Remembering the Big Picture

Throughout the posts on this blog, I’ve shared a lot about myself, my desires, and my thoughts. It’s clearly a very personal blog. It does not, however, cover everything I think about. There is so much more that goes through my mind on a daily basis that I don’t mention or share here, mostly because it isn’t possible to say everything I’d like to say.

Primarily, I’m thinking now about the current state of things in this country and around the world. As I write this, Hurricane Harvey has taken its toll on Houston, Texas and the surrounding areas. The cleanup is underway while yet another more powerful storm, Hurricane Irma, is making landfall and affecting still more people in the Caribbean. Beyond the natural disasters in the US, clearly there is much more going on in the world at large. The continuing refugee crisis in Syria and its effect on Europe. The nuclear threat of North Korea. Instability in Venezuela. Hunger and poverty in countries all over the planet. This is just to name a scant few. Time and space don’t permit me to mention everything going on around the world.

It’s often difficult for us to see beyond our own circumstances, regardless of how big or small they are in the grand scheme. I’m certainly guilty of this. This is especially apparent because of my publishing details about my life on the Internet. Given the personal nature of this blog, it could well seem nearsighted of me to focus only on my own issues, struggles, and dilemmas. Some may think of me as out of touch with the true issues facing today’s world.

When I consider that my current uncertainty (discussed here) focuses on whether to travel abroad or not, I see that it’s a first-world-problem if ever one existed. Yes, these are real questions I have to answer. And, to be fair, this decision does have a big impact on my life.

Yet as I consider this possibility, I want to keep in mind the fact that there are issues and problems with much more immediate and dire consequences than mine. My own concerns pale in comparison to the depth of the real problems that abound in the lives of others all over the globe.

I’ll continue to post and give updates about my thoughts, plans, activities, and the like. However, I never want to give the impression that what’s important to me and to my life is all there is. It’s not. The world is a much bigger place with a lot of people who have much bigger problems than I do.

If you feel so inclined, say a prayer for our world today. We need it.

A pilgrimage is an intensely personal journey, but it is not one that a pilgrim undertakes alone.  I don’t want to ‘talk’ into a vacuum.  I want to hear other voices, too.  What I’m trying to say is, I want feedback!  Have I spoken something to you?  Is there something you think I should know?  Do you have a question about something I said?  Please leave a comment below or contact me at

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