Wednesday Hodgepodge: 6 September 2017

Well, it's been two months ... I suppose we can try this again ...

The Wednesday Hodgepodge appears courtesy of From This Side Of The Pond.

1. When you think about your future what do you fear most? Hope for the most?

Strictly speaking, I'm not sure that I "fear" for anything about the future.  I've been blessed with many good things --- far more than many other people have ---- and whatever the future brings, I know I'll move through it just fine.

But ... what am I concerned about the most about the future?   I "fear" that the things that I've committed to doing won't bear fruit.   I "fear" that all the time and energy and passion that I put into so many things will result in nothing, and that all of that will have been wasted.   And, hey, if that happens, I'll still have a ton of blessings.   But it wouldn't be what I'd want.

What do I "hope for the most"?   Well ... pretty much the opposite of that.   I hope that I'm making a difference.   But one of the peculiarities of the roles I'm in is that I rarely get to see the results of my efforts.   If I'm effective, the effects show up long after the effort.

2. September is National Chicken Month. How often is chicken on the menu at your house? What's a favorite dish made with chicken? What's something you're a 'chicken' about doing or trying?

Chicken is a pretty frequent staple, though in many different forms.   Partly that's because I discovered grilling a few years ago, and marinated chicken is extremely easy to make (and tasty, too).

A favorite dish?   My wife has a recipe from one of her cookbook's that we call "Noah's Chicken".   It's basically chicken breasts marinated in lemon juice, topped with bread crumbs and onion slices, then baked.   It's quite nice.

What am I "chicken" about?   Increasingly ... social media.    I self-censor quite a bit of what I say online, because it would impair my ability to do my job.   But lately, I'm self-censoring quite a bit of what I would say on other topics, because other communities of mine object to what I say, and it interferes with my ability to be part of those communities.   It's increasingly frustrating.   And I'm not willing to create more conflict than I'm already drawn into, so I back down.

And if that sounds vague ... it's because it is, if you get my meaning ...

3. What are three things you don't own but wish you did?

I really am content with most of what I have; the things I wish for aren't things that can be owned.  But if you insist ... I'd take a man cave.   Beyond that ... it's really hard to pick anything else that's a "thing".

4. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one? Elaborate.  If you answered one, which one?

Jack of all trades.   Much of what I do already fits into this description; I have a wide variety of skills that combine in curious ways.

5. Ketchup or mustard? On what?

It's only relatively recently (i.e. within the last 10 years) that I discovered that mustard was a useful condiment of its own.   I'll use both on things that seem appropriate (e.g. hot dogs, burgers).   I'm not dogmatic on the issue.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

It's been a long couple of months.   Part of my fatigue is the usual stress that comes at the end of every academic term (our term here ends at the end of September).   Part of it is dealing with stress at home, stress at church, stress at work (other than end-of-term stress) that all seem to be coinciding.  I'm muddling through ... because, ultimately, that's what we all have to do.   Nothing gets easier in wallowing through it.

I posted a self-affirmation list on my Facebook wall the other day.   One of the items on the list said simply "You don't have to go fast; you just have to go."   That's life right now for me.   Just ... going.

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