Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Friday, 26 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
We miss a lot of that out.
I was watching Chuggington with Beth the other day. It was the one with the ice cream maestro "Frostini" and his quest for an innovative flavour for the banquet. Anyway - being a train, he couldn't mix the ice cream by hand. He had a machine to do that.
He had a machine to do some of the hard work. It responded to his instructions, but ultimately, the machine took the strain.
So we watch films or tv - and in the interests of plot movement, time saving or generally staving off boredom for those watching in on the lives of the people involved - we don't see the full story. We miss some of the hard work out.
My earliest memory of this comes from Blue Peter: "here's one I prepared earlier". Or perhaps "here's one we took time to make in a more intentional manner".
Then it's the A-Team and the inevitable montage (with purposeful music) where some form of battering ram/armoured car/flying fortress/tank was made from a few sheets of steel, the sweat from Murdoch's head and the power of Mr T's stare. Willing suspension of disbelief aside, we were whisked through the hard work in a few seconds and amazed by their Maker ability.
I get it. I do. I understand why it's like that. It's entertainment, right?
Just ask anyone trying to start/grow/maintain a small business in these days: we don't build an armoured car in a few hours, no matter how strong your glare is. We don't learn to play the violin in a few time-elapsed minutes. We can't grieve and find some semblance of *normality* in a few seconds, no matter how soothing the soundtrack.
I think about the weeWeir growing up and learning to do pretty much everything for the first time. She'll need to work hard at many things. I hope to encourage her not to skip the hard work, sure find ways to improve how she works, but many things in life are about the journey more than the destination. About learning how to as much as arriving.
Or should we just find the shortest route possible and do things as easily and cheaply as we can?
Maybe I'm reading this wrong and the storytellers are trying to let us see the hard work. Maybe it's my perception that's wired the wrong way!
What's your take?
Friday, 19 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Monday, 15 March 2010
Monday, 8 March 2010
Friday, 5 March 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
I'm reminded of the tension of parenthood.
Often we hear that people "weren't brought up to behave like that". Or "he's not normally like that".
A recent experience of being around other parents and children (a good thing) left me thinking about how we protect our children from evil. From injustice. From suffering. It's because we love them and want the best for them right?
And protecting them from self-obsession.
How we bring the reality of life, how to handle feelings of rejection and being lied to are all influenced by our worldview. Our worldview is shaped by our lens. And our lens is formed by our surroundings.
And so it's easy to see how the way I view the world will have an impact on the weeWeir. If the way I see the world is with eyes of hope, faith and love, then let that be real for her. If I see the world as doomed, failed and wretched then I'm not sure she'd want to hang around here all that much.
Lord, let my lens be clean, clear and centred on Your reality. That you love the world and gave your life for us.
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
A lot is being made of Augmented Reality as the next *big thing* in digital marketing/advertising/social awareness/other stuff.
But maybe this isn't all that new. While I love the overlay of information on what we can see (there's 35 examples here), there's something in the reality of a follower of Jesus that should be seeing more than just the world around us. There's a deep sense that God is in all, working through it all and showing his great love, grace & mercy to us as a result.
Lord, open my eyes to see the truth of what's around me. Let my Lens be awake to life.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Later in the day, as we joined a commuter service nearing our destination, there were conversations overheard - discussions over shopping list failures and marriage failures.
Yes, I love the intersections of so many lives that travelling by train gives, yet that so much life is spent discussing the antics of *famous* people let me wondering. Am I a snob, or is there more than spending our lives talking about other people's lives (oh, the irony...)?
Are we losing sight of the plank in our own eye as we look for the specks in the eyes of others?
When meeting people for the first time, you realise how much of their story you don't get at the first "hello". That's often the way we like it. Infact, that's often why we shut ourselves off with out headphones or something to read.
Despite spending 10 hours on various forms of public transport, I barely listened to my iPod and rarely read. I spent time listening and watching the world turning - oh and as was travelling with a colleague, chatting with him too!
A lot of thoughts came on this trip. Many of which I am still unpacking. Hopefully I can make more sense over the next few days!!
Monday, 1 March 2010
Jonah Lehrer spoke for under 10 minutes at Poptech 2009, but listening to the podcast I was reminded of the value of being outside. Of not being entrenched. Of being aware of more than what is just to hand. Of being an outcast.
"Sometimes, the most impossible problems - the most intractable problems - they seem difficult and intractable, not because they actually are, but simply because we haven't look at them from the outside."At work, we've undertaken the Clifton Strenthsfinder *thing* to understand more about our personality. Our make up. My top five strength themes were:
Belief, Strategic, Connectedness, Responsibility and Relator.I see these play out a lot in how I have developed as a worker over the past 15 years, but one thing that I value more and more these days is stepping out of the situation to try and see it more clearly. To perhaps remove emotion (positive or negative) from it and see what might be taking place. Perhaps rationalising it a little more. That can be tricky and I'll be honest that there's a few things on the go that I'm finding it hard to be objective about!
Taking time to be outside of the bubble/fishbowl/activity gives a perspective so easily lost from the frenzy of activities. That frenzy is all well and good - and often essential. I guess this is where teamwork - and varying skill-sets - is vital.
And it's the opportunity for creativity that flows from this position of observation - and segregation? - that I find refreshing too.
But there's more.
One of the themes I took from Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" was that very few of those notable discoveries in science were made by someone at the centre of attention. Einstein was marginalised, yet his impact on scientific thought was astounding. Darwin too (like him or not) was seen as a bit of a whack-job for years.
And for me, far more importantly, Jesus lived on the margins, yet his influence was across the culture of the time. And through the cross an eternal influence.
So that wee podcast is worth a listen/watch. Really. What does it make you think about?