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randomlychad  —  June 17, 2011 — 3 Comments

>Today, my family and I are driving back from vacation. We enjoyed beautiful Sedona, Arizona, passed through Jerome, and stopped in Prescott for lunch.

Regular posting will resume Monday.

Blessings,

Chad

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I don’t know about you, and wouldn’t presume to speak for you, but as a blogger by the time Friday rolls around, I’m tired.

My tank is trending towards empty.

It’s not that I’m out of ideas–it’s simply that I’m too spent to execute on them. So back into the well they go to await the new week.

I don’t know about your workflow, but I find it works best for me to take weekends off to rest, reflect, recharge.

Which is why I say that some creative blocks simply aren’t; sometimes you’re just tired, and need to take time away from the keyboard. Get out, look at the sky, read a book, take a nap, or just play.

Unlike at the gas station, where it is frowned upon, your creative soul functions best when it is topped-off. And higher than the highest octane fuel is just some simple downtime.

I say this in all seriousness: downtime is the best creative Ex-Lax I know. Clears the logjams, lubes the gears, gets one’s mental motility back on rhythm.

In conclusion, don’t feel guilty (trust me: guilt is one of greatest ways to get oneself well and truly blocked) when you feel the need to take time away; in fact, give yourself permission to do just that. Take a break.

You’ll thank me. Now, time for some pinochle. ;-)

This post is part of a synchroblog on creative blocks, which you can read about on Thoughts About Nothing.

>Words With Friendsphoto © 2010 Rex Sorgatz | more info (via: Wylio)

If you’re at all like me, you’ve played the monstrously addicting iOS
game, Words With Friends. For the uninitiated, Words with
Friends (hereinafter WwF–not to be confused with wrasslin’) is an
electronic online Scrabble-type game, which can be played with
friends, family, and frenemies far and wide.

If you’re like me, you’ve also gotten your spouse hooked on said game
(won’t boast at all about how many times I’ve beaten her–that
wouldn’t be proper). Who in turn turned you on to some “really hard
players.”

If you’re like me, and you love words like I do, you’re holding your
own against these “really hard players.” Surging ahead, even.

Except for today, when you found yourself down by forty points. You
had the letters. You had the motive, means, and opportunity.

You were sore tempted. You even arranged the tiles on the game board,
saw the letters there forming the word. You tabulated the score…

But you couldn’t do it. You couldn’t pull the trigger on “Submit,” hit
“Cancel” instead. You recalled your tiles.

Even though it would’ve tied you up, you couldn’t play the “c-word.”
Something in you rebelled, and you played the much safer “coot.”

Congratulations, my friend! You have just–like Jesus did in the
wilderness–beaten your first Word (Temptation) with Friends (or,
WTwF). You are a model of Internet citizenship.

Years from now, children will be told the tale of your character and
valor on the field of play. In fact, God in Heaven is rejoicing over
your wise choice, and will likely honor you with a victory.

Ridiculous, right?

But isn’t it the truth? Don’t we altogether too often take our games
this seriously?

What do you think? (Please prove your gallantry by not cussing me out
in the comments, ok?).

>Today, I have the privilege of guest posting for the vacationing Matt Cannon, otherwise known as the Seeking Pastor. He is a bivocational pastor–meaning he somehow has the time to work a full-time job, lead a church, be a husband, and dad (to five kids!), and blog, too. I don’t know he does it, but am so glad he does. He is one the kindest, funniest souls I’ve encountered anywhere, and count it a great privilege to call him friend.

Here is a taste of my post, Football Tag:

“A few weeks ago, my son and his friend were playing tag. This in itself is not noteworthy–tag is a very common game, played daily all over the world by young and old alike.

It’s not that they were playing tag that’s of note, but the kind of tag that is: football tag. You might ask what’s special about that? I’ll tell you: instead of merely playing catch with the football, which is I guess blasé these days, they were “tagging” each other with it! As in beaning one another, throwing it as hard as they each respectively could at the other’s body parts!”

To read the rest, please head over to Matt’s blog, and checkout Football Tag on The Seeking Pastor. You can also follow Matt on , by clicking here.

Thanks–as always–for reading!

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I need to get something off my chest. Something that’s been bothering me. I really “hate” that Jeff Goins! He’s everywhere on the Internet, and his reach is only growing! Here’s why:

1) As you can read in his The 10 Commandments of Blogging, he has nothing but solid, time-tested, sage words for bloggers like me. In other words, Jeff makes me want to be a better blogger, and thus I have to work harder! You can see how that might upset me, right? ;-)

2) Jeff has a great secret to his blogging success; in addition to being a crackerjack writer, he’s not afraid to make a big “ask” of himself! See his The Most Overlooked Secret to Influencing People. I mean, seriously, if Dale Carnegie were A) still alive; and B) a blogger, he would’ve written this. It’s that good. As before, the wisdom Jeff is sharing just makes me want to step up my game. And make a big “ask” of myself, too!

3)As with Bryan Allain, Jeff is a genuinely nice person. In all of my interactions with him, he’s always encouraged, been kind to, and really taken an interest in me. I always come away feeling smarter, like I can do this–I can grow my blog, too. Then I remember that Jeff is in his late twenties, and I’m nearly forty-two! With probably half the energy and drive that Jeff has. I mean the man works from home, and I’ve gotta commute twenty miles to the office! Where, at least, I’m not working in Superman jammies and fuzzy slippers! ;-)

4) In addition to being just about the hardest working blogger on the Internet, Jeff also works for Adventures In Missions. I mean they train and send Christians out into the mission field to make a difference in the here and now, and for eternity, too! (My friend, Derek, just finished his “World Race,” where he visited eleven countries in eleven months. AIM does that!).

5) While a self-professed “non-athlete,” Jeff does run in marathons, but more importantly, he’s a member of a very important Dream Team. Their purpose? To see other’s dreams birthed into reality for the glory of God. How can one man do all this? I mean this Jeff seems almost superhuman!

6) In addition to all these other awesome things, Jeff bears more than a passing resemblance to Rupert Grint! Yes, that’s right, folks–he looks like Ron Weasley! And truth be told, there’s no magic to it at all: Jeff really does work that hard. (Though I think that there is perhaps a Phoenix feather inside his pen). It’s not fair! ;-)

So as you can see, I have ample reasons to “hate” Jeff. How about you? Do you “hate” him, too? Share in the comments.

PS As before, “hate” is here being used to mean quite the opposite of its strict dictionary definition. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Jeff.