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Realizations!

Realizations!

Happy New Year!

Now that I have that out of the way, let’s get down to business.  I’m going to make this short and to the point.  This is not a resolution, this is a realization.  I’ve decided to change things up a little with my blog.

First of all, I’m going to be more consistent.  I think I overshot on my goal for the blog.  I’d have to actually look back but I think that I started out writing every day, then a couple of times a week and then when something popped into my head.  I’m going to be more realistic with my goals this year.  My goal for the blog this year is to write twice a month.  This may seem to you that I’m being lazy but hear me out.  I don’t want to force myself into writing something just because I gave myself a deadline of having a “weekly” blog.  There are times when I could probably write three a day but then there are more times when I struggle to find one thing that I think is interesting enough to write about.  And now that my actual job is taking me away from my “real” life for two-week stints at a time, writing once a month allows me to mull things over, to steep if you will, on a few subjects and then pick the one that I think would be the best to write about. So, goal number one, CONSISTENCY.

Second, I feel like I am limited on what I can write about by putting pressure on myself to be funny.  Sometimes I’m not funny but I still have things that I think I need to say, whether you want to read them or not.  So I’m re-vamping my content.  Most of the time I find things very funny, even if they are at my expense but there are a lot of times over this last year that I’ve felt like I need to write and post but I held back because I didn’t want to make it seem like I was being a Debbie Downer.  Therefore, I am giving myself permission to just write my thoughts, whether they be funny or not. Goal number two: A MORE VARIED CONTENT.

And finally, and this really is more of a goal for the year than for the blog, By the end of 2013, I would like to have a book proposal ready to send out in order to try to actually make money with this writing thing.  I did not meet the goal I set for myself this last year because I had hoped to have a proposal ready to send out by last spring.  That, obviously, did not happen.  So third and final goal, TO HAVE A BOOK PROPOSAL READY TO SEND OUT.

If any of you have any topics you would like me to ponder and write about, or you want to know how I feel about a certain subject, please feel free to comment, or to go to my Facebook page (there’s a button on the right side, you should totally click it to ‘LIKE’ me and drop me a line and I’ll do what I can.  No promises though because if you ask me to write about things like the Kardashians, or Toddlers and Tiaras, you will be denied.  And frowned upon.  And made fun of.

That is all.

 

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

They (whoever they are…I’ve always believed that there is a committee somewhere in the world who is this “they” and that “they” make all of the world’s final decisions as to what is said in definitive matters) say that a picture is worth a thousand words. I think in pictures and my mind never stops.  So on average, I probably have at least a million words trampling around on my gray matter at any one time.

Most of the amusement in my life comes from the way my brain processes what I am seeing or how I frame things. For instance, whenever a friend starts telling me a story from when they were a kid, no matter how they describe themselves or what the story is about, I ALWAYS see that friend the same way. My brain creates a video clip of a child running around an asphalt playground. And then I see the head. It’s the adult head of my friend. So the complete pictures is of my adult friend’s head sitting atop the body of a child running around in circles, waving little T-Rex-like arms around. It’s very similar to a Mii from the Nintendo Wii system.

When I read certain stories in the Bible, I do this too. And with today’s technology (or a pen and a few index cards) I was able to capture the visual images that go through my head as I read or hear a certain part of the story of Abraham and Isaac. If you are not familiar with the story, what basically happened (I’m leaving out some details just so that you don’t get overwhelmed with them) is that God blessed Abraham and Sarah (Abe’s wife) with a son when they were way old. They had always wanted kids but couldn’t have any so Isaac (said son) was kind of a big deal.

One day, God decided to test Abraham. God told him to take Isaac to the region of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering. So Abraham gets up the next day, tries to act all normal and takes Isaac up a mountain. Isaac’s not stupid though, he says,

“The fire and wood are here but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

And Abraham tells him that God will supply it and so they take off. They get to the place God told them to go and Abraham tries to act normal, building the the altar and arranging the wood. All of a sudden, Abe whips out a knife to kill his son.

But an angel speaks and tells Abraham not to sacrifice Isaac. He has proven himself as being fearful and obedient to God. Then Abraham notices a ram caught in a thicket and sacrifices it as the offering. The angel tells Abraham that he will be blessed because of his obedience and everybody heads home.

Nothing is ever mentioned about how Isaac reacted or what he said during all of this. So without further ado, I give you my take (please note that this is not completely accurate. I said my mind thought in pictures, I didn’t say they were biblically accurate or up to par with a van Gogh) on the story of Abraham and Isaac, as told in Genesis 22….

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Inside Jenn's Brain

 

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