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Jump Off The Cliff Before Looking

Updated on February 13, 2018
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Maybe I messed up as a dad. But these guys corrected my course

Isn't the term "having children" like "she is my wife". We do not have.
Isn't the term "having children" like "she is my wife". We do not have. | Source

Different Strokes For Different Folks

I am the kind of fellow who has pushed a small water craft into a river not knowing exactly where the river will take him. The point is not where I end up but rather the ride through rapids and the awe of new things prior to then, not known.

You can imagine having that as an economic business plan does not ingratiate one to dependents. A kind of sad part of my life. But as it is my life and those of my dependents is wonderful. No we do not need food stamps, we have a home and insurance and nothing more than a 13 year old car. We strive to improve our lives. But for me that is secondary. I have this crazy, shared with my wife notion, that if we do good we will be provided for by Jesus. I know that is cray cray. Makes us some kind of Jesus freaks. Perhaps I would not suggest that route for you. But somehow it works for us.

Now Here We Go

So I have been writing stories of sorts since 4 years old. My sisters would sit with me and help me write letters to grandparents and honorary Aunts and Uncles and God Parents. So why did every letter have to start with “I am fine, I hope you are too”. And of course end with; I love you. The middle for me was almost always about my siblings doing something grand.

And then the constant opportunity to do book reports for grades. I just ate that up. One time riding 3 across in our 1953 Chevy ½ ton I told an answer to a question above my pay grade as youngest of us three boys. First they jostled me and said I was wrong. But then they quizzed me and knew (without Google) that I knew more than them. “How the Hell do you know that Eric?” “Because I did a book report on space rockets”. Books and writing are my allies in a world stacked against us sometimes. Hide in a fiction book and that is cool, hide in a science book and that is great!!

No one would call me a bookworm or nerd. On an average week day I get in a few hours outside in nature. But they do tell me that my brain is so filled with stuff that they are proud of me when I tie my shoes and zip my fly.

Perhaps I am a writer?

If You Have Never Faced The Devil -- Sit Back and Learn!

Bring It On

I am free fo' my daddy told me so.
I am free fo' my daddy told me so. | Source

Thanks

So about HP. I thought it would be cool to be a freelance writer for pay. I loved it. They sent you a note telling you to write 800 words on how hail forms. You have one hour. What could be more fun than that? It enhanced my technical writing in the form of “did you know” or “how to”. Sorry but that fun petered out as there was no depth. Kind of like most stuff on FB.

About that time I took a step sideways from a congregation I preached to. Just too much without enough.

And then I watched and learned about these wonderful heartfelt and spiritual people who just do not buy into the “Church Religion” type stuff. But they were so cool. I thought I noticed some seeming guilt for not attending. I love those folks.

So Eric’s Sunday Sermon was born. I guess I have to take responsibility for it, as the only blame rests on my shoulders and not God’s. And the idea grew in that I could relate biblical concepts without quoting scripture. And I could tie them to other faiths in the hope of a love synergism. The foundation has always been and will always be that Love is God and God is Love. The rest at worst is Sophist Dialogue.

I am not going to go look but I think I have disabled any revenue stream from any of the sermons. And of course the “sermons” are such as the “b” definition and not the “A”.

Perhaps we leave all that at that.

Just The Woman And Me. I Can Run a Trout Line

By Golly What Do I Teach?

Who raises who?
Who raises who? | Source

The Best Day I Ever Had Was Sittin' on Dad's Knee

I was going to do this piece earlier at 50K views but alas the numbers came and went. I was going to do this piece at 150 Sermons. I was going to do this at a year mark but all came and went. And then I counted the sermons and I cannot tell, as I did not number them, if it is 204 or 196 I am not sure. I just cannot wrap my head around doing something for a set time. I just push that boat out and see what comes. Again I insist this is not romantic but more problematic in social realities. I kind of try to make amends to my family every day for such irresponsible behavior, but I think I fail.

So let us just say that without effort I am at 200 Sunday Sermons, without effort I have 60,000 views and like 14,000 comments. And coming up on 6 years. What up with 955 articles? It is not an effort. It is not a job. It is not well done for publication. It incorporates more of my “I” than is acceptable.

Oh how many times did my finger hover over that “publish” button – probably weekly. But the weeks have gone by for roughly 4 years. I think the fear of creation and then sharing is as intense as the first weeks. I still contemplate quite often why I have resistance to being creative in society.

So we stop and pay attention to ourselves. Perhaps the accomplishments are somehow important somehow. Maybe 1 post on YouTube or FB creates 20 million views so I am at rest with low numbers in that sense.

Now I look at it from a larger perspective. Together we have made a congregation oh for sure not mine, but us friends. Such wonderment I have for us having a place to get together and pause for a moment. No great realizations or revelations. Nobody in charge. Just kind of a loose family structure. I hope that absolutely no profit motivations keeps us more earnest. I hope we gather so that we can focus on an idea but that our ideas of that idea are our own.

No doctorate degree could teach me more than us friends getting together. And I thank you that for years our guiding principle has been love.

I surely do enjoy our Sundays or Mondays together. Maybe I am whoopin up a little more pride than is right. If you are part of a platoon of soldiers is it wrong to be proud that we call each other brothers and sisters?

