I am attending OpenCamp 2010 in Addison, TX

Building a Dream Life

New Year Firewalking

First Time Firewalking

Filled with Joy, Enthusiasm and PASSION

For years now I have been hearing about blogging and I felt that it was beyond me. I would tell myself, “Who would read what I wrote, and why would they care anyway.”  A year ago I felt that I was ready to get past all of these excuses and I paid my money and I hosted a blog entitled “Mindful Ramblings” and it was so successful I never even got the first post made, (sarcastic HA-HA) but I still paid my money each month to have an empty blog because I knew that I needed to do it for my own happiness.

Well as the progression of things goes, I met Lorelle VanFossen at this year’s PODCamp in Phoenix, AZ. She gave a great tutorial on blogging and how to use WordPress.  Lorelle made it so easy that within an hour I had created a new blog, Marvin’s Test Blog.  I didn’t realize that it would be a test of silence, testing me on how long I could be silent and not blog.  What impressed me even more than how easy Lorelle made blogging was a conversation that I had with her in the hall after the training session.  Lorelle gave a sense of the passion that she has for blogging and sharing that with the virtual community that exist, just to be of help by putting herself out there.  I’m not sure that that is how she feels about it but that is what I felt from her sharing and the support that she gave me in going forth with my endeavors. Thank you, Lorelle.

My first trip with Charmin.

Who would have thought that I, a former Iowa State University Journalism major, would be typing away on my own computer and then publishing it?  One of my first tasks in my parent’s newspaper business was to put hand set type back into the type case, just to date myself a little.  You might think it to be natural but you haven’t gotten to know me yet. Recluse, hermit, loner might be some good adjectives to describe my current disposition.  It has been a long journey from lying in bed at age 6 or 7 and dreaming about being a writer to now finally putting my first thoughts out there to be seen.

If you follow my blog I’m sure that you will get to read a lot about what has lead me to this point and the inspiration that it has given me, which is why I have included these two pictures to remind me of two major turning points in my life.

First, I would like to introduce you to a traveling companion that I have traveled with for about 25 years now.

It is my Great pleasure to introduce to you, Charmin, who is not just a teddy bear but a certified medical instrument. We first met at a “Power of Laughter and Play” workshop in Anaheim, CA in 1985.  All that you can see in the picture is a nose and a head covered with my sunglasses and my hat. You’ll be able to read more about our meeting in the blog category “Charmin’s Travels.” At this point I would like to tell you why I started to carry Charmin and what it has to do with this blog.  As I mentioned earlier hermit is a good way to describe me but that is not consistent with being a minister and teacher, which began about 35 years ago.  I carry Charmin to remind me not to be invisible.  It’s hard to be invisible riding a bike in Los Angeles carrying a bear in a backpack on your back. I also carry Charmin because I think it brings a smile to people when they see Charmin and it lets me know that by just being present with people I have an effect on them, good or not so good.  This is what I need to keep telling myself as I write this blog, “I am present and not invisible.  What I write and express does affect the lives of people whether we interact personally or not.”

(I’m chuckling to myself as I write this because in the last few sentences I used the words effect and affect.  This was a topic for many questions in journalism classes as to which was correct to use and when.  Now I don’t even have to know, a word processor can tell me which is correct and when.  Why didn’t I have this when I was in school?)

The other picture that I have included is a picture that was taken of me at my first fire walking ceremony Jan. 2, 2010 in Tempe, AZ.  This is another thing that I had heard that people did but I never thought that it would be me.  I posted it to remind me to let go of my fears and beliefs about things and GO for it.  If not for this idea I would probably be sitting here thinking that blogging is a great idea and that some day it would be great to begin, instead of writing this right now.

Who would have thought?  How many times do we tell ourselves that is beyond me or I don’t know how to do that.  At that point in time that might be true but it is only true for how long we want to believe it and not move forward to change those ideas.  Walking on hot burning coal, 1,200 degrees, was not something that I believed was possible for me but now I can say that I have done it.

I am creating this blog for that very reason to walk on the burning fears that keep me from going forward to live a life filled with Joy, Enthusiasm and PASSION.  I invite you to walk with me through those beliefs that hold us back and create new ones of Great Possibilities.

We Walk TOgether,

Rev Marvin Brown

Chan Thien Tan / True Good Energy

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