out of town
(out of town the next 3 weekends, again).. this weekend I’m in Raleigh NC.. as I take the circuitous routes around the country, I’ve observed more of the national sameness of corporate franchising, with subtle regional distinctives.. I find some people to be more atuned to small differences, while on the whole, America is America.. people hit their McDonalds and Wal-Marts, and life goes on sorta like that..
Loyalty is a funny thing, I find a generational difference on how they understand this concept.. I believe I’m a loyal person, and honor my commitments, and I do have a variety of interests and involvements.. but for some, it seems to be a big deal to focus on only one thing (to the exclusion of others), be it a job situation or a church life situation.. life is much bigger than that, maybe not for everybody, but certainly for some.. I don’t think one has to become an independent consultant working for himself, in order to be working with a variety of people & situations.. I myself have 2 part-time jobs, for going on 4 years now, and it’s been a good thing for me, keeps life interesting and vibrant for me.. yes, while there is a value to staying with one thing (regardless of what the Jack Palance sage character Curly said in City Slickers), whether you call it focus or priority or loyalty, I don’t think it is the only way to live and move and have our being — this isn’t to say that we don’t need to have a loyalty.. loyalty isn’t to a thing, job, or institution, it is to God. That has to be settled first and foremost.. the rest are a response and overflow..