Just a brief note about this blog. When I started it in January of 2012 - my intention was to write a thought once a day - as a spiritual journal. I did not intend to write anything earth shattering - and I don't think I have - just my thoughts and reactions to things happening around me and in my personal life. Those who know me well can pick out the topics that were written because of something that touched me personally - some funny - some otherwise. I am proud to say - a little laugh here - that I missed my goal. Instead of 365 entries in 2012 I only managed to get out 282 posts. Although I did fall short by 83 posts - I am pleased that I did manage to write as many as I did. Rather than beat myself up - I will pat myself on the back for sticking with this project and publishing as many as I did. I will note here that in addition to this blog - I do also write other pieces - that have nothing to do with spirituality - on HubPages - as well as maintain two web sites and five pages on Facebook - so I am busy. In the near future I will be starting another Blog about my training and eventually walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela later this year. So as of this post on February 1, 2013 this is post #301.OK - to clarify - this is not bragging - this is an update for my friends who read my posts on a regular basis - so why this post? Well quite honestly I know that life is short and that each of us has only so much time to accomplish whatever goal we are suppose to. I am not positive - but I think my job is to help empower people. I was told by a priest once - who frowned when I said that - that to empower people was reserved for priests. I don't know about that - but I do know first hand that on occasion - I do inspire people. My sons have always been impressed about how quickly I can do mathematical calculations in my head - no fingers - no paper - so that is OK. Nowadays - I think my goal is to help people see that they have the power to make their lives better - that the future holds a ton of opportunities - a world full of things that any ordinary person may accomplish. I am one of those ordinary guys who has walked with angels and broke bread with saints - not those canonized by the Church - but the angels and saints who I meet and live life with on a daily basis. I want everyone to know that I freely share my story and thoughts to inspire them to seek better for themselves - their families - not to make them feel bad - but to make them feel good and bring hope into lives that have been beat up and lied to. I want to share the Good News - that Jesus is Lord - Lord of my life - Lord of theirs. To everyone - friend and foe - I want to bring peace and joy.