Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
When I was 10 years I was really good at soccer (That's what my mom always told me and I think I scored several times per game). For some reason since then I haven't played a lot of soccer and my skills have diminished yet I still think my mom would say I'm really good (I have the best mom). So for the last 4 weeks I have joined some coworkers to play in a rec league and it has been really fun for me but painful, as I realize that I am not that good. I run all around, tire after 5 minutes of sprinting towards a ball I can't catch, subbing out, then subbing in, and repeating the process. When I shoot I miss, or it gets stopped by the goally as it pitifully and slowly rolls into his hands. I played goally last week and I wasn't anywhere near the goal box when the other team scored. So I have been thinking a lot about soccer and how I can contribute to the team and help and not hinder them- and a few days ago I decided that maybe I was destined to play defense. So as hard as it was, I decided to just stay back and defend and all of a sudden I am noticably helping the team and not hurting them- the position plays to my strengths. And I was happy and the team was a lot happier and we did better.So I was thinking how that is like life. We bounce around from job to job or position to position in life and we will always be mediocre or poor unless we find the right position and play to our strengths. When we discover our strengths and then use them, we are definitely happier and more helpful to others. It is usually a better use of time and energy to find and develop our strengths than it is to try to be the best at something we are not fit for.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Last night we went to the Duke Ellington orchestra concert at abravanel hall. It was fun for about 30 minutes. I learned that I don't know much about Jazz or music or orchestras and the less you know and understand something the less you are able to really appreciate it- I think that is a universal principle. Perhaps that is why we are to constantly study the gospel of Jesus Christ. The more we understand the more we appreciate it tand the more we appreciate it the more joy and happiness we receive.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
More pictures to come when I get home and upload to computer.
We met these three awesome Korean on the train from Füssen and they taught us several words in Korean and we spoke for hours. We said goodbye as we headed off to Bern Switzerland and try went off to Munich. Two days later, as we were walking back from our hike up Harder Kuhn, which I will tell you about later, we saw them again and said hi, but thy were across a busy street and so we didn't talk to them.Today, as I was about to run down the hill and take off on a hangglider, I saw one of them that was readying to go paragliding- So at the bottom we all got together and took a couple of pictures. Ironically, two of them are studying statistics and the other mathematics, Michelle got along with them really really well.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Last night we found a place in füssen but afterwards we found out that the church was an hour away by train. Well, because of Michelle's navigation skills we got to church fine, due to my navigation skills on the way back we took the wrong train going in the wrong direction and costing us a lot of time and as a result it is midnight and we are still on a train, trying to get to somewhere we can sleep. Definitely an adventure.We just got to Switzerland tonight.
It was a blast.
I have been calling it munchen.
Here is my beautiful wife with her backpack. Train from München to about 5 different cities and transfers (bus and train) so that we can go see the Neuschwanstein castle. But the ride was an adventure.
Jumped on this bus and we got caught behind a tractor on a narrow road for 5 minutes and I think it made us miss the train that would have got us to Füssen earlier.
If this picture shows up- remind me to tell you the story of our encounter with this person.
We finally made it to füssen and found a cool and inexpensive B&B.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
After the concentration camp we went to dinner and we saw all these ladies dressed up in traditional German dresses and the men in leprachaun shorts and cool shirts and vests and boots, and so after dinner I convinced Michelle that we should follow them and so we followed some people a few blocks to see where they were going and it was a huge carnival and a huge crowd of people eating and drinking pitchers (1 pitcher at a time per person) of beer, a band playing on stage, everybody talking and laughing, a waitress darting through the crowd carrying a full pitcher of beer that spills over the top and onto the floor, 10 people to a 6 person table and close to 200 tables- the whole town of Dachau must have been there.
It was just like you'd imagine or see in a movie with German's and lots of beer. We got through the walk way with no beer spilling on us and at the other end was a fair going on.We walked around and got ice cream and people watched. Michelle let me ride in the bumper cars and after I figured out how to put the token in front so that it would go, I had a lot of fun and it was awesome.
I thought to myself. People really are the same everywhere- they may dress different and they may speak an unknown language, but they find joy and entertaiment in similar ways (and sadness and pain too). I saw a huge group of people enjoying time with their friends, riding bumper cars, playing carnival games, licking ice cream off a cone in the rain, and eating good food- people all looking for happiness ( I mean it is "the object and design of our existence") and I think and saw that many don't know where to find it.