prayer

Worrying is like praying for what you don't want alvin August 21, 2019 - 10:49am

For the person in your life who always says, “I worry ...”

Senility Prayer alvin June 25, 2019 - 11:42am

I first saw this Senility Prayer at my wife’s grandparents’ house many moons ago, and it still makes me smile.

Creating a prayer that has meaning to me

Once upon a time I lived in Alabama and had a 52-mile daily drive to work at a NASA facility in Mississippi, which gave me a lot of time to think. At one point on the trip you pass eight churches in ten miles — a friend referred to that stretch as “The highway to heaven” — and seeing weddings, funerals, and other gatherings at those churches led me to think about life, death, and spirituality.

I was very aware that I was a spiritual being since I was 16, but despite that I never cared for a religious framework; every church I’d ever been to seemed superficial compared to what I had experienced. That being said, I always thought prayer was a good thing — it helped to create a proper state of mind — so I tried to come up my own prayer, something I could believe in.

One idea I came up with was to write some sort of prayer that would honor the ancestors that led to my life on Earth. But, I thought, a problem with this approach was that my ancestors weren’t all that honorable. My mom is probably the nicest person in the world, so there was no problem there, but without getting into details, my dad, my grandparents, aunts and uncles ... there weren’t many people I was concerned about honoring.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Power of prayer isn’t stopping the bullets

As I wrote a few weeks ago, I’m tired of politicians saying after yet another shooting that they’ll pray for the victims and their families. Those words are hollow, and the United States needs gun reform. This tweet by Neil deGrasse Tyson echoes my feelings about politicians hollow words.

You have to put in the work

This morning I was thinking about something that I want to accomplish, and as I thought about it a voice in my brain said, “You can’t just wish for it, you have to put in the work.” That seems like good advice in general.