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  1. Do Unto the Least of These? There’s a Wait List for That. How one New York City food ministry is thriving, even behind masks. Just realized we were in Christianity Today this week. Cool.
  2. No book is a chapter, no chapter tells the whole story, no mistake defines who we are. Your story isn’t finished. Hope makes our lives page turns.
  3. It’s infuriating that our health care system is an impediment to getting the care you need. Anyway...I was leary if going on meds. No interest in better living through chemistry. But I was also open minded about the possibility. I spent a good month or two researching it, and “interviewed” three friends on SSRIs. One is a close friend who is phenomenally talented singer-songwriter, one is a peer (fellow CPA and VP of Accounting at their firm), and a Pastor I’m acquainted with. They weren’t great comps because everyone is a slight twist of your own, but at least I felt like ai was making an informed choice. My musician friend has disorders which are worse than my own. Their meds are really strong, significant side effects. But 8 months on, they’re back in the studio, writing/recording songs, just competed a video shoot. My accountant friend is able to function at a high level. We have the same script, same low level dosage. Gave me confidence to know I could manage my mental illness. It was liberating to stop wondering when I would be “cured.” I don’t need to be perfect. I just needed to be a better version of myself. Talking with the Pastor helped a lot because it made me realize it’s NBD to get the help you need. In another kind of church he might have been shunned or thought of as being weak. Thankfully our church takes a strong mental health advocacy & awareness stance. Took about 5-6 weeks for the serotonin to build up. It’s not a cure all, as I have said before, I need to be focused on a half dozen factors: diet, exercise, group therapy, hydration, meditation, music, one-on-one therapy, proper rest. But it’s helped me immensely to be on an SSRI. GL GB P.S. Ain’t no shame in your game, man. #### the stigmata (Sopranos reference.) You are doing the needful. Don’t waste calories on what anyone else thinks, that’s their problem. Proud of you for taking this step.
  4. pre-Covid In normal times, we do an all-you-can eat breakfast every Saturday, typically between 650-850; we take the first of each Saturday of each month off, so 40 times a year. The budget is $18K per week. We send them home with two bags of dry goods & one bag of produce, enough to provide 9 meals. Folks can get food anywhere. Literally. But we’re trying to invest in peoples lives. We sit with our friends and listen. We offer prayer. As we build relationships we try to find ways that we can help them - housing, job training, mental health, public assistance, rehab. We offer ESL classes on site. On a rotating basis we have partners come in from Legal Aid Society, mobile health, NYU Dental, Podiatrists. When the WHO declared the pandemic & NYC/NYS started taking serious action, we received clearance from the Mayor’s Office to remain open as an essential service. We immediately revamped everything. We decided to not close on the first Saturday of the month but to be open every week. Instead of 140 Volunteers we made it work with 20. PPE & social distancing for everyone. Grab n Go brown bag breakfast instead of hot meals. