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Mistakes I made in ’08

Posted by twpeck on January 10, 2009

The end of the year is a time of retrospect and looking forward and blah, blah, blah.

Let’s face it.  No one really wants to think about their mistakes, errors, failures, and “on-purposes”.  We like to believe, and maybe some of think, that we are good people.

Ask most people and they will say something like – “I’m a good person even though I…” 

I think that comes from our inherent desire to be balanced.  Experts always talk about how good it is to be balanced – in our investments, in our work-home time, in our rest-activity.  It is a logical step to put that in our moral life and to start to look at this as a scale.

OK – I watched a little porn but then I shoveled the neighbors driveway.  I lied to my wife about why I was late (it wasn’t a train or traffic or an accident, I was just thoughtless) but I played with the kids.  I stole some pads from work but I put a dollar in the Salvation Army pot at Walmart.

We have a local case here in Saginaw where a woman who was convicted of drug-dealing and escaped from prison, was captured a number of years later out on the coast where she was now a middle-class wife/mother and doing no harm.  She might have even been doing some good like being active in the PTA .  The watercooler discussion is “should she go back to prision”?  

My daughter has moved out of her Hannah Montana phase, but there was a song she played that had this recurring line “Everyone makes mistakes”.  That is true, but it does not exonerate or excuse.  My mom used to say “if everyone were jumping off a cliff, would you jump too?”

I never told her this but at times I have jumped off that cliff, and on the way down I yelled “but everyone else…”

So, I am trying not to yell “but everyone else” because doing what we are supposed to do does not make up for doing what we failed to do. Recognizing that we did wrong and what flaw in our character allowed for that, and then resolving to address that character flaw, will help.

So here’s my list of what “mistakes” I made in ’08

  1. I did not trust God enough
  2. I did not repent enough
  3. I did not love others more than myself enough.

You really didn’t think I would be tranparent enough to give the specifics?

Hmmm – guess I’ll have transparency to next year’s list.

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Weird things happen as you grow older.

Posted by twpeck on July 10, 2008

Weird things happen as you grow older – in my mind I haven’t changed much but in the mirror – oh, yuck!

I played soft-pitch softball on Monday night and did quite well. I pitched the whole game and did pretty well. Not a single walk and we actually won (our team’s job has turned out to esteem the other teams as we are now something like 12-2).

Yesterday (Wednesday) I was sitting at my desk and suddenly I noticed that my right shoulder was sore, and it hurt to lift my arm up more than a few inches.

I usually don’t like to tell Jill, my wife, about pains because she makes me go to the doctor or chiropractor or some medical person, but I did. Haven’t made the appointment yet, but I am sitting here wondering if I will be able to play the game tonight (probably not).

You would think that I would be more worried about how, if this is serious, it could effect more important areas (like my job) or that this is an aspect of some other more serious disease.

Nope.

I am worried about the game tonight.

Like I said, weird things happen as you grow older… but actually this is how I was when I was younger.

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