How Firm a Foundation

Has nothing to do with the hymn, although were I truly clever, I’d think of a way to tie it in.

I’m thinking that for this project to last, it needs a solid foundation. An overarching plan or set of goals that will help keep my on track, both in terms of discipline and perseverance, and topic: I have been known to wander down myriad rabbit trails.

My initial thoughts are these:

  1. My vision/goal is to leave a legacy. I’m pretty sure this does not really count as a goal or a vision. Dream, maybe, in this form. It’s a bit vague as it stands. Loads to ponder and plenty of time to develop it.
  2. I do have two intentions…maybe goals, since they both are totally measurable. Quantitatively, anyway. Quality might be another matter. They are A) including a relevant Scripture passage and B) something for which I am thankful. These are two of the more powerful tools I use to build/maintain a positive perspective. There is negativity enough in the news or my health that looking to the positive is a good thing.

Beyond that, though, I’m pretty much clueless. Not totally–I got this far, right? But mostly.

I know I’m sufficiently ignorant of the nuances of blogging that I don’t even know how to ask a good question.

I do know enough to ask really bad questions and build from there. I have learned a bit about research and the Interwebs make it so much easier…and more challenging. (See aforementioned rabbit trails.)

Why am I doing this, specifically? Well that is point 1 isn’t it?

What am I interested in and why do I think I can add value–why would anyone want to read more than one post out of courtesy?

I guess I already set up a third goal: provoke thinking.

You may have noted that I have the ability to ask a lot of questions without giving any answers. I can give answers too, but they’re mine, and like the gray hair and beard I have, I got them the old fashioned way: I earned them.

I’m here to tell you though, it does not come easy to me. I’m wired to be a teacher. A mentor. And my “training” was predominantly lecture, so that is all too sadly my default. I have been working diligently for decades to overcome it with mixed results.

A good teacher may have you look in the right direction but doesn’t tell you what to see.

We can learn loads from those that came before us; there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

And yet, reinventing the wheel is an absolute necessity, for if we do not make the effort to question at least some of the things that are handed down to test their veracity and grasp that veracity both intellectually and experientially thereby, we end up merely passing down traditions mindlessly.

It’s like the story of the girl who was looking to bake her first roast. She went to her mother to ask how. Mother passed on what she learned from *her* mother, who learned from Mom’s grandmother: what were the best cuts; the best temperatures; best spices, marinates, and bastes; what sides to serve…and that both ends of the piece had to be cut off.

It wasn’t until the girl asked her great grandmother about cutting off the ends that she learned it was simply because great grandmother’s pan was too small.

Inquiring minds want to know.

So, yeah.

I want this project to incorporate Scripture, a note of gratitude, and ask thought provoking questions.

Proverbs 20:5

A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.

That’s what good questions do, I’ve found.

And I’m thankful I found that out.

I’m thankful for the teachers and mentors and protégés in my life that not only gave me this knowledge but also the wisdom of it that comes from experiencing it. From both sides: student and teacher, protégé and mentor.

What is a similar principle or skill that you have learned and experienced like this? Knowledge/wisdom; student/teacher?

Hmm…maybe I *can* tie in the hymn, being that Scripture is a core value:

“How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!”

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