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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

pick me, the universe, and finishing well

June17

WordPress has some pretty cool tools that help you track things such as the number of visitors to this Blog (there are a lot of you – and, thanks) on a given day.

One such tool (I am also considering the use of the word implement here, as well), in particular, that I always find intriguing is Search Engine Terms (and a wide variety of word combinations) that people use to find certain blog posts. A recent example that someone apparently used that led to this Blog was: “there is no grand purpose in the universe”.

…also: “ridgeback puppies” is quite popular. Over six thousand hits today alone.

I’ll find the first example inspiring as it led that particular searcher to my blog posts: existentialism isn’t cool it just is and, two sides rhymes with suicide. There, they no doubt found me a man of formidable opinion, wit and conviction.

When people make bold, albeit seemingly sophomoric statements like the universe has no purpose I’ve decided it’s really more a question than a position. That person was likely faced with some form of dilemma – for example – disappointment, or a challenge they felt intimidated by. Thusly, they more likely than not mean: “what is the meaning or purpose of the universe?”

Me! Pick me!

The universe exists to test me and you. Character is more often best when tested. So, the opportunity, and the answer, here, is to finish well.

We all need to have faith in something. So, it might as well begin with ourselves. Then we have our best chance to leverage that divine gift of discernment, and everyone and every thing in the universe wins.

I’m listening to: Not Afraid by Eminem. “Take a step, everybody”. And, I mean it. Also, a variety of stuff by Justin Bieber – because my girls like him, and I want to always understand.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

testing 1 2 3

April7

Evidently character is best when tested.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

God tests character man tempts faith

September17

Along the course of a recent and ferocious discussion with one of my executive coaching clients, we went from talking about virtu and crossing boundaries “using our power for good”, to the untidy topic of how people and families of greatly apparent faith seem to be sorely tested (sickness, tragedy, etc.), really, manifested itself.

Verily I say. We’ve already circulated this amongst those Prudent Gentlemen. It’s a barn-burner, to be sure. And, there is already a lot of pushing and shoving going on.

Things like that happen around me, often.

This may well be one of those taboo-level topics. But, what the hell (or, heaven – who knows yet?).

Come on, we all know Believers, obnoxious or not, that make us scratch our heads because, despite their faith (or, is it because of it), they get their butts kicked by life (or, God) – and, often.

Providing God cares about history books, what if you look at it from an Old Testament perspective… It seems as though God is more interested in testing character, than faith.

This is going to take some pondering on my part.

The trouble is that we’re likely looking at a solution from different sides of the same problem. I expound this because, it has only just now, this very moment, struck me that, and this is deliciously ironic, by leveraging His gift of discernment, God let us create multiple religions. In the very trenches of life and warfare, God set the stage for our greatest challenge – accepting that men must, often, face opposing paths to reach the same goals and objectives.

And, maybe there need be no solution because God remains long after we won’t. God tests character and man tempts faith. Now I wonder if I should revisit that mote in Gods eye.

What if He does not care which religion you subscribe to? And, let’s be clear, I don’t buy it when people dip their toe into the fray with being “spiritual”. Judgment aside, my gut tells me that is wishy-washy bullshit. Under my current thinking, He might be more interested in what you do through your religion, as opposed to why you do it. By the way… Fear of the unknown (which might be were religion is actually spawned) might be part of the equation.

Meanwhile, many religions offer or require rules (commandments, tenants, etc.) that are similar. And, we have murdered one another for centuries in His name (but that seems more Darwinian, to me, than providence). Must we invoke religion, faith, conscience or discernment since it is always better to endure hardship and evil than to perpetrate them? Enduring hardship is certainly a Biblical standard.

It’s all already under my skin, and beneath my fingernails, and has me all itchy. So, look for further discussion investigation once I can come up with additional examples. But, by all means, please offer up a few of your own. Goad me along, please. Test me. God does is all the time. And, He created you possibly for that unique task.

I must admit that I am, and  truly, relishing this exercise. It’s seeking, as I recognize it, with a full heart and cup that would never be half empty.

The results can me memorable, although rarely tragic.

In closing, in the joyous event I still have you with me, consider Scorpion’s Wind of Change – this (get through the first minute) performed in Moscow:

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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The MySpace Experiment

February24

So, this is an experiment.

I read an online article about the Delta Zeta National Sorority kicking a group of sisters out the door for (apparently) not being attractive enough.

The article went on to discuss how MySpace has become an environment where attractiveness has become a commodity, and people are more interested in “friends” that meet a certain physical profile. In fact, the emerging suspicion is that people on MySpace are “renting” profiles in an attempt to appear more attractive to strangers than they actually view themselves. This is accomplished by using pictures of other people (possibly models) and making false claims around their accomplishments, financial status – and, obviously marital status. If this is accurate, then this might indicate that MySpace has lost it’s social integrity.

I fired up a MySpace profile to see what type of reaction a 46 year old white guy living in Alpharetta “Horse Country” who is happily married with kids can generate. As you can see from my photo, I don’t qualify as a model. I am, by most definitions, successful as a family and business man.

Stay tuned for updates around this exercise.

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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