Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Type-A(?) Tuesday

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
John Lennon (1940 - 1980), "Beautiful Boy"

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
Saki (1870 - 1916), "The Square Egg", 1924

I’ve never been a math person. I scraped pretty good grades by doing all of the homework and extra credit, while hopefully passing the tests. Thankfully, I had a few good teachers who believed the good theory that it’s mostly the hard work and discipline that counts in life, not merely getting the right answers. In spite of being disinclined to mathematical enterprise (my checkbook is ever unapologetically unbalanced), I was inspired to do some math after my pastor’s example several weeks ago. Based upon the average lifespan for people in the US, and barring any major illness or accident, I have approximately 19,000 days entrusted to me. Of course, it could be 1 day, or 10,000, or 25,000. But the point is, there is a limit. My days here are not everlasting, though I often act on the belief that they are.

I still love the song ‘Gone’ from the Switchfoot album The Beautiful Letdown. I remember a time a few years ago when I bought the album and listened to it for about two months solid.

She said he said live like no tomorrow
Every day we borrow
Brings us one step closer to the edge (infinity)
Where your treasure, where’s your hope
Forget the world and lose your soul
She pretends like she pretends like she’s immortal
Don’t say so long
You're not that far gone
This could be your big chance to make up
Today will soon be

Gone, like yeterday is gone,
Like history is gone,
The world keeps spinning on,
You're going going gone,
Like summer break is gone,
Like Saturday is gone
Just try and prove me wrong
You pretend like you're immortal (you're immortal)

We are not infinite
We are not permanent
Nothing's immediate
We’re so confident
In our accomplishments
Look at our decadence

She said he said live like no tomorrow
Every moment that we borrow
Brings us closer to the God who’s not short of cash
Hey Bono, I’m glad you asked
Life is still worth living, life is still worth living

--{respect and credit to Jon Foreman & co.}

Now that you have that song running through your mind for the rest of the day, here's my plan. As you may have guessed from the quotations at the beginning of this post, I'm more a fan of the concept that the strength of any plan is in its ability to be flexible and adaptive than on the side of exacting and rigid scheduling, so all apologies to you type-A's out there, this may not actually come to pass. However, my plan is to post every weekday for a period of time. I have oodles of exciting topics on every subject under the sun ready to go, and I'm open to suggestions. Really, I don't know if I'll live up to every-day thing forever, but I'd like to give it a whirl if you don't mind. So stay tuned for some good posting to come. Also this week, I'm posting at Silhouettewords.com (see the link on the right and check out some awesome writing in Silhouette version 3 by my friends and fellow writers).

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