olywakenobi ~ HIT THE MARK ~

Men's Conference. What's that? Well, apparently it's where hundreds of men go to play basketball for the first time in years, where they remember that there are muscles (painful muscles) in their groin, where they eat copious amounts of meat, where they get sunburned because "Men don't wear sunblock! Pshh!", where they catch fish, where they fart freely, where they call timeout in the middle of games, where they realize that they aren't half-bad at archery (as the pic shows, one of several bullseyes I got!), AND where they gain the understanding of the mission of the Men's Conference; for a generation of men to show the upcoming generation of men what it's like to be a positive role model, a positive leader. This world needs more positive leaders. It was a pleasure to see men who didn't just talk about it, they were about it. So grateful for this weekend, and to all the people who made this event what I was! Thank you! ¦¦ #thefoundcollection #bhmen14¦¦
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olywakenobi "... On earth as it is in Heaven..." Brave; adj. - having or showing courage

Heart; n. - one's innermost character, feelings, or inclinations

Brave. Heart. It's my understanding that a Braveheart is someone who exhibits courage through their character; through what they say and do. But why? Why would someone need to show courage as one of the definitions of their character? Well, I think our society has defined us men negatively. We are told to "Man up" and to "Be a man", with the expectation that we be strong and never weak. Weakness, in turn, is what society has said is wrong, weird, and bad. Not what men *should* do. What I've learned is that weakness is humbling. It's proof of how human we are. How of this world we are. It's something, like it or not, that we all share. Our weakness. So then, a Braveheart to me is someone who is courageous in their character, EVEN when that means you show the world your weakness, your vulnerability. A Braveheart is also someone who sees someone's weakness, their vulnerability, and helps by creating a safe environment and lifting the person up, NO MATTER WHAT THAT MAY LOOK LIKE TO THE WORLD. "... On earth as it is in Heaven..." It's my understanding that in Heaven there is no judgment of others, no sorrow, worry, shame, etc. Sometimes we get a glimpse of what Heaven is like here on earth, when we are Brave with our Heart and shed the judgments of others to do the things that we were made to do; love one another. Braveheart ¦¦ #thefoundcollection #bhm14 ¦¦
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olywakenobi "People are never perfect, but love can be." ~ Tom Robbins
I fell in love with blackberries before I ever ate one. True story. While I was driving cross country, from Chicago to Oly, I was reading Still Life With Woodpecker. Tom Robbins descriptions of blackberries hooked me! How could they be growing everywhere, filling every nook and cranny? I'd never seen something like that! An invasive, prickly plant. That fed you. Crazy! ¦¦ #thefoundcollection #summervibes ¦¦
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olywakenobi 10 years ago, I had the audacity to ask my beautiful roommate if she wanted to go hang out downtown with me. She surprised me by saying "Yes". 9 years 11 1/2 years ago, I told my beautiful roommate that I loved her. She surprised me by saying "You have a special place in my heart too". 8 years ago, I had made a decision to stop looking, that I knew I found my soul mate. She surprised me by saying "YES!!!" 7 years ago today, I made a sacred covenant with my beautiful wife. She surprised me when the weight of the word "Forever" hit me. Forever.
Since that day, our marriage has seen laughter and tears, love and hurts, growth and loss. And since that day I knew that I will always have a best friend. We are all broken people. There are times when I feel especially broken, or worse yet, the cause in someone else feeling broken. Through it all, good or bad. The incredible fact that this woman can love me, is simply put, absolute proof that God wants good for me. I am living by Grace. I did nothing to earn this love, this best friend. Yet I have it. And that is enough to humble me, make me give thanks, and to be grateful for every single moment spent with her. My best friend. My beautiful, imperfectly perfect wife.
Happy Anniversary, honey. Let's live life together. Forever. ¦¦ #thefoundcollection #anniversaryvibes ¦¦
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olywakenobi "Times is hard,
And things are a changin', I pray to GOD,
That we can remain the same,
All I'm trying to say, is our love don't have to change,
No, it don't have to change..." ~ My heart is heavy. Pray for our family. Pray for people that are suffering. Be kind. Be of service. Be humble. ~ ¦¦ #thefoundcollection #chasinglight ¦¦
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olywakenobi The other day I was playing Disc Golf. I was playing pretty well. The guys I was with asked if I could give them some advice. Without flinching, my heart opened. I said, "Just make sure that every morning when you wake up, you give thanks, and are grateful for what you have. Everything else will fall into place." Not exactly what they were looking for, but it was the best advice I could give. ~~~
Hug the ones you love. Look them in their eyes and tell them that you love them. Be kind to people, especially the people you struggle with. Be the light in someone's darkness. Be humble. Be cool. ~~~
¦¦ #thefoundcollection #chasinglight ¦¦
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olywakenobi ~ R E F L E C T ~

I've had time to reflect on the last week (and rest my feet!). I served as the Kitchen Director for the Youth Camp, Solid Rock Ranch. I was, and in reflecting on the concerted effort it takes to make something like this work, completely blown away by the servant hearts of the volunteers. All of them. At the core of what I can do in a kitchen, I feel like I am a "Kitchen Grunt", I carry a gotta-get-it-done attitude. That attitude comes from years of kitchen work. I was floored to see people who were volunteering in the kitchen, especially the ones with little to no kitchen experience, come to life with that attitude. No one quit. No one said, "We can't do that". It was always, "We got this" followed by "What's next?" The group of volunteers I was responsible for turned into a true-blue, real Kitchen Crew! Thank God for the opportunity to serve and lead. I am changed. And humbled. "What's next?" ¦¦ #thefoundcollection #reflection ¦¦
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olywakenobi I just got back from a week of serving at the Youth Camp, and I think someone slipped my garden some steroids! Geez! The corn is about 10ft tall! ¦¦ #thefoundcollection #summervibes ¦¦ 1mon

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olywakenobi Miracles happen every day. ¦¦ #thefoundcollection #memories ¦¦ 1mon

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olywakenobi Me? I wander around when I talk on the phone. Also, totally throw my hands in the air, and wave them around like I just don't care... Or, I mean, I talk with my hands. Not like sign language, but like waving them around like I just don't care. ¦¦ #thefoundcollection #chasinglight ¦¦ 1mon

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olywakenobi Sitting in the tall grass, watching a deer watch me. She's probably wondering what I'm doing sitting where she lays. Well, I'm eating almonds & Zots (don't ask), and drinking leftover smoothie out of a jar like a hipster apparently does (according to my wife), while watching the sun go down and thinking about the blessings of the day. ¦¦ #thefoundcollection #chasinglight ¦¦ 2mon

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olywakenobi My first ever #tbt! Heh! This is taken during our recent trip to the Oregon Coast. Funny story about our room with a view. It didn't come with a fan. And it got hot in there. Even at night. So the only way to cool down the room was to leave the balcony door open. Which was fine, because there's no bugs on the Coast and the waves are a sweet lullaby. BUT there were about a dozen beach bonfires. So it smelled like a campfire throughout the night. Needless to say, we all slept comfortably sound. The end. ¦¦ #thefoundcollection #chasinglight ¦¦ 2mon

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