayer(s) need to be that God have me do the right thing(s), soften my heart, and simply steer me where I am actually needed and wanted. I’ll raise my hand.

I just need a path and an opportunity to be a beacon to light that of others.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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