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ranting & raving about stuff that gets me on my high horse or rips my nightie with more than a question or two thrown in because I don't understand the world around me

It is tough being an introvert in a world that seems very extroverted.

Our lives are constantly telling our kids what is important, what they should value, and how to live their lives. I'm hopeful that what I talk to them about is consistent with my actions.

It is interesting realising just how complicated life and humans are. I'm only really discovering this as I record a podcast for my 3 sons, called, My 3 Sons! We are emotional, complex, and irrational, yet that is also considered normal! The other surprising aspect of the podcast is that I've picked up a few listeners without really publicising it! I suppose this could be considered publicising it, but I have this simply to get things out of my head! I know I could do something more private, but I'm a techy-gadgety-geeky kind of person (as well as emotional and irrational)!

I'm up to episode 6 with my fake counting because I did an episode 0 to explain myself (yes I know I named episode 5 incorrectly, that was because I fooled my counting with that episode 0)! Listen to "ep06, Lies I Believed" by My 3 Sons ⚓

When I travel there are a few tech items I always take. The first thing I pack is my super comfortable, noise cancelling headphones. They make flights a little less disruptive and aid sleeping on the plane (something fairly difficult for me).

The second thing I pack is a Bluetooth speaker. I have a small, but good quality unit with good battery life. This lets me have music or podcasts playing without needing to wear headphones both in the office or in the hotel room. Related to this I always ensure I have hours of podcasts and music available offline!

I also always have a tablet in addition to my laptop. This allows me to read more easily than from my phone and more comfortably than on my laptop. It also gives me the option of watching YouTube videos (I've yet to subscribe to Netflix). Thinking about that, it would be great if hotels put a Chromecast on their TVs do I could watch on a larger screen. I do this a lot when at home.

I also toss an external battery end memory sticks in the pocket of my bag. Mostly there don't get used but it is frustrating when they would be helpful but I don't have them.

Lastly, I often take a second phone with me. This depends on how long I'll be visiting somewhere but is often a money saver. Getting a local prepay SIM can be a lot more cost effective than having to pay the roaming charges on my normal mobile phone. It also means I have a local number which is helpful if I'm visiting people and need to be in touch. Of course increasingly digital and messaging apps like WhatsApp eliminate this need.

When making arrangements for a guest consider whether they need timeout. As an introvert I struggle when a host has me involved with people from breakfast unto bed.

Don't let others tell you what happiness is.

I struggle with how the church has represented Jesus. Jesus I am ok with (although uncomfortable at times), but religion? Not a fan.

I don't like having unread notifications on my phone! But, I also don't like clearing then until I've actually dealt with them. It is a conundrum that is irritating when I'm traveling .I want to leave some notifications until I have space and time to consider a reply. Yet I want notifications to be cleared so everything is finished!

We are all the same. Physically we mostly have the same bits and pieces within the same skeletal structure. Yet as groups of people we are vastly different. Culturally we create norms stay are dramatically diverse. As societies we value different things.

This is the anomalous of life .We are the same and yet we are so different. We are almost incompatible (as wars demonstrate) and then we marvel at the sights, sounds, and tastes of countries far from our own home.

Nothing in life is static. Intellectually, physically, and spiritually, everything continually changes . My understanding of all things evolves and grows. For me this is life and resisting the growth, suppressing development of anything is an attempt to suppress our aliveness. Even my thinking around who Jesus is, was, and should be continues to grow.

However, it started with deciding who he was and my 3 sons must determine this for themselves, as we all do. Listen to this episode of my podcast, My 3 Sons, ep06, Could he be the Messiah?