Are you ready to be extraordinary?
To change the world?
I hope so, because that is the new tag line and mission of Reclaiming the Sacred!
Be Extraordinary. Change the World.
Ok, to be honest, that has always been the mission of this site.
I just did not know how to put it into the right words.
It will help clarify a little more of the direction that I want to take this site in, and the goal behind why I write (or, why I write when I actually do write…).
And for those who do not have the time to click over, I have something special just for you…my newly worded mission statement…in a nutshell!
Here it is – the big cigar:
It is my desire to help you to be a fearless saint – a brave saint who is willing to take up the forgotten mission of changing the world. . . with all you’ve got.
Feeling the urge to click over and read?
Come on, you know you want to!
Here is one last chance!
Not only do I have a newly worded tag line and mission statement (which I hope you will take a moment to read), but you also may have noticed the new look as well!
While I really liked my old design, I had really been feeling, for some time, that it was just too dark.
I was hoping to create something simple, yet elegant, classy and inviting…without being particularly fancy.
Let’s just say that when you are not a web designer, and do not have money to burn, WEB DESIGN IS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY HARD!
After random hours of work, I finally came up with one great design that I thought was absolutely fabulous – if only I was a ten-year old child blogging about ancient European towns while on a whirlwind trip with my overprotective nanny!
*Collapses onto desk*
*Hopes never to see another computer again as long as she lives*
After some days of avoiding my slumbering MAC (with the fear that I would not be able to go on if I had to slave away on yet another web design doomed to fail me in the end), I said a few rosaries, and Heaven came to the assistance of its forlorn blogging child.
While it may not be the absolute best design in the history of blog design, and I know there are tons of great sites out there that make mine look like nothing more than stinky monastery cheese (sorry, guys! That stuff STINKS!), I can at least say that I am satisfied. (Thank you, Mary! Ave Maria!)
I hope that you like it, because this is going to be my internet home for some time, where I park all of my nomadic, rambling ideas.
And speaking of nomads…
Not only is there a newly worded tag line and mission statement, as well as a new look, but there are also some minor new changes as well!
It is not something that I have talked about on my website until now, but in 2013 I left the company that I had worked with in New York (you know, the same one that gave me the freedom to travel the world).
It was something that had been building up for some time, and began with a pain in my wrist that I developed from typing on the computer all day at my job.
Concerned, I purchased wrist splints, as well as an ergonomic keyboard, and that seemed to solve my problem…until another one cropped up.
I started to notice that at the beginning of each new work day, as I sat down in front of my laptop, that it was not too long before I actually started to feel sick.
You know, somewhat nauseated.
Before long, I was getting strange shocks flashing through my brain, and causing me too feel ever so slightly disoriented.
As the problems progressed, I looked aggressively into every possible explanation…and solution as well.
Was it eye strain?
- A trip to the eye doctor and a good exam ruled that out.
Was it something malfunctioning in my brain?
- A trip to the neurologist for a thorough brain scan ruled that out.
What could it be?
It was the neurologist himself who agreed that my own personal research might have found the answer – people who work all day on computers have a higher risk of developing cancer.
It turns out that computers, monitors, TV’s – any electronic device – emits what are called unhealthy and unsafe EMF’s.
Some people, for one reason or another, can become very sensitive to these EMF’s – and actually become sick when they are exposed to them for too long.
Hence the explanation behind why, after a weekend away from the computer, I always felt great!
Determined to keep my job, however, I tried every solution that I could – from magnetic jewelery meant to repel EMF frequencies, to purchasing a larger screen which I kept at a considerable distance, while wiring the laptop itself to the other side of the room.
It helped to a certain degree, but I continued to worry about getting sick from being on the computer too much (8 hours a day, 5 days a week is a huge difference from a few hours here and there), and my family was starting to pressure me to quit me job, if at least for the sake of my health.
Faced with the risks mentioned above, along with illegal choices that my company continued to force upon me against my wishes, (as well as a multitude of other factors that I will not go into here), I finally realized that the time had come to make a decision.
I had to resign.
Leaving on good terms with my employer (who I still keep in touch with) I was now faced with another reality – I had nothing to sustain myself with.
Not that I was too worried about it though.
I have never had a great love of money, or a desire for it either. In fact, I would be quite happy if I could meet St. Francis, and follow him about for the rest of my life, dressed in a worn grey robe!
My adventurous side has always met with my spiritual side – and they do kind of make a good team, especially when the going gets tough!
But let’s just say that I am now more of the Catholic Nomad than ever.
That is why I have placed the little “Alms” box on this site, in the sidebar to the right.
It is my chance to be like the friars of old, and stand on the church steps of this virtual world, penning my thoughts to those who pass by.
If anyone likes my work, and wants to donate, I would be deeply grateful.
If not, no worries.
The friars never did what they did for a coin or two, and neither do I. :-)
Don’t Forget the Likes!
Finally, there is one more thing that I do not want to forget to mention – the “like” buttons!
They have always been around on this site, but I have decided to remove them for good.
Honestly, the little “like” buttons have always kind of made me cringe just a bit.
Not that I do not like them – it is fun to see them pop up, and know that people feel good about something I have done!
But just as how I blog under a pen name for the sake of keeping things humble, I decided that the little “like” buttons had to go for the same reason.
There is something about the instant reward that I just feel I do not need. I am here to write, not feel good that WordPress versions of little gold stars pop up on my posts.
So to everyone who has “liked” one of my posts in the past, I am truly grateful! Really, I am.
But I feel that I need to focus more on writing – and not be distracted by the gratification of instant rewards.
I know that it is not a choice for everyone, and I do respect that.
It is just the right one for me. :-)
I hope that everyone will understand, and let me know what you think!
Comments are still welcome though.
I want this to be a place where everyone can join in – as long as they are polite, of course. :-)
That’s All, Folks!
Well, that is it for the changes!
I am deeply thankful to all of you who have put up with my random comings and goings, and I hope that the long wait will be worth it!
It is good to be back, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on all that is new!
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