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Altared State

by baldilocks

Spelling inten­tional.

Many times, I find myself insuf­fi­ciently inter­ested enough in the head­lines of the day or even the hid­den sto­ries requir­ing dis­cov­ery to write about them. That makes for what is some­times called writer’s block. But that’s not what it really is. In real­ity, it is the fail­ure to pick up the pen and begin to write or the fail­ure to open a blank word-​processing doc­u­ment and start push­ing buttons.

Yes, I’m hav­ing one of those days today, but you’re see­ing the results of one of tried-​and-​true meth­ods of exe­cut­ing a sen­si­ble missive.

I get this way because, for a while, I’ve had a low-​level sense that we should be con­cen­trat­ing on more than the out­rages of the day, even those that imperil our repub­lic. And, yes, I real­ize that this sense comes through in many of my posts.

But, as is so with every human being, some event in my per­sonal life has had the effect of cold water on my think­ing. The thing which will usu­ally do this to an indi­vid­ual is death and that is true of me. It was some­one I used to be very close to and we never mended our breach. The good thing is that, over the years, I prayed for him frequently.

Since the rev­e­la­tion, I’ve been think­ing of the con­cept of eter­nal life and I’ve con­cluded that most peo­ple, even Chris­tians, only give lip-​service to the con­cept until some­one we love dies – espe­cially if that per­son dies young. Or maybe I’m the one who was just giv­ing it lip-​service. (I’ve had loved ones pass away before, but they were of great age.)

Any­way, my grief has altered what I think is impor­tant — or, per­haps, it has ampli­fied what I already knew. Where we are headed in the next por­tion of life (aka the after­life), how we treat oth­ers in this por­tion of life are higher up there now. Fired FBI dude McCabe los­ing his pen­sion, for exam­ple, not so high.

Here’s how I would label this altered state: the lat­est way that God has blessed me. Hope­ful, read­ers will not wait for God to bless them in like manner.

But His grace is suf­fi­cient for me.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

Spelling intentional.

Many times, I find myself insufficiently interested enough in the headlines of the day or even the hidden stories requiring discovery to write about them. That makes for what is sometimes called writer’s block. But that’s not what it really is. In reality, it is the failure to pick up the pen and begin to write or the failure to open a blank word-processing document and start pushing buttons.

Yes, I’m having one of those days today, but you’re seeing the results of one of tried-and-true methods of executing a sensible missive.

I get this way because, for a while, I’ve had a low-level sense that we should be concentrating on more than the outrages of the day, even those that imperil our republic. And, yes, I realize that this sense comes through in many of my posts.

But, as is so with every human being, some event in my personal life has had the effect of cold water on my thinking. The thing which will usually do this to an individual is death and that is true of me. It was someone I used to be very close to and we never mended our breach. The good thing is that, over the years, I prayed for him frequently.

Since the revelation, I’ve been thinking of the concept of eternal life and I’ve concluded that most people, even Christians, only give lip-service to the concept until someone we love dies – especially if that person dies young. Or maybe I’m the one who was just giving it lip-service. (I’ve had loved ones pass away before, but they were of great age.)

Anyway, my grief has altered what I think is important — or, perhaps, it has amplified what I already knew. Where we are headed in the next portion of life (aka the afterlife), how we treat others in this portion of life are higher up there now. Fired FBI dude McCabe losing his pension, for example, not so high.

Here’s how I would label this altered state: the latest way that God has blessed me. Hopeful, readers will not wait for God to bless them in like manner.

But His grace is sufficient for me.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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