I've been telling myself for a while now that I will get back to blogging (and a number of other things) regularly "when my life finally gets back to normal."
Interestingly life hasn't seemed to slow down at all in the past number of weeks, so finally I've decided that there is only one way to get back to blogging - do it regardless of whether I feel like I have time or not.
Then I went to church this morning and my outlook changed just a little. At least as far as this particular blog post is concerned.
Thinking about stories
This morning the pastor at the church I've been attending the last few weeks, talked about the "story of the Bible." How from beginning to end it fits together. Creation, the fall, the children of Israel, Jesus, the early church...
His point was that the entire story experiences a "climax" a "turning point" on the first Good friday and then Easter Sunday. Everything else is either leading up to that moment or referencing that moment.
Maybe this feels like a bit of a tangent in relation to the things I've been covering here on the blog in the last few weeks. However I don't think there has to be a disconnect between what we are here for and what we do.
Actually if there is a huge disconnect between those two things I think we could say that we are in a whole bunch of trouble.
Uhm... what about my story?
So I've done a bit of thinking about my story. I don't think it ranks anywhere on any New York Best sellers list, but that really isn't important.
The life I am living. The daily existence that I am a part of is my story. Because it is my story, it is of exceptional interest to me.
I've been a fan of the writings of Donald Miller for some time. He often refers to life as a book, or as a story. There are all kinds of elements that must come together to have a good and captivating story. Donald's question to his readers is often, "what are you writing? Where is your story going?"
I guess I don't know how my story ends. In fact if I knew how it ends there is a fair chance that I'd laugh right now... Isn't that often the nature of a story? The end is never what you think it will be in the beginning.
[caption id="attachment_5124" align="aligncenter" width="1300"] My day at The Iron Yard[/caption]
A number of you have been asking what a "normal day" looks like for me as a student here at the Iron Yard. I thought I'd take a few minutes and give you somewhat of an overview of a "normal day."
Let's begin by defining what "normal" means in this case. The day I am describing would fit the bill for Monday through Thursday. Friday is a full day of homework, other than that it follows a fairly similar track.
The Night Before
I feel like I should start before the morning comes, because the success of my days at the Iron Yard starts the night before.
I don't have a whole lot of a social life right now. Not because I couldn't but more because I choose to focus on learning Ruby on Rails. I try to stretch my social life muscle on the weekend.
One of the benefits of not having much of a social life is that I can go to bed early. I try to be in bed by 9 or 9:30... I can still function if I get less sleep, just not as well.