Friday, September 11, 2009

Thinking outloud

In the course of any given week there are a million things that float through my head. A lot of it just comes and goes and so I don't worry too much about it. As this week concludes, though, there are about 5 things still floating through my head.

1. In Pirates of the Caribbean (the first and best one), was Elizabeth Swan immortal from the time she met Will Turner on the crossing from England up until the time the gold medallion is taken from her? According to the rules that were established in the movie - those that posses the stolen Aztec gold are incapable of dying.
1B. How did Boostrap die if he was also immortal (being a member of the original crew)?

2. I wonder if it is possible to have more filtered stories of heroic acts. Firefighters, police officers, and soldiers doing heroic things - with a filter that didn't dive into their personal lives. One of the things that annoys me about professional sports and dramatic TV (i.e. Rescue Me or ER or Third Watch) is that we know so much about the players and performers. (Plus, of course there is so little heroism showed in modern day sports.). I would just like to read and see often in the news or on TV the heroic acts of those we walk the streets with.

3. The Bible Dictionary states: "Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but are made conditional on us asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them."
On the one hand I look to God as being the great Santa. For several months i write letters to Santa asking for the new Star Wars Lego set. I tell him every time I see him at the mall (I even yell it from the second story out side Macy's "Hey Santa! It's Sean - we talked last week! Just wanted to remind you that I wanted the Millennium Falcon!")
However, come Christmas Morning I would get socks. Come January I would need the new warmer socks so I could play outside. His blessings were there despite my pleadings.
On the other hand I struggle with the point of prayer. If my will will never be granted and it is only His will that will be granted on his timeline - what is the point of me pleading with the Lord. If all I'm ever going to ask for is the things He won't give me and He won't give me things that I don't ask for - then really I'm never going to get out of this hole. The best way I can think of this is that He has Coke sitting there waiting for me - but if the only things I ever ask for is Pepsi, Rootbeer, Sprite or water - nothing will happen. He won't bless me with Coke because I didn't ask for it. He won't bless me with the others because that is not His will. And if it never occurs to me to ask for Coke we will never have a meeting of wills. Then what is the point to prayer but to guess what His will is?

4. What do you do with friends that aren't accepting to change? After 3 years of being apart from John, I returned to discover I had changed a lot, and so had he. We were different people - but we tried to keep the friendship going despite some glaring differences. One day while we were out grocery shopping I suggested Savemart and he was shocked. "I thought you said you would never shop there again." I asked when I said that. "5 years ago." was the response. I tried to relate that in that amount of time I have learned what is good and can get from Savemart. However, that experience has stood as an example of how people can change over time.
The reason this particular question has been in my head is because I'm in similar situation. Over the past 4 months I have grown closer to a friend. While I'm not the dog for her and she isn't the owner for me, right now we are good for each other. Over the last four months, a different friend has been away on an internship. She has not been around to watch as me and this other girl have grown tighter. At a recent event I was massaging the feet of the girl I've grown tighter with. Suddenly the girl who recently returned from her internship shouted out, "I thought you didn't massage feet! You told me you didn't massage feet!" Which is true. And 6 months earlier I didn't. But on that night, with that young lady, I did.
Since that time I've been worried about my friendship with my recently returned friend. In what other ways have I changed in the last 4 months that will cause discord in our friendship? Do I try to be the person I was 4 - 6 months ago or do I expect the friend to be adaptable.
With John it became clear that 3 years was just too long. We are still friends but much less than the friends we were when we were friends prior to my departure to the Lord's University in Idaho. I'm not sure I'm ready to see my friend of 4 months ago go the same way.

5. Josh just celebrated his 5 years of Photo A Day. On March 4th (or somewhere around there - never been all that good at math) I will celebrate my 1000th picture. I wonder if that is enough. In a recent post by Cindy about violin neglect, Cindy's Mom commented that there is a time and a season for all things. I wonder if 1000 pictures is a decent season.


  1. Answering quietly:
    1. No clue.

    2. Same.

    3. I have many of the same questions about prayer. In fact, I have spent much of 2009 asking people questions about prayer in attempt to understand it better. Will my prayers help my bil get a new job? Will they tip the balance for him? Will they make any difference at all? I still don't know the answers. I think, though, that it is considered a good thing to do to ask the spirit to guide us in knowing what to pray for--to help us know what those blessings that are available for us are. (Speaking entirely theoretically and not from experience at this point.) As I've thought about the Bible dictionary definition, I have also decided that there is validity as a parent in wanting your child to come to you and ask for something that you would already like to give him. It changes the dynamic--there is more thought and appreciation involved, for starters. So sorry that anyone else has questions about prayer like I do!!!

    4. So interesting about change. I saw that when I returned for my 20th high school reunion a few years ago. I had not seen my best friend for many, many years, and while we enjoyed seeing each other and catching up, it was obvious that we were in much different places. Good luck figuring it out!

    5. Are you tired of taking pictures?

  2. 5. I'm not tired of taking pictures. I'm just bored with the concept of taking daily pictures. I'd like to wake up in the morning with out the nagging thought - what are you going to photograph today?

  3. 5. If PAD is causing you to be unenthusiastic about it then stop. The rest of us will learn to survive without it. I enjoy PAD but I mainly visit it to support you and your enjoyment of photography but if it’s not enjoyable stop. It’s your PAD you have to come to the ultimate decision.

  4. RE: PAD - I'm not sure it is unenthusiastic - I think it is more that it has reached it's goal. The point of Photo a Day initally was to get to know my camera better and to teach myself about photography. I think for it to continue to be that type of goal I need to consider getting a better camera that has more challenges. Elsewise I think I've learned the abilities of this camera and of my own personal abilities. If this is the only camera I will have, then all I need to figure out is the end date. Ending at 819 seems like a rather weird place to stop.