Today is my birthday. My 42nd birthday, to be exact, and it’s been quite an excellent birthday.
I suppose as I am forced by all the well-wishers to face the fact that I’m yet another year older that it makes me turn a little introspective. It’s a good thing to spend a little time (not too much) assessing or analyzing where you are at any point in your life and where you want to be. And where you want to go.
Some Random Thoughts (Some Deep, Some Not):
Warning: These are my personal opinions. Politics are discussed. I will never force my opinion on you in any way. Be respectful of mine.
1. I am amazed at how many new friends I have this year. Being married to Holley Cox, undoubtedly one of the greatest women in the world, helps in this regard. I’ve never considered myself to be all that great of a friend. But I strive to get better and better at it. Being busy makes it hard. This year, though, it seems, has been particularly fruitful of friendships. Many are with people I’ve met through Thirty-One. Some of my best guy friends are Husbands of Thirty One. I think about these guys daily and we communicate regularly. It stinks that we all live so far apart.
2. I’m so glad I started blogging regularly. I know I can do better with this, but it’s been an awesome creative vent for me. If you don’t blog, you should. It’s better than Facebook, I promise. There’s been a tremendous amount of support and encouragement for my Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook posts. I plan to keep ’em coming.
3. I’m changing jobs. This amounts to taking a stand for my family. My current position as a hospitalist and medical director of the hospitalist program at Morristown Hamblen Hospital has been fine. I feel I’ve made some tremendous improvements during my time there. My physician team agrees with me. But administration has decided (arbitrarily) to go to a 7-on 7-off scheduling model with no exceptions. As I have my kids on the weekends, this jeopardizes my time with them and no job is worth that. This is an opportunity for me to spend MORE time with my family and show them how important they are to me. Please pray for us during this time. There are tons of options out there for me. Almost too many, really, because making sure I choose the “right one” is stressful. Trying to leave it in God’s hand is my tact with that, though. He will take care of it.
4. The end of the world stresses me out. Over the last 18 months, I’ve had a profound fascination with almost everything to do with all this “end of the world” talk. The book of Revelation. Doomsday Preppers. The whole Mayan calendar thing. The movie 2012. Maybe it’s compounded by the whole job situation, but it has literally been a weight on me (don’t laugh, I’m serious!) Oh, and it continues to be. All this mess in the Middle East is about to blow up and that is right in line with Biblical Prophecy. America is a different country than the one in which I was raised. The future for our children is NOT as bright as it was for us. Raising children in a world where so many people don’t care to work and the government is all too happy to support them at your expense (in exchange for votes)… ugh. It’s just nasty to think about it.
5. The politics of America are absolutely crazy. And it’s just going to get worse. The Dems are unashamedly socialist now. And the majority of people are totally OK with that. The GOP has gone from being socially progressive (abolishing slavery!) to faux-evangelical (in an offensive sort of way). And the only thing that the GOP really seems to care about is corporate welfare. There is no party that actually represents the citizens of this once great country. And yet so few people actually look at their party politics and think “is this what’s really right for me and my children? And their children?”
6. The world financial market is so tenuous and the media ignores it. Most economists can see what’s coming. Educate yourself on the macroeconomics of sovereign debt. I’m not saying the financial world is about to end. Just that there’s about an 80% chance of it if you really look at what is going on in Europe and the USA. Ignorance is bliss, and I wish I could get mine back, because watching all this go on is very much like watching a train wreck and contributes to nos. 4 & 5 above.
Put all of this together and what you get is a LOT of life change. Change is stressful, but change is also opportunity. Of my good guy friends from Thirty-One, every single one of us is either going through a job change, loss of job, or moving to a new city. I hope they have for themselves the same aces in hand that I do:
Two things I’m so incredibly grateful for:
1. My trust in Jesus Christ – He’s got it all under control.
2. My wife Holley Cox – going through massive life change isn’t something new to me. But going through it with the support and love of an amazing woman certainly is. It makes it all worthwhile.
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