All the how should we remember Joe Paterno discussion is getting a little old. It is simple. You remember the whole story. You celebrate the great man he was and all his good works. But you also remember that despite all that he was just a man. And as a man he was falable as we all are, and he made mistakes. So don't rush to put men on pedastals as we are all human and fall short. I would also say when remembering a man's mistakes "Judge not lest ye be judged". How would any of us feel if no matter what we did in our lives, upon our deaths we would only be remembered for our biggest mistake or wrongdoing?
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
For me this is a very personally relevant message. I have been pursuing my education my entire adult life and I am reaching the culmination of that dream. I have been doing it because I believe in my heart it is the right thing to do and it is what I want out of life. I am about to begin my comprehensive exam for my PhD program and after that the final step will be to write my dissertation. Then I will have achieved all my educational pursuits. But leading up to this point I have been having doubts about my abilities and my self confidence has been lacking. Seeing this movie has helped me just regain focus and know that if I put myself fully into this I can do it.
I have also been pursuing a career in photography. I have been making modest gains each year. I try to expand into something new each year. But at times I wonder if this will ever be something I can do on a regular basis as a professional. I love my photography and I feel like I learn something new in the field of photography and its business aspects on a regular basis. I know that if I keep trying and I am not afraid to make mistakes I can do it. I just need to take on the challenges and do what is needed to push through it.
On top of all these things I have a regular full time job that pays the bills. This is part of doing what is necessary to make this all work out. I am just glad that movies with such positive themes are still being made. I don't know if this movie had as mush an impact on anybody else, but I am thankful it connected with me. Now just to read the book.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
As 2012 begins I want to take a moment to reflect on 2011. I want to focus on some of the positive things that happened in my life in 2011.
1. I celebrated being in love with my wife for 11 years and being married for the last 7 of them.
2. Thanks to my wife I began volunteering at the local SPCA.
3. I became a member of a local arts association and started showing my photography in their art gallery on a regular basis.
4. Completed my final course in my PhD program.
5. Several newborn babies born into our family. (None of them mine, whew.)
6. Flew by myself for the first time.
7. Went out and took photos of nature on numerous occasions and experienced the wonders of this world.
8. Lost 50 lbs.
9. Began eating healthier and exercising more.