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Writing About Not Writing
This was going to be a quick note in the chat but now it's 500 words.
I'm sorry I've been so quiet. Things have been pretty nonstop. I was planning to write about seeing U2 at Sphere in Las Vegas last weekend, and then the next day we learned what happened in Israel, and now what's happening in Gaza. And it didn't feel right to do a post about my awesome night in the midst of so much tragedy. My heart has been heavy and I would imagine you can relate.
After Vegas I drove to Los Angeles to spend a couple days with my sister Emily. I got back to Florida yesterday and led a small-group conversation last night. We talked about God and faith and shared our questions and the whole thing felt really good.
I started working on a new post, which I was hoping to share today, but it needs more time. Which brings us to another cool concert.
My friend JP Saxe is opening for John Mayer tonight in Tampa and I just made the game-day decision to say yes to his invite. Tampa is a hike from Melbourne but I know it will be worth it. This is a lot of writing for a note about not writing but I wanted to apologize. I promise to be back to normal and back to writing consistently super soon. One of the first comments—maybe even the very first—that I remember in response to the original TWLOHA story, said that in order to tell good stories, one must live good stories. That has stayed with me for more than 17 years. Of course it can be hard to find the balance and it's interesting to have a bunch of fun plans all of the sudden after so many quiet months at home, but hopefully I’m living good stories.
One last thing about JP, who I'm seeing tonight. The night I met him and the first time I heard him sing, it was because he had paid his own way to Florida to be part of TWLOHA's HEAVY AND LIGHT event. This was back in 2018. JP joined his friend Tonya Ingram, a spoken-word poet and longtime friend of the organization, who we had invited to perform. Tonya passed away at the beginning of this year. JP was the one who called to tell me the news. I’m going to spend some time remembering our friend Tonya on the drive across the state. I know she would be proud of JP, and I know I’m grateful to Tonya for connecting us.
Well, this was going to be a quick note in the chat but now it’s 500 words about not writing. Haha. I’ll be back soon with a proper post. Thank You for supporting me.
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Upcoming small-group conversations: Join me Thursday, October 19 for the first-ever “Magical Mystery Talk.” Bring your own topic and let’s see what happens.
New Date Added: The first two groups sold out so I’ve added a third. Join me on Thursday, October 26 for “What I Believe About God and What God Believes About Me.”
Calling all public speakers, whether you’re a pro or simply curious or somewhere in between. For the first time ever, I’m hosting a workshop focused on sharing everything I’ve learned in 17 (or possibly 31) years of public speaking. “All You Need Is Water” is happening November 3 & 4.