Everyone and everything goes through cycles and periodic change. It’s what life is all about, Poomba. One bad habit of mine (if it is bad) is to announce these changes in my writings here every time they occur. Well, I’m doing it again.
Although I have faced some difficult challenges over the past few years an honest assessment is that choices I have made, good, bad, and indifferent, have impacted my life in ways I didn’t, and don’t want it to go. Change, as I’m discussing here, has to occur. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “if nothing changes, nothing changes,” and I believe that is true. A similar saying is, “if you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got,” and who wants that?
Like most bloggers, I started bRight & Early to discuss things that interested me and because I thought (accurately or inaccurately, it doesn’t matter which) that I had something to say about those things. That is still true. Even so, there came a point recently when I thought I would just give it all up and close the blog. For some reason I just can’t do that. Even if no one reads what I put here, or when there are weeks (months?) between posts, I enjoy knowing that I still have this outlet available to me. If I’m not going to close shop – and I’m not – I need to make a few changes.
The biggest changes need to be in my life, but they will be reflected in my posts. Let me start by describing where I am so you (and I) can see where I’m going.
Here is a synopsis of my work situation. A little over a year ago I was laid off from a job I enjoyed. My every intention was to work there until I retired. Unfortunately I didn’t get that option. After several months of looking I took a job with Merlin Entertainments. I liked working there, but there was a serious downside. My position was considered “seasonal” and I had seen others have their hours drastically reduced over time. I knew that my fate would have been the same. In anticipation of that fact, and with a hope for more income, I took a job with Hilton Grand Vacations. It was a mistake. I don’t have anything bad to say about the company, in fact the potential was as I saw it. What I failed to calculate correctly was time it was going to take to achieve the income I was looking for (months rather than weeks), and the cost involved in such a long daily commute.
That cost was significant. One day I realized that I didn’t have enough gas money to get to work, and pay day was still several days off. I had no choice but to quit. Either that, or walk 44 miles each way. So, now I am looking again. I have several very good prospects, two in particular, but currently no income.
Naturally having no income impacts your life in a lot of ways. It changes what you can do and have. There’s been a lot of belt tightening. Eating out is a thing of the past, yet God has never let us miss a meal. We have have given up cable (not the greatest loss), and the internet (that hurts a bit more). We also returned a computer we were purchasing on a rent-to-own plan, a stupid and expensive way to purchase such an item. We are left with two computers, a very good one that has several issues making me wonder how long it’s going to last, and the other we purchased for $25 with a Celeron processor, 1024 M RAM, and Windows XP. That’s the one on which I am writing now. Oh, the “B” key is also missing on the keyboard.
For a while I couldn’t even get online at the library due to a years-old, forgotten lost book. Just a few weeks ago I went to pay off that obligation and happened to do so on a day they were offering amnesty for old fines. Now I can get online for an hour or two a day when I can make it to the library, making job hunting and other online activities, including posting here, a lot easier.
What I am doing for bRight & Early, starting with this post, is writing at home, putting it on a thumb drive, and then copying it to the blog at the library. That sure isn’t going to speed up the posting schedule, but at least it will allow me to post something. My plan is to even write a few posts at a time and then schedule them over time. We’ll see. As I said, I started this site to write about things that interest me. Those things change over time. My focus for now will be on the following areas:
I. My Christian Faith
Of all the things I’ve written about, this is the one I have neglected the most. That’s probably due to the fact that I’ve neglected it way too much in my own life as well. I accepted Christ nearly fifty years ago. It has been a constant part of everything I am and do, even when I have neglected it. What I will be writing about will by my continuing journey and the renewal I am praying and striving for.
II. Growing Older
I am only thirteen months away from turning sixty. You youngsters won’t believe it, but growing older changes things. There are many topics related to this that I can touch on – health, finances, retirement, and many others. One that I hope to write about will be getting in shape when you’re older. Let’s see if I can overcome “lazy”.
III. Conservative Politics
While this has been the primary focus here from the start it will move further down the list of importance. I will still write about political subjects, but the frequency and focus may be less. Of course one of the things that is true about politics is that it interacts with nearly every other aspect of our lives.
IV. Whatever else strikes my fancy
As always, there are things that interest me that don’t fit into any other category. Doesn’t mean I can’t write about them. Odd news, sports, and a host a different subjects could find their way in here.
That’s it. My hope, as it always has been, is that you find something interesting to read and comment on here. Unlike the past, I make no promises regarding the frequency of future posts. Just check in from time to time, and let me know if you see anything interesting.