A FRAMEWORK FOR MEN IN SEARCH OF MEANING

A Tool or a Weapon

A Tool or a Weapon

The knife. It is a simple form that has been around a long time. It has many uses: opening bags of seed, meal prep, extracting splinters, prying staples, cleaning teeth, sharpening pencils, cutting zip ties, removing gum from hair. But it is also true that the blade has been used to kill many a man. So which is it, a tool or a weapon? It depends...

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A Bunch of Bull

A Bunch of Bull

We were at a family reunion when I discovered this relic of a carnival game. It is in the same genre as the High Striker (the one where you swing a mallet to ring a bell). You literally grab the bull by the horns and squeeze. It is an awkward movement. I’m not really sure which muscle groups I was using but my rib cage hurt for a few days after....

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Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy

The world is a heavy place and there are serious people everywhere. It is true there are many things going on that require a sober response. But what do we do with all the weight? Are we supposed to keep the guard up indefinitely? Instead, I'd like to suggest jumping on a trampoline.  This may sound like an endorsement for denying reality and...

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Get the tile on the wall

Get the tile on the wall

I have unfinished work. There are times I forget about the ant and drift in laziness. But there are other forces at play causing drag in my work.  The two main factors are equal but opposite. On one hand there is too much to do. The workload is overwhelming so sometimes I do nothing. Then there are times I work until the point of exhaustion —...

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Who are we listening to?

Who are we listening to?

Who are we listening to? Our waking hours are saturated by an unending flow of information. We have open access to all the content we could ever want and the content we don’t.  The problem is two-fold. First, there is too much. Our minds and hearts can’t contain the flood. Second, there are very few filters in place to sift out bad information....

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Value of a Thing

Value of a Thing

I read a story about a man who inherited a blanket. After his grandmother died and his family members finished “pillaging” her house, he went to sift through what remained. Among her possessions was a dingy blanket no one wanted. He recalled his grandmother had used it for a birthing bed when one of the cats had kittens. He took it home and...

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We Are Small

We Are Small

Usually we act like we are big. We give the finger to people in cars. We kick over anthills. And we use keyboards like machine guns. Also we act like we are smart. We know how to replace livers. We know how to build tiny robots. And we know how to cut apart atoms to blow stuff up. But the truth is we are not that big and we are not that smart. We...

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Fighting a Flood

Fighting a Flood

I was once asked by my boss to help fix a commercial toilet. The head maintenance guy was offsite so they patched him in remotely. The instructions were coming to me second-hand. He told me to turn a large hex bolt attached to the water supply (there were actually two bolts which turned out to be important). At the first turn, water began to...

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Integrity

Integrity

I am an organ donor. So someday when I die, they may open me up. And I hope if they do, they will find the same things on the inside that they saw on the outside. To reference Will Rogers, "Live your life as if you wouldn't be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip."  

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