“To evoke or draw out (a response, answer, or fact)”… according to Google, is the definition of the word “elicit.”
And so, you may ask, why I am writing this post? To elicit your response. I want to engage in a conversation with you, or at least to elicit a conversation within yourself… What makes you who you are? What is the reasoning behind the choices you make every day? Why choose blue over red? -or red over blue? -or what have you… when you are infront of your closet in the morning, deciding what to wear? Why do you work where you do? Why not blow off the errands you need to do and just sit by the fireside while sipping some hot cocoa tonight?
The answer? Because you care. You care about those guests who are coming over for Thanksgiving dinner this week. You care about looking your best when you step foot out of this home. You care about the choices you make on a daily basis because they have an effect on the rest of your life, on your health, on your mood, perspective, and attitude.
You know what? So do I. I care – not just about myself – but also about you. I want to know who reads these posts. I want to know why they are or are not as engaging. I want to know what you look forward to reading about. What are your deepest desires? What are your deepest fears? I will share mine with you. My deepest desire is to connect with another person on a deeper level, through open and honest communication. My deepest fear is never finding this person, or giving up on finding them.
I’ve just started the conversation, but it’s up to you to do your part as well. What are you passionate about? What drives you to wake up every morning and face the day ahead?
Dig deep and seek something, some notion, that there is something bigger than yourself in this universe… Why do we feel so small next to the ocean or below the plethora of stars in the night sky?
A simple fish, the symbol early Christians used to identify themselves as followers of Christ.
Some have seen it in other terms:
But what more evidence than than Jesus’ resurrection is needed? He was seen by hundreds of people after his crucifixion.
For believers, it may be easy to believe without seeing for themselves, without something tangible as “proof,” as they witness God’s love knowingly, but until we can explain the meaning of our faith in anything – others will not choose God. Faith is believing without seeing just like having faith in oneself. But to choose to have faith in something greater than yourself, that is ultimately rewarding in the way it shapes your life forever.
Be respectful or be quiet! The last eight years, several thousands if not millions of people have felt the way you do right now – unsure of the future and fearful of the direction that this nation might be going toward – but that didn’t give them the idea to burn the sacred symbols of this country and rip it to shreds with hatred. Look at yourselves! You are behaving like children – sore losers! What will history remember about you? That you filled the streets with fear and hatred, burning flags and cars, etc. I seriously want to know who’s paying you to do this. It may sound crass, but I’m damned sure someone is behind this demonstration just like the free iPhones given to those who would protest certain things that I still cannot believe.
It’s time – time to get real. The nation elected someone and if you don’t like it, at least be respectful to those around you or be quiet. No one wants to hear you whine and cry about how depressed you are. Believe me, I know. I have whined and cried at being depressed on personal terms outside of this election – not because of it – and no one benefits from it. It brings people down. This is a time in our history when we need desperately to be united and strong in our faith about the future of our country or else it will all go downhill. Is that what you want? It’s not what I want! And I happen to feel that what I want is for this country to be at its absolute best no matter who leads us there.
In this world, where it isn’t exactly rewarded publicly – where heroes go unnoticed every moment of every day – it’s hard to remember, but here’s a reminder to always stay humble and kind: