Archive for April, 2008

Friends

Since get­ting some dis­turb­ing news from a friend, I’ve been doing a lot of think­ing about the peo­ple in my life.  As I tend to have moments of deep intro­spec­tion, this has been some intense thought. I’ve been look­ing at the peo­ple who are tru­ly impor­tant to me and the places they hold in my life.

Karl — my old­est friend and the per­son with whom I am clos­er than any­one else. It’s odd that he and I would have ever become friends, because the set­ting in which we orig­i­nal­ly met was not con­ducive to our ever get­ting to tru­ly know one anoth­er, and cer­tain­ly not con­ducive to build­ing a strong bond of friendship. Yet we did, and that friend­ship has been of the most impor­tant in my life.

Sam and Cyn — family. My friend­ship with this cou­ple is com­fort­able and reliable. These peo­ple are fam­i­ly, be we genet­i­cal­ly relat­ed or not.  I can’t imag­ine not hav­ing them in my life. I don’t get to see them as much as I would like, but I know they are always there for me.Â

Rick and Eliz­a­beth — fam­i­ly of a dif­fer­ent sort. One is the sib­ling you hat­ed in child­hood and love as adults. The oth­er is the strange cousin you fight with when you’re togeth­er, apol­o­gize to imme­di­ate­ly, and miss when you don’t see one anoth­er.

David and Chad — I start­ed out as friends with David. We have almost every­thing in com­mon; we even come from the same small town. He is one of the dear­est peo­ple I know. His hus­band Chad became my friend just because he was with David. That didn’t last. Though we have lit­tle in com­mon, we found that we real­ly like one another. I know I can count on both of these friends no mat­ter what.

Kei­th — I’ve only known Kei­th for less than two years, but in that time he has become one of the most impor­tant peo­ple to ever enter my life. Not only do I like him and enjoy spend­ing time with him, but I have no doubts of my abil­i­ty to count on him. This some­one I know would nev­er will­ing­ly or know­ing­ly do any­thing against my best inter­ests.

I some­times can’t believe how amaz­ing­ly for­tu­nate I am to have these peo­ple in my life. Now.…if only things can be worked out so that we don’t lose one of them.

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Posted on April 5th 2008 by James

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I still exist

I real­ly need to work on keep­ing this blog more cur­rent! I’m going to try. No promis­es oth­er than that I’ll do what I can. (Not that many peo­ple read this thing, so most of this is direct­ed toward myself.)

Lots has been hap­pen­ing late­ly, most of it insane. <g> My job con­tin­ues to be far too much stress and respon­si­bil­i­ty for far too lit­tle mon­ey. My work on ADF’s Cler­gy Train­ing Pro­gram is going much slow­er than I would like…but still faster than what oth­er peo­ple are doing. I guess I con­tin­ue to expect too much of myself.

In a cou­ple of weeks I will be fly­ing to Cal­i­for­nia to vis­it my friend Karl. We haven’t seen one anoth­er in sev­er­al years, although we talk three or four times a week. (Being on the same cel­lu­lar net­work has its advan­tages!)

Okay…just got some bad news, not sure how to react to it. I’ll post more lat­er.

Posted on April 4th 2008 by James

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