Teaching Doctors…with lolipops.

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“Sometimes I learn more from a visit than the patient does” – from a doctor visit this summer

Often we underestimate what we’re actually capable do doing, of accomplishing.   Generally it’s because we don’t look a certain way, don’t have an influential job, or enough money to give Scrooge McDuck a run for his bin.  We spend too much time actively – or more likely passively – listening to a culture beholden to what C.S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery”: the idea that anything from the past isn’t worth listening to simply because it is past.  It’s a much nicer way of describing “shiny ball syndrome” – the disease of chasing whatever is new (not to be lumped in with the use of “shiny” from Firefly).

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Margin for a Miracle…

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What margin exists in your life?  Where does nothing less than a miracle need to happen?

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Two Types of Stories…

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How many different types of stories are there?  No, I don’t mean genres like Science-Fiction or various sub-genres such as  cyberpunk or space opera (i.e. Blade Runner or Star Wars; two movies with a glaring commonality).  An expert in literature or well read aficionado will tell you there are only seven literary tropes or archetypes.  I disagree.

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The Foolish Muppet

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Foolish (adj):  silly or ridiculous; lacking good sense or judgment.

He is small.  He is slow, walking with the aid of a stick.  Oldness exudes from his being. His complexion is a sickly grey-green.  Moreover, he’s a Muppet!  No, he’s not a frog, nor is his name Kermit, but I think they’d have been great friends in a “crossing the streams” sort of way; they do both like to hang out in swamps, after all.  I can imagine them patiently fishing together and the amphibian chiding the other for his terrible lack of lyrical skills as they attempt to sing a duet of “Rainbow Connection”.

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Conscience, thy name is Ramona (and I don’t mean Flowers)

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Growing up watching Disney’s Pinocchio – and presently watching shows like ABC’s Once Upon a Time – you’re presented with the idea that your conscience is a good thing, right?  The inner voice that keeps you on the strait and narrow, away from harm.  But what about when your conscience no longer sounds like Jimminy Cricket but rather the annoying voice of one Ramona Nowitzki?

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Trial and Community: The Saga Continues…

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When we last left our intrepid heroes…

Moving down hallway, only stare at ceiling.  Similar questions.  How did it happen?  FENX!  They don’t understand?  Phone. Facebook. Picture.  Not working.  Max is trying now, success.  Shock and amazement:  “You got hit in THAT?  Can I have one?”  Mind jumps to  Leia in Star Wars:  “You came here in that?!  You’re braver than I thought!”  3…2…1…hospital bed now.  Young doctor trying to talk to me; better than Dr. Allen at Shriners…

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Trial and Community

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No one wakes up on a given morning thinking that they’ll be a focal point, a lightning rod, for action.  You don’t think you’ll be the conduit through which community is displayed in a powerful way.  It’s certainly not expected shortly after you tell a small group of men that one of the ways that community is evident is when members allow their lives to be interrupted because another needs them.  Nevertheless, life has a way of being ironic.

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My One Word: Dependence

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A few months ago, I found myself fulfilling one of the smaller things in life I wanted to accomplish:  ride the new Star Tours (Star Wars) ride at Disney Hollywood Studios with my brother.  Having visited Disney World late last year to experience the ride, the circle just wasn’t complete without him there.  Over the course of the weekend in Florida, where I actually crossed path with a friend that I met at Disney last year, I found myself reflecting on where life was one year ago and much that had happened since.  A year ago the occupational component of my life went into a tail-spin as I got to see what a congressional scandal looks like from a vantage point that – while not first row and behind the class at center ice – was far closer than I ever wanted.  When the “situation couldn’t get worse” it did, twice over.   At one of the highest points of life, seeing 25 incredible teenage leaders be bequeathed the mantle of Reborn Ranger, one of the worst things happened:  my job was being taken from me and I was powerless to arrest that development.  I had shared with the Rangers about having spent 30 years learning how to be dependent, and now they were seeing me have to live it.

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A world without Star Wars?!

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“And God chose the foolish things of this world to confound the wise…” – 1 Corinthians 1:27

Growing up my Dad would sometimes ask me the question that I hated, the question I never had a good answer to:  “Son, what would you do if we lived in a world where there was no Star Wars; what would you do without it?

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Make the word small…

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The world is just too big Mom” – Clark Kent  “Then make is small, Clark” – Martha Kent, Man of Steel

A month ago, the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, released.  Back then I wrote about much of the Christian theology present in the film due to already being present in the mythology of the Last Son of Krypton before the creative team made decisions on the film itself.  Since then, it’s not all the symbolism of the film that’s been coming to mind, or the Superpowers or awesome feats, but the worn shoe-sole practicality that this film presents the viewer without realizing it’s doing it.  It’s true that Superman is big and large scale in the sense of how he is presented as a hero and what he sets out to do.  His father, Jor-El makes plain that “you will give them something to strive for, they will run after you, they will stumble, they will fall, but in time they will join you in the sun” – that’s some role.  And he goes on to save the planet from the maniacal General Zod – who in a wonderful nod and twist of plot kneels before Kal this time.

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