No One Wants Rotten Miracles

Sometimes when I am trying to figure out whether my faith lies on the side of belief of unbelief I’ll go watch the clip below.

There is magic in that movie. There is a spark of something I can’t quite put my finger on but it is there. Maybe it is because I relate to Moonlight Graham and recognize that we don’t know how many significant days there will be in our lives.

It is part of why I try to do be present, aware and awake each day. I don’t want to fall into a routine where I just pass the days, can’t say it doesn’t happen from time to time, but I try to minimize those things.

“You Rush a Miracle Man, You Get Rotten Miracles”

I am on the verge of something large, something huge and wonderful. Been pushing for this for a long time and now I think I just might have it.

Don’t know if it is the sort of thing I can or should refer to as a miracle, but I am excited and it has been a long time coming. Not trying to be a tease or a pain-in-the-ass about this either, but until it is 100 percent done I don’t want to speak any more directly than I am now.

Call me superstitious and call me realistic.

The realistic part refers to understanding that if we aren’t pleased with how things are it is up to us to make a change. I am doing just that and I am very pleased to be able to show my kids the value of persistence and sustaining our effort.

Good things come from that.

There Are no Short Cuts or Nigerian Princes Coming To Save You

Most of us will never be able to benefit from short cuts presented by winning the lottery or inheriting large sums of money. It is not a bad thing, it just means we have to work hard to get what we need and what we want.

Even those of us who hold official positions in the Church of the Treefrog and are teachers of Sacred Dance aren’t exempt from work.

On a serious note it reminds me of discussions I have had with friends and co-workers about whether a “good work ethic” has any real meaning.

We want to be known for being hard workers but we also want to be known as smart workers. Sometimes a good work ethic makes me think of someone on an assembly line who can work all day long or a migrant worker out in the fields.

They work hard and they deserve much credit, but I can’t help but wonder if they are just good at grinding it out.The world always needs grinders but we also need thinkers too.

Opportunity Knocks?

Sometimes you recognize opportunity when it knocks and sometimes you beat on the door until it answers.

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  1. Judy Lee Dunn January 25, 2013 at 7:19 am

    “Field of Dreams” is @bobwp’s best friend’s favorite movie. I need to watch it again sometime because I can’t remember all of it goodness. : )

    This post is so timely for me because I am at just that moment in my life where I am trying to merge the hard worker and smart worker into one. It is hard! Sometimes success comes at the intersection of luck and hard work, but hard work in a kind of strategic way. I started an incredible, intensive course for writers this week and the ‘right brain’ me is colliding with the need to have a strategic, goal-focused plan for execution. I have already learned way more than the dollar value of this course.

    Your insights are so helpful, Jack.

    • Jack January 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Judy,

      It took some time for my thick head to process the need to distinguish between hard and smart. It is great to be a hard worker but if you don’t integrate smart the value is diminished. I am curious to hear about your writing course, sounds intriguing.

  2. Julie Barrett January 25, 2013 at 3:11 am

    That first scene is like my head yesterday. I had all these people telling me horrible news (as a form of prediction, not as accomplished fact) and in my head I kept hearing something I was once told,”It’ll turn out better than you think.” I think part of me just REFUSES to give up and assume all is lost. I don’t like to lay down in the road to get run over.

    Therefore it is kind of a thrill to see your dreams coming true 🙂

    • Jack January 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Hi Julie,

      The fighting spirit makes all the difference. I am a big believer in that. Am very excited, nervous ‘cuz there is a ton going on but good nonetheless.

  3. Tony Dowling January 25, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Nice work Jack

    I love your idea of being present – something I feel Ive always tried to do too, especially with family. Its so easy to switch off and try and relax, which is easy, but no good for those waiting for you to walk through the door.

    I dont always manage it, but I try. And posts like this help 🙂

    • Jack January 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Tony,

      It is a real challenge for me and always has been. My mind is usually operating at a million miles per minute so it is easy for me to get lost in thought. The downside of tremendous focus is sometimes you don’t hear what is being said.

      So, I try to remind myself with this post and conversations. Appreciate your joining in, hope you have a great start to your weekend. We’re still several hours away from it.

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