I Know, I Know …

Over the last couple of months I’ve made a number of promises that I would write some things that have been on my heart of late … and I haven’t. It’s been an interesting dynamic to try and assess internally; the idea that I have things to say, but that it feels as though the Lord would just prefer I was quiet for a little while.

So you know what?  I’ve decided to give myself permission to respond to the promptings of the Spirit and to not yield to the odd demands that blogging creates within a person .. demands I never expected to experience. Here’s what I mean:

When I started the Wind Farm as a virtual gateway to what I still hope will evolve into a local intentional community of believers gathered around neomonastic values and principles, I never expected that I would begin to feel a "virtual pressure" to have to blog regularly, otherwise people might get disgruntled and decide to go read someone else’s blog!

It sounds crazy, but it’s true. This is genuinely something I’ve begun to realise has crept up on me over the last year or so .. and frankly, I don’t like it. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not for one moment suggesting that you or anyone else reading the Wind Farm has ever actually applied any pressure to me to keep writing new stuff or they’ll go look elsewhere. But someway, somehow, that weird pressure genuinely begins to show itself as you establish an online presence that draws people as readers.

Frankly, for all the supposed good of our ever-expanding and developing 21st century communications technologies, I genuinely believe we are far too connected. We are so connected, that it’s become the norm that when someone emails us, they expect an instant and detailed response, and then get offended when that response takes a few days, or God forbid, even a week! Or they get frustrated when they can’t reach you on their first attempt at a call to your mobile phone.

Let me give you a personal picture of what I mean …

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Where Has the Time Gone?

As you’d be aware, these past few weeks have been immensely busy for me. I have finally completed the development of the new Storm Harvest website and, right now, I am working on the development of three other commercial sites for new clients who come to me from “who knows where”.

But, over the last few days, I’ve finally felt like I could get my head above water sufficiently to find some balance again. No restoration of rhythm yet mind you, but certainly it’s good to have some balance back .. and I’ll be writing more about that over the coming week.

In the meantime, it’s interesting to see how time just seems to scream by if you don’t take the time to engage with life itself. Some might suggest that working long hours and being constantly busy is engaging in life. But I beg to differ.

I’m sure it was just a tiny handful of years ago that my amazing wife, Jo, gave birth to our oldest daughter Alyshia. Tomorrow, she turns 16.

Where did all that time go?

She is studying for her learner driver’s permit, she’s gearing toward getting an apprenticeship as a hairdresser at the end of the year and in just two years she’ll be eligible to vote and be considered an adult by the state. Sooner than I’d like, she’ll be falling in love, planning a marriage, moving out of home and having children of her own.

How quickly life passes us by. How easily we allow “stuff” to get in the way of what’s really important.

More’s the point … how quickly I allow “stuff” to get in the way of what’s really important.

It’s on that subject that I’ll be writing over the next few days. I trust it will be worth your while to drop by again soon.