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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

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

from whence our Inspiration?

January9

“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

John 4:35

There is a hapless fellow in our community that came to me because he wanted a job. I asked him what he envisioned as his career-path over the next five years.

However, he was not interested in coaching, and only wants a: “job that pays [him] enough to go on missions and lets [him] retire at fifty-five”.

In the absence of that, he asked if I would be interested in giving him money for a Ministry that connected people in China and taught them how to play golf. I was, admittedly, skeptical, and, instead invited him to drive around Alpharetta with me to pick up bags of clothes for kids that, for example, don’t have matching shoes. NOTE: This is an effort underway through one of our Shocker Mom’s, Mary Guthrie.

He was not interested, some how, in that opportunity.

I can’t be certain from whence these people come from. But, come they do. And, I find myself drawing inspiration, of sorts, from them.

As readers of this Blog, for example, know, I’ve long evaluated many religions, and draw my actions from many of them. The Christian Bible offers that quote above from the book of John. And, it’s a reminder that, perhaps we need to be open-minded from whence we draw our inspiration, and to keep our eyes open, for all manner of opportunity.

I say this, in part, because opportunity abounds today. A current theme of my Blog, of late, has been commodities-centric. Good and bad, success and failure, are all relative. One mans misfortune may be at the hands of another’s great hopes and efforts. An example is a new “home” that was a recent short-sold house, or that purchased after a foreclosure. Of course war, and competition are other examples.

In any event, the imposing image of the above pictured canine offers critical perspective in terms of how we can see the world around us, and how we treat and relate to the gifts around us.

Pick your battles carefully. Seek truth and light. Serve where you can. Be an example.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

Disclaimer: Obviously, the animal pictured above is not Rowdy – and, that is certainly  no sofa I’d have in my possession (at least in this decade).

have Faith in your demons

January25

In a recent email exchange, my friend PJ Bain said:

“On another topic, don’t lose your Faith – you seemed to be bending gray matter and fighting some demons around this the other day.”

I am always fighting something.

I am, I fear, my own demon.

However, I am also convinced this is how God keeps me sharp and on my toes.  I never rest and am always vigilant in my quest and commitment to serve others.

This often comes in the form of “stirring the pot”.

Fortunately, this has become a terrific filter.  Men who care to know me are often drawn to my heart, and then later, my deeds.

I work so very hard to reflect and represent what I feel is the “image”.

More later.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

Being Larry

March16


I was a Member of the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department in Lousiville, Colorado from 1993 to 1998.

Being a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (“EMT”) was one of the coolest and most fulfilling things I have done with my life.

But, I feel that I learned the most about helping people, and having a Servants Heart from Larry.

There is a lot of tedium around being a Fireman. Fire Calls and Emergency Services are exciting. Training with the equipment and drilling is interesting and physically taxing. But, there are also endless hours of cleaning the fire station and inspecting equipment.

Larry just showed up one day at Fire Station #2. He was mentally challenged. So, he could not serve as a Fireman. But, if you asked him to do any thing he would start running around and flapping his arms yelling “I am helping… Larry is helping”! at the top of his voice.

Mind you… Larry rarely got any thing done. But, he was happy to be part of things and he wanted to help. He found simple joy in just loving people and a willingness to perform the most menial of tasks.

I often refer to unselfish people that help others as “Larry”.

Beginning in 2007, we will be giving awards to members of the community that help others. Please feel free to nominate a “Larry”. I can’t wait to hear their story and learn something from them.

Peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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