Friday Stream of Consciousness – 53

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Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

I love the age our older two daughters are at (9 and 8), compared to our youngest (2). I heard older parents refer to elementary school as “the glory years of parenting.” I really enjoy these years.

In church, it’s a great temptation for upper middle-class people to dress like the widow with two mites as to avoid the expectation of generosity.

Another temptation is to claim one’s giving is sacrificial when in fact it simply means one loses the freedom to spend whatever whenever.

I wonder if Hurricane Sandy would have even been noticed if it had happened in Nebraska, rather than a media hub? Who cares? People are people, and those impacted by the hurricane deserve our prayers and help.

At the risk of drawing massive scorn from my readership (which is highly Apple biased), I’m switching back to Windows from Mac with the release of Windows 8. I spent the week playing with it–and love it. I love the look, I love that even the laptops are touchscreen, and the superior software options. If you are a writer, Mac has some eye-catching software, but their editing software is poor by comparison. The biggest reason–I’m fed up with Apple’s bilking of it’s customers. Now, I can get bilked by someone else 😉

I love that Microsoft is launching a comeback right now. The wars between Google, Apple, and Microsoft mean cheaper, better service for everyone–whichever platform you pick.

New Release – Breaking Through Imaginative Gridlock

Breaking Through Imaginative Gridlock - Tim Spivey

I’m pleased to announce the release of a new leadership experience I’ve authored, Breaking Through Imaginative Gridlock: Asking Better/Different Questions to Get Breakthrough Ideas, in partnership with Leadership Network through the app Leadia.

Leadia is a mobile app from Leadership Network that combines concise innovative ideas, dynamic embedded media, and integrated social networking. It includes nearly 10,000 words of text, several short teaching videos, and the ability to interact with other readers via social media. Learn more about Leadia by clicking here.

I created this Leadia experience to help those suffering the ministry equivalent of “writer’s block.” I believe some ideas with the greatest potential to help the Kingdom advance can come from those who don’t consider themselves very imaginative, but even the most “creative” among us will need to break through imaginative gridlock at some point. My hope is this leadership experience can be a step forward in that process.

Here are some excerpts:

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 47

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Here are some things on my mind this Friday:

-I’d rather have a long meal at a good restaurant with Emily (my wife) than nearly anything else.
-To me, the best blogs are well written, have great content, and a clear sense of why people read it. I’ve been blogging for several years now, and I know how easy it is to get pulled off track.
-Having said that, it’s also a blogger’s prerogative to mix it up a bit–if for no other reason than to stir their own creativity. Long term, it’s probably a win for the readers.
-Do you think people can develop truly close relationships with people exclusively online–meaning, they’ve never met? I think so…with some hesitation.
-The new Junot Diaz book is out. I love his writing, despite the fact it’s content can get rather harsh at times. He knows how to tell difficult stories.
-If our opinion of the media continues to decline, where will we get news? To me, epistemology (how we know what we know) is going to be a fascinating field in the years to come.