I've thought about this new blog for a couple of months now.
And I've decided to wait on the political commentary and begin with an examination of who I think I am and where I hope to go - - not only in the near future but in the long haul.
First of all I'm a conservative wannabe because conservative ideals hark back to a time when honor was a precious commodity and not just blah-speak for distinguishing the difference between political philosophies.
I'm an active entitlement consumer. I collect social security and use Medicare and the Veteran's Administration medical services. I am proud to be eligible for these benefits and shameless in using every last one I can strain out of the system! Beats the hell out of a tin cup and/or kissin' my children's asses for cold beer and travel money.
Experience-wise I'm at the beginning of my eighth decade. I'm a Pisces, which I mention only because there is only one thing that that reveals, your emotional strengths and weaknesses - - your personality template, blah, blah.
I judge others by the manner in which they project their personalities. And by their cogent use of conversation. A good example is Mitt Romney. He's a stiff necked, stuff shirt who can afford to have a speech/thought coach on his coat tails 24/7. (Sorry, I said I wasn't going to do politics didn't I?) If it's
not about money, taking someone else's or making a lot of it, he's in la la land. Watch him closely. He walks like he has hemorrhoids. He is one stride away from beginning a walk in circles. And in closing this line of thought - - - recently I noticed a sticker on the face of the gas pump I was using that read: We voted for Obama in 2008 and proved we weren't racists. Now, let's vote for someone else in 2012 and prove we're not idiots! Like I said, High Road or Low?
Of the many things in this life that I've done, the last survival activity has been close to the top of the top ten. After losing my profession (real estate appraiser), my fourth wife (almost made me obsessive compulsive too! !), and lastly my home, I became convinced that only divine dependence would see me through survival. I was to learn once more that this was the truth, in spades!
I had prepared for the inevitable by building a pretty nice, mobile, kitchen trailer. I cobbled it together with funds from liquidating equipment and tools from the farm. I applied my life's experience with learning to cut straight lines with a power saw and keeping broken down shrimp boats afloat on a shoestring. It served me well and quiet desperation was the perfect motivator.
My Toyota truck was paid for and then so was the trailer which passed the Florida Restaurant Division inspection with flyin' colors. Seven months after starting construction, all hoops jumped through, all permits acquired I was ready to open with eleven dollars in my pocket.
My friends Joe and Linda had provided me with a high traffic road site next to their tackle store. They lent me $300 to buy food and paper goods. I spent that money and came back the following day ready to begin the BBQ business with the $11.00 I started with. I opened and sold two pulled pork sandwiches - - - $9.00 !
God and I had some very interesting conversations during the next several weeks. He listens. And you get still. Shut down the mental noise, stop the silent whining, and you listen and pay careful attention. The answers, solutions and provision come with pefect timing. The long and the short of this story?
Want a miracle? Stop wishing. Get some faith. Accept God's terms and His timeline. Quit whining. When He opens a door for you or saves you from self destruction share that glorious small experience with others. You don't need to rehearse or think twice about how or who. He will put the words in your mouth and provide the individuals who need to hear them.
So, I found security, a new level of patience, and the comfort of knowing and having faith. I'm still of this world, I'm vulnerable to its evil, but I have the shield of God's grace.
Steve revealed: An old fart in years. A youngster pining for adventure at heart. A political satirist. A self styled comedian. A lover of words. Experience on the hoof. Love me or hate but have fun doing it! Jewish lawyers call my secretary. Get out and see the world, its facets are countless. Get faith and keep it.