Saving The Living Room

December 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

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After watching an episode of “South Park”…………yes………I’ve been watching “South Park.” Please try not to act to surprised. I watch a LOT of cartoons for both kids as well as adults.

Anyway, I was watching an episode of “South Park” and I was pretty intrigued with the most recent episode, “Happy Holograms.”

A movement of sorts seemed to have bubbled up and in some odd but awesome way, I am a part of it, called #SaveTheLivingRoom.

One of the main characters, Kyle Broflovski, go on a mission to get his little brother and others to embrace the fact that we could stand to get off our phones and our social media pages and our computers and actually get together and be with one another, in the comforts of our living rooms.

“The Living Room is dying,” Kyle says. He makes a good point. The fact that the living room was the place where families and friends would gather is slowly becoming something else…an empty, cold room.

So, I’m helping push the point…to come together to #SaveTheLivingRoom. You can follow my updates on it on twitter @CartoonDaily1 as well.

We could at least commit to spending at least an hour of time with those we know and love in that place we used to gather together before technology connected us in a completely way.

It’s one of my latest side projects, one that I hope grows and grows fast and really get’s individuals to actively make sure to spend time with family, friends and loved ones in their living rooms (and anywhere for that matter) without our smartphones, computers or tablets.

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For me, I learned that comparing myself to others is NOT healthy. It is not productive either. In fact, for me, its downright dangerous spiritually, mentally and physically and to be honest I believe that to be the same for all of us.

Think of the people who would stop trying to pretend to be something they are not, or stop people-pleasing or keep from unnecessary activities if they simply stopped comparing themselves to others.

Think of the great creative works that can unfold if people stopped trying to be like the other guy.

Think of people who would be helped, changed and dare I say it, transformed, if didn’t try to be like the person who seems to have it together, or rich or famous and seemingly liked by all.

When you compare yourself to other people it could lead to 3 things that I managed to point out during my personal time of study:

1. You forget to celebrate with others in great victories. 

2. You consider your original accomplishments (if any) to be minimal and without value. 

3. It is an unhealthy focus on someone or something else.

This is from 1 Samuel 18:6-9:

When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres.  As they danced, they sang:

“Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.”

Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.

A celebration occurred after David killed the Philistine giant, Goliath, and a song broke out for Saul and for David. But, Saul was not too happy with the fact that David was, as sung, killed “tens of thousands” whereas he killed his “thousands.”

Notice that Saul just couldn’t be happy with his “thousands.” That’s a pretty big accomplishment. Its not “tens of thousands,” but who cares right. Saul did, and to the point, that he grew angry and kept this unhealthy unproductive focus on David.

From then on, if you keep reading, Saul takes a deeper downturn to the point of death. His jealousy and his disconnection from God leads him to his inevitable death.

For me, I have to practice daily focusing myself on Christ and on His call on my life. It is THAT kind of focus that keeps me from comparing myself to others.

Where Have I Been!?

December 9, 2014 — Leave a comment
Beanie caps are awesome. That's all their is to it!  - Kendall Lyons

Beanie caps are awesome. That’s all their is to it! – Kendall Lyons

Yeah, that’s the question that’s been floating around in my head when I think about this blog and my writing.

Where have I been!? Many places…many places both spiritually and mentally.

Without a doubt, this has been an incredibly long and trying year. And yet, I’m still here. By the Grace of God, I am still here and I’m living to tell about it.

With all of that being said, I apologize for my absence.

I’m not gone yet and I haven’t given up on my blog or blogging. Truth is, I’ve been incredibly busy and project after project left me leaving the blog universe unkept.

But, my intention is to use the blog a bit more than what I have as of late. After all, if it weren’t for the fact that people in life convinced me to blog and share my thoughts on life and issues, I wouldn’t be here today with you readers and analysts of life and struggles.

With that being said, I’m happy to be back with sharing words and thoughts of concern with you and yours!

Let’s make 2015 the best year ever and close the year 2014 out with a celebratory bang!

Goos On The Loose!

November 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

Friday morning I had a chance to meet a Dallas Meteorologist whom I have been a fan of since age 11.

Bob Goosmann of KRLD NewsRadio 1080 and I met for the very first time during a KRLD promotional event in Garland, Texas called “Goos On The Loose.”

While there, I had a chance to also meet some amazing KRLD employees!

Also, got a really cool mug and cup….did I mention a picture or two!?

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My point, KRLD Rules!!!!

Often when I do my writing or when I commute up and down the roadways I listen to KRLD. Being a news junkie and having my background in journalism, it’s just second nature for me to do this!

Enjoy the photos! I know I certainly did!