First was Bear. Then along came Alex. Sadly, he died young. Now, there is Allie. If I extend back over a few decades Barney was also a part of my life.
In some respect, way , shape, form, joint committee-on-collaboration or random pronouncement, I decreed upon them a name. They were, or are, my dogs! Can I getta’ “Woof Woof?”
What’s your pet’s name?
Over the years, as I experienced life with these dogs, I also experienced the dog. Each had a uniqueness, a presence about them, and their corresponding mannerisms, likes and dislikes, even their bark, that defined them. This uniqueness now associates itself with their name in my memory. Filed under, “Alex,” is the that he would get tired enough on a hot summer walk he would just lay down in the middle of the walk. He was done. “Bear,” needed to roam and our backyard fence provided slim resistance to the alpha-male drive in him. Barney barked all the time, Allie has a bladder control issue:(
Now the time arrived, the only such time that has ever happened in the history of the created universe, by-the-way, when I must name my blog.
Of course I could call it, “Barney, Bear, Alex or Allie,” but then I might think the blog was a lazy, barking, wetting mess of a place to be. I’d never come back! So I needed a new name.
Obviously the low-hanging fruit of a name would be, “Mike’s Blog,” or something like that. That felt, well, both a little too self-focused and lacked the unique snowflake-like individuality I sought.
If I named it after one of my children, or my wife, that might be cool and honoring. But then what if it goes bad? Or I quite before writing more than a baker’s dozen contributions, and all that I write has the quality and content of burnt bread made without yeast! No, to risky to tie anyone else, especially my family, into this endeavor. Even if it’s only via namesake.
Have you ever tried to be spontaneously creative? You know, just effuse a bubble of brilliance at a moments notice? Many of us, at times, flash brilliant in unexpected ways and circumstances, like the middle of the night, laying in bed, dreaming of something or other. Or driving in traffic. Or showering. Amazing ideas, inventions, concepts or other seem to happen upon us. Only to be forgotten, of course, as the strong current of life sweeps and scatters these nuggets of gold into pieces not discernible beyond the moments of their creation. But to just come up with something on command?!? Difficult.
Then, arriving at your best on demand creative effort, you second guess the result. At least if you are similar in temperament to me you do. Thoughts like, “It’s okay, but not the best,” or, “this is really stupid but it’s all I’ve got.” This is the GPS coordinate of my mindset now, as I talk about the name of my blog.
I’ve elected to call it, “Think2020!” What? No spontaneous eruptions of, “OOO,” and “AAhhh?” Well, then, let me tell you more. Clearly there is a misunderstanding in the universe.
This blog the outgrowth of me thinking the best I can. In life I talk with friends and colleagues, observe others, read many books, read the Bible, listen to sermons, pray, and think. The thinking being done is about this, that, or the other think and at the end of the process I hope to have arrived at good conclusions or understandings. Then I try the conclusions out and begin thinking all over again. I’d offer a diagram for this process but my diagrammatic skills are about as effective as my fence was at keeping Bear contained. So please just envision random scribbles over a sheet of white paper, maybe using three or four colors. Congratulations, you have just diagrammed my thought process!!
But wait, there’s more (said in an excited voice)! There is also the, “2020,” part of the name. What’s that about?
The theory goes, or so I’ve told myself, if I can think, and think clearly, the result will be a correct understanding of the universe. Said differently, I will see clearly, or have 20/20 vision, so to speak! Get it??
So I’ll blog about stuff I think about, how I think, the conclusions I come to and how they enable me to see clearly the events of the life I live. Two things it would be great if I could get a little help with here, though.
One, please act like a newly installed guard-rail and prevent me from flying off the highway of life, over the edge of foolish error, and smashing on the rock of ridiculous below.
Two….eh, just do one for now. There is no benefit for me to be greedy and if I get a little help with one I will be far far better off then I am today.
Now my reminder just went off suggesting (I don’t like to be bossed around) that it is time for me to round up the family and leave for Church. Today we are scheduled to hear about the extreme commitment of being a disciple of Christ. I’ll touch base with you later, I need to think about this…..