Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tough, Gritty, and Beautiful - Women in the Olympics

For the first time every country participating in the Olympics sent a female athlete to compete and represent her country. Additionally, the United States sent more female athletes and the female athletes of the USA definitely pulled their weight proving to be amazing competitors and winners in their elective sports.

One of the best descriptions about female athletes came after the gold medal match in women's soccer (football) where the USA took on Japan and the US women's team won Gold.

"Tough, gritty, and beautiful" stated one commentator, a male commentator, about the women's soccer (football) team.

I loved hearing this description. I have written a few pieces on this blog about femininity and the "lost in translation" definition it has become in today's society. Especially, in the USA.

Femininity has been so closely linked to sexuality that I think we have actually forgotten the strength and spirit behind the sense women should feel when describing their femininity. The reason I loved the description above from the male sports commentator is the complexity and variance in the words used to describe the women's soccer (football) team and perhaps the very accomplished women's USA Olympic delegation.

I have sometimes wondered why I feel this "subconscious" need to be a circle peg to fit in when I was created with so many more edges. Tough, gritty, and beautiful; why would I want to shave off any of those descriptors.

Just some random thoughts for today...

Love a perfectly tarnished child of God

Friday, August 3, 2012

The only thing I am going to say about Chick-fil-a

Now that the dust has settled I hope and pray we can all have deeper more productive conversations.

Yes freedom of speech and religion are vital to our soul as a nation. It would be a huge catastrophe to loose a basic and held dear right which so many have fought and lost their lives.

On the flip side we have to also understand the complexity of what "it" also became and how other American citizen
s, specifically the LGBT community, would feel and do feel with regards to being discriminated against and are not able to partake in the same and equal benefits. In addition to the hurt they feel toward where some of the money has gone in support of groups, organizations, and initiatives which specifically fight against or attempt to "repair" the LGBT citizens. 

The issue at hand is far more complicated when it comes to faith and sexuality. I feel as a nation we should be united in the protection of free speech and religion and we should be united in the equal benefits to all US citizens even in disagreement. All sides need to come to the table...

A perfectly tarnished child of God

Yikes its been a long time...AGAIN...

I feel like the boy who cried wolf in the old fairy tail we grew up hearing. In fact, it was one of my favorite Disney short films which I don't think is even in circulation anymore... Yikes another realization on how old I am truly becoming.

Anyways as the boy who cried wolf, in promising to be more proactive and consistent in writing on this blog, I am going to confess my reality and the reality which all of you have probably come to accept from me... I will not be making any promises as to how many times I will write on this blog or share my thoughts. I will however, attempt over and over again to commit to writing on this blog. I guess you could equate this with my dieting and/or exercising habits. Its a constant promise and let down... So sorry, but no more broken promises just reality. Maybe with the correct expectations will bring more consistency or maybe it will bring just the same :)

I must confess that I think the difficult part is actually being disciplined enough to actually write when something pops into my head that I think I want to put out there on the blogosphere. I will admit that I am far from being disciplined, but do have many ideas which pop into my head. So in the spirit of correct expectations I am going to try and utilize my super cool smart phone and actually write in the ideas which do pop into my head. We'll see how this goes?!?

My second issue, is that I have never been a person to keep a journal or write out my emotions or feelings. I seem to speak them better then write them. But since there is no one following me around with a recorder I guess I am going to have to figure out how to come to grips with the fact that I need to actually be a bit more centered and take the time to write out my thoughts and feelings.

My third and perhaps biggest struggle with this blog, is the vulnerability it takes to write it. I am an incredibly private and guarded person and I really do struggle with the idea of letting my thoughts fly. You might be saying to yourself then stop writing the blog, stop torturing yourself and giving out false expectation to others that you are going to be consistent in your writing... All good thoughts and challenges to me. All things that I have thought about and weighed myself. But there is more and more of my internal self which is desperately asking to be let out, desperately asking for me to give it a chance; to give it a voice. So with this desperation and internal dichotomy I will continue to write.

But I have learned that I am writing for me. So for those of you who stumble on this blog, who look to see if I have awoken and written again, or those who are friends and family who frequent it just because... thank you and perhaps I will be a better more consistent voice or perhaps I will be the same old blogger... but at lease I feel the bar is set correctly :)

Love a perfectly tarnished child of God