Its been a while (since I’ve listened Staind), but I think its time for another top ten list.
These used to be rather frequent, and it is time again for them to emerge to the forefront.
Bullet point blogs used to also be in vogue, maybe I’ll bring those back someday.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about a list like this almost every time I finish working out, so we may as well start the list with that, so here in no particular order is my current top ten things:
1. The feeling of slight uncoordination and general weakness after a good, intense workout; you know, the kind where you are almost certain you will be sore the next morning when you stumble out of bed at 4am and try to empty your tank in the dark, hoping nothing is obstructing the pathway to the porcelain bowl oh so close to where you sleep at night.
2. Slightly similar, but also unrelated, the feeling of hunger around 6pm after not eating too many calories throughout a long day of classes and work.
3. The smell of the air on a fresh fall morning. This one is actually the simplest to describe.
4. The absence of sound at 4am and the feeling of solitude from the top of the Marquis parking garage overlooking the Dallas skyline, magnified by the intensity of God’s presence in that moment.
5. The beautiful simplicity of mewithoutYou’s “Brother, Sister” amplified through a car stereo, mixed with the sounds of traffic on I-20 wafting through my open windows as you drive away from Arlington mid morning on a day off.
6. The serenity of reading Herodotus on the benches adjacent Davidson and Chafer Chapel in between Spiritual Life and Intro to Theo on a slightly breezy, perfectly clear autumn afternoon.
7. The energizing effect of studying Horrell’s Theology notes late at night set to the sound of Between the Buried and Me’s newest magnum opus “Colors” (Note: this is not compatible with items 3 & 4, however it pairs perfectly the night before item 5, please use caution if re-enacting)
8. The inspiration from watching the sunset behind the Dallas skyline on a crisp early evening with just enough clouds to reflect the sun’s dying rays of light before dusk encompasses the area and the air becomes pleasantly cool enough for the donning of a hoodie.
9. The seeds of friendship, sown in the fall semester of the first year of many more to come at a new school, that with careful time and attention (and a well-discerned amount of water) could bloom into life long bonds and partnerships in future endeavors in this life and the next.
10. The reviving effect of putting one’s feelings to music in the solitude of one’s dwelling, with other soul’s unaware of what you are emoting, but knowing One can hear your spirit put to sound.
So there you go, that the current list. On this list at least you could try it out for yourself, most of it is completely free to experience, but you will need to following in order to fully experience the list:
- An apartment, or dorm room
- Access to a gym, or other workout facility (Word of Life even has the semblance of a gym)
- Alarm clock (in order to wake up at 4, or at this point 5 could work too)
- A copy of mewithoutYou’s “Brother, Sister” (can substitute “Catch for Us the Foxes” or Mae’s “Everglow” or “Singularity”)
- A car (with a stereo, and usable windows)
- A copy of Herodotus’ Histories, or if you prefer a more readable history, Susan Wise Bauer’s History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
- Access to the Dallas Theological Seminary campus (for extended stay would require ID, which only comes with student status, which can get pricey, maybe substitute other suitable outdoor area, not unlike the Schroon Lake facility operated by Word of Life, or their lesser known Hudson, Florida campus)
- A copy of J. Scott Horrell’s Theology notes (can substitute Chuck Sheide’s notes, or maybe even Ingersoll’s Bible Survey notes, but Horrell seems to work best)
- A copy of Between the Buried and Me’s “Colors” (could substitute Opeth’s “Ghost Reveries,” but would need to move the time to late afternoon and relocate to outside, if staying in and at night for a more ear friendly listening substitute Minus the Bear’s “Menos El Oso”)
- A well worn hoodie (or hooded sweatshirt, zip up or pullover)
- An assortment of people you know somewhat, but haven’t quite progressed to that stage of “close friends” yet.
- Access to assorted musical instruments
- Ability to play said instruments
- Aspirations to create a perfectly alliterated list for no real reason whatsoever
So I should probably get back to reading, but hopefully the above gives you a rather vivid picture of what I’ve been enjoying doing recently. Its helpful for me at least to put thoughts into words (as opposed to putting thoughts into zip locks bags which helps no one) and also reminds of me what all I have to be thankful for and am able to enjoy by God’s grace on a daily basis.