So I sit here and contemplate all of the wonderment that has come my way. I can say without a doubt that I probably should spend my time making money. It is what we do ,, right? Oh well when God was passing out jobs he passed me over, kind of like Passover. I don’t have many close friends. Just look at this list I like to talk about; Res Ipsa Loquitor, Cogito Ergo Sum, Prima Facie, Tabala Rasa, if not excluded then included, if B = A and A is half of B what is the common denominator? Why do we say the apple falls down instead of up? If a moon rises the ocean what does it do with our own fluid/blood?

I think it friendship that brings us together, not my writing. And that makes me very happy. Muchas Gracias mi amigos.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank you are a blessing. I have to get off the computer and clean, clean and more cleaning.

      This is our Tet/Asian New Year, Tradition holds -- clean.

      Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      Eric this was very enjoyable... educational in a way and a pleasure to read

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Robin it is really nice of you to leave such a nice note. Thank you.

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      Robin Carretti 

      8 months ago from Hightstown

      I love all your additions to your spiritual inviting touches how I love kid they are so gifted They make me smile a heart so giving this is all about spiritual connection of living

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah, this stuff really is interesting. It has only been about 400 years since Newton.

      Thank you

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      Now Eric, you know you are to store your treasures in heaven where moths don't eat it nor rust tarnish it! So what is this "I can say without a doubt that I probably should spend my time making money" don't you believe? LOL

      We say "the apple falls down instead of up" because...

      Down "anything from one's did point toward or moving in the direction of the feet when in the erect position."

      Up "anything from one's mid section toward or moving in the direction of the head in the erect position."

      ... or haven't you found a definition relative to everything for those two terms? LOL

      Aloha

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brian I am fixing dinner and laughing with my child and you made me so happy. I wonder if I ever did something for money. My ex-partners would agree that I never did. Same for my ex-wife. How in the heck do I own a home? It ain't me.

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      Brian Leekley 

      8 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      "I have this crazy, shared with my wife notion, that if we do good we will be provided for by Jesus" brought to mind one of my favorite movies ever—"YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU" starring Jimmy Stewart. And Marshall Rosenberg's advice, don't do anything that isn't play and never do anything for money.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We were deciding what books to keep. I counted 110. We have plenty to do. We gave 88 to the Veterans store. I wonder what a life would be like without reading. Or what a bout songs?

      But tonight it will be online for prizes, after we are done dancing to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjsNNcsUNzE

      Cha Cha Cha!!

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      John Hansen 

      8 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, I appreciate your son's approval of my writing, please do take him to the Cackleberry series, in fact, I am contemplating writing a new instalment of the Lamb Street Chronicles, so we'll see.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much Tim. In writing this peace I thought of back in the day when I finished a sermon and would stand there shaking folks hand at the door. Maybe 5 out of 50 would say anything of import. But I bet I got in 30 hugs.

      It is my fervent desire that we hug here.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mr. Bill Holland I think I wrote the interview piece with you at about a month in. You have never given me a hand out but too many hands up to count. Perhaps friendship is easy but lasting friendship takes work.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      "Musings" works for me. But maybe a little shy on the thinking part for that.

      Manatita you are a good good friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary there is a word I like very much. Ultreya. As legend would have it, it means to be of good cheer and trudge away on your pilgrimage. Spanish I believe. The theological concept of "trudging" is to walk with purpose. The notions make me smile.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      8 months ago from Escondido, CA

      I like this article because it is encouraging and sharing. Although I have been silent as I suspect many of your readers are, your articles bring value to my life in different ways. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the spirit of this piece. You have gathered quite the congregation with your writings....and how cool is that? I know I consider myself a rich man because of your friendship.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Jodah. I think my son has read about five of your pieces and thinks you are top notch. He asked me yesterday if Jodah had a new story yet. He likes calling you Jodah instead of Mr. Hansen. I think I will take him to the cackleberry chronicles.

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      manatita44 

      8 months ago from london

      A series of excellent musings, let us say. Some cool reminiscences. Yes, just getting in the boat and heading out, is better than being stagnant. Congratulations for yet another milestone. Peace!

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      Mary Norton 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      "Together we have made a Congregation". I like this image. yes, we may hesitate sometimes to push that Publish button but once done, there are always people giving support.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shaloo I asked my son "how do you eat an elephant?" We chatted like we like. I have no idea how to eat an elephant. But I do get -- one bite at a time. I love my here folks like you. Thanks.

      Don't mind me I am skipping into the kitchen to enjoy some food. A fat 60 year old skipping? Bring it on.

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      John Hansen 

      8 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, you got me with this one. I haven't been active here lately as much as I would have liked so a number of your Sunday sermons have passed me by. However, I am fortunate to have chosen to read this wonderful piece. Congratulations on 200 sermons and the amount of articles you have published here is an inspiration. Bringing friends together and preaching that God and love are one and the same.....well what could be more rewarding.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda we will hug over our differences. I think the same for the pistol of a guy we call Billybuc. You are a treasure.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      8 months ago from India

      With so many years and so many beautiful sermons, you have surely carved a place for yourself on HP. Kuddos to you!

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      Linda Lum 

      8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, with an opening title like that you KNOW you had me hooked. You and I don't always see eye to eye, but goodness what a boring place this earth would be if we are all in lockstep sameness. I am very glad that I found HP, and certainly, not for the riches, it brings LOL. If not for HP I would not have found you and Bill, Mary, Flourish, Lawrence, and so many others I consider to be friends.

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