Thursday, 7 March 2013

Greetings people out there people in the Interweb!!!

well this is embarrassing...I blinked and suddenly its 2013!! March no less,

Life seems divided into two main challenges at the moment...

1) figure out life/ jobs

Whilst in many ways my job is brilliant (it pays me every month without fail) It has the downside of expecting me to turn up every day and pledge most of my life to boring activities involving the computer and the telephone. 

Thus I have concluded that there is more to life than money every month, so I have applied to study the newly named Early years teacher qualification. 
Meanwhile i'm trying to figure out how long i'll be able to bear the current job for!! The sliver lining to the corporate world is the people I share a 'pod' with, we chuck sweets over the dividers and its a really generous and kind culture which is pretty amazing really.

I have also just joined Incubate, an idea being pioneered  by a friend. Its a collective of people who like me are unsure what to do. We are committing look at our passions and dreams to find out whether we can make money from them. Its a brilliant idea and promises to be both creative and challenging.

2) Community

life in my Oikos (Greek for family) continues on wonderfully, we had a period of fasting recently, similar to Ramadan so we only ate in the night time for 3 weeks, it was amazing and you'd be surprised how quickly you learn to go without lunch!!! Makes me wonder why we eat so much when we can survive on less, interesting. 

Some of the guys participated in a Fear fast, challenging themselves to do scary things everyday culminating in sharing the gospel before a showing of the beautiful and redemption filled Les Miserables. 

We are moving into a more missional phase of community living, starting to have Bring and shares rather than sit down meals as we're getting too big for our ovens. Hoping this will allow more space for growth! We've been reading a Neil Cole book called 'Organic Church' which talks about planting churches in coffee shops and learning to let go of the church building as a way of reproducing church quickly and effectively, An interesting idea in our predominantly Muslim community i'll let you know how it goes!!

And I think I'll finish with some Rumi for your delectation, saw this on a blog recently and loved it...

“The Guest House” by Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

(from The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)

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