Why Random?

Why Random?

Ok, so I have another topic I am adding to my arsenal of topics. Random. Yup. I thought it was a good idea to have a spot to put random thoughts that don’t fit into any other topic…We will see how it goes.

Why random? why not…

First random topic. Triple rainbows! What do they mean? No, I’m kidding. This is not going to be about any kind of rainbow.

Why is it though, that when I want to write a post, it’s at 12:30 at night? For some reason my mind goes crazy when I want to go to sleep. Sleepy time is apparently time for all my good ideas to surface. My wife on the other hand, she can sleep through anything, and falls asleep in no time. I wish. I don’t know what that feels like. Falling asleep when your head hits the pillow. If any of you would like to let me know that would be great!

Had a good time with my family today. We had easter dinner at my parents place this week. Me and my brothers talked about preparedness stuff. I think we are going to go check out some stores this up coming weekend. See what cool ideas we can get for our 72 hour kits and the like. Possibly check out knives. I think I need to get an axe next. I cut wood this weekend with my hunting knife…would have been much easier with an axe.

I am thinking I will hit on the zombie topic soon. Possibly next post. I think it is an awesome topic. I am currently picturing it in a 4 or 5 part series. Ya, I know. More than one post?? Zombies is a detailed subject. I am already getting excited for it. So all you zombie fans out there…stay tuned!

It is every boys (and mans) dream to be an unstoppable hero. Not really the superman hero, more like the swat team hero, or the zombie destroying hero. Be so stockpiled with weapons and sweet grilled up trucks with more weapons on it. Haha, makes me think of the GI Joes I played with as a kid. Man, I should have joined the army. I suppose it’s never too late…(no, my wife would never allow it)

Well, I think that is all for my post this time. Felt good to get some random thoughts out there. More to come I’m sure. I want my blog to be more fun that just a blog. So you will see me change things up a bit. I’m still trying to find more ways to get my blog out to the masses. Any suggestions?

Why Scriptural Symbolism?

Why Scriptural Symbolism?

“Symbolism…stretches the capacity of both expression and comprehension and becomes the medium through which some of the most universal, elemental, and intangible concepts of man are conveyed.” ~ Funk and Wagnalls company Dictionary

“Why?”
It’s my favourite question. (When I ask it, not my 4 yr old).  Why use trees as symbols? Why are certain colours or numbers mentioned more than others? Why use the same symbol but convey opposing meanings at different times?

If I understand it correctly, the easterners, those who wrote the bible, wrote more in a painting style. The details aren’t important as long as the message gets across. We westerners, write more in a architectural style, where all the details have to be perfect. So, we “architects” are reading a book written by “painters” expecting every detail to be perfect and literal. We are looking at a painting and expecting it to be a blue print. Seeing it as such is a very big mistake. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe the bible is an inspired work. I believe it is the word of God. But the authors wrote in a way as to paint a picture in our minds, not give us a blue print. Hence the dilemma in the world of whose interpretation is correct? A lot of what was written is symbolic, and I love searching it out and finding the true meaning behind it.

My interest in scriptural symbols began on my mission. I served for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints* in Connecticut U.S.A. I can’t remember when I first got a fascination with symbols, but I do remember the first book I bought. “Symbols in Stone” by Brown and Smith. It talks about some of the symbols and images on our Temples. Since that book I have had a new way of approaching scripture. It opened my eyes and mind to different possibilities. I find it very interesting that a simple image, a tree or a snake for example, can send different messages to different people. That the same symbol or image can be used for different purposes in the same book. Whole cultures can see a symbol one way and another culture can see the same symbol in a complete opposite way. The swastika is a great example of that. (no, the swastika is not in the scriptures).

That brings up a good point. Many of the symbols I talk about wont be based in the scriptures. I mentioned in my first post, “Welcome”, that I may be changing things around in my blog while I get more comfortable with certain names and titles for my topics. This one may change to just “Symbolism”. We will see.

I also ran into Freemasonry* on my mission. I will talk about this in more detail later. Freemasonry is an organization based around using symbols to teach biblical principles. It is fascinating seeing what symbols they choose and the meanings they have behind them.

Symbols are a way for us to communicate entire messages in a single image. It is our responsibility to discover the meanings of these symbols and what hidden messages lie within.

*DISCLAIMER*
I want to mention a couple things about this subject. I am coming at this from the perspective of an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and an active Freemason. The purpose of this blog is NOT to persuade anyone to believe the same as me, it is merely a study journal for my studies and a spot where I can share my thoughts with others who are interested. I am always open to your point of view of symbols and what they mean to you. 
Also, I am not going to do an exposé on Freemasonry. I will only be giving examples of masonic symbols and their meanings. 
I hope you can enjoy my insights. 

Why Survival/Preparedness?

Why Survival/Preparedness?

I’m not sure where all my readers live, but natural disasters happen everywhere, so I’m sure the term “preparedness” is familiar to all. I live in Calgary Canada. According to the Calgary Sun in 2013 “…The single largest loss event in North America was extensive flooding in the city of Calgary, Alberta, and surrounding area…” (see article here: http://goo.gl/ZHZZ7l ). Luckily I was living in Edmonton at the time but some of you were here in Calgary when it happened. Were you ready for a disaster like that? I know Calgary wasn’t. Consider the flood in High River Canada, or the BC fires, ice storms in Eastern and Atlantic Canada, mudslide in Washington State. These happen all the time. We don’t know when natural disasters are going to happen so we need to be prepared for when it does.

When my wife and I were living in Lethbridge, there was one sunday I remember coming out of church meetings and the sky was black. There was a grass fire west of Lethbridge and the high winds were pushing the fire towards the homes on the Northwest side between Lethbridge and Coalhurst. “thousands…forced out by grass fire” read one article ( http://goo.gl/Gs4Oy9 ). Luckily we were not evacuated but it got me thinking. If the knock came to your door that you have 5 minutes to grab your family and some things, what would you grab? Would you have everything you need to survive? Most of us would probably grab our kids, our pets and then stall wondering what else to save and what to leave behind. Would you grab your birth certificate? passport? insurance documents? computer? Snowboard? Food? That brand new PS4 you just bought?
I wanted to blog about survival and preparedness because I feel it is one subject that a lot of people dismiss as something that can be done later because most of us live in pretty safe areas. How many times have you been evacuated out of your homes? Me? Never. So for me the need to prepare for it was small.
It’s funny. The biggest reason this got on my mind wasn’t because of the fires or the flood. It wasn’t the leaders of my church telling us for years now that we need to have 72 hour kits and food storage. It was a TV show. The Walking Dead. That is what set it off. 
So why would a real fire and real flood not push me to get my 72 hour kits done, but a TV show about zombies would? I don’t actually know. It’s silly really. It doesn’t matter what gets us motivated to get the 72 hour kits ready. As long as we get them ready. 
I will get into the zombie thing another time. I feel I could write a few blogs on that subject, so I probably will. For now though, I wanted to tell you why I want to write and blog about it. Mostly it is going to be me writing about cool articles I have found on the subject and blogging about my families progress with our preparedness. There is more to it than just 72 hour kits and food storage. But what ever it entails, we need to do it all so when the time comes we are prepared and can continue to survive, even if surviving is as simple as making it to grandmas house. 

Why Leadership?

Why Leadership?

I have always liked the topic of leadership and I have always wanted to do public speaking. I have always enjoyed speaking in church and doing class presentations. I figured this would be a great way to get my passion out there and help inspire people to become leaders themselves. I included public speaking into this topic because this is what I want to speak on stage about. Leadership. Encouraging others to become better and become Leaders themselves.

A short story.

I was at work when I met a nice young couple looking for a new computer for their home business. I, being a business owner myself, wanted to talk more about their businesses than computers. I find out they own a photography business. She takes photos of people, weddings and the like, he takes photos of trucks and does calendars. That’s not what caught my attention. He mentioned that he also owns a business doing public speaking. That has been a passion of mine for a long time. I have been trying to find ways to do it more often and other than just at church. That’s actually why I started my own business. I mentioned that this is a passion of mine and I would love to sit down for coffee sometime and talk about it. I asked if he had a card and he gave me his info. I told him I would call him within the week. I had 2 objectives:

1: introduce him to my business and,
2: talk about his public speaking venture.

We sit down for coffee at a local Tim Hortons and we start talking about what he does. Turns out he travels the world and speaks on stage motivating people to accomplish what they put their minds to. I loved it all. It is exactly what I want to do. I shared my business idea with him and it turns out he and his wife are doing a similar thing already. Before our coffee drinking session was over he gave me some advice:

1: have a blog.
2: what can you give for free?
3: create your own site with your own content
4: don’t forget to give thanks to God.

So here I am at advice step #1, creating my own blog. He said this is a great way to get my ideas out there and inspire people to change the way they think without getting up on a stage. I wanted to start a blog for a whole now so I figured why not now? 

So if you are aspiring to become a great leader in your family, work, school, or church life this is a great blog to follow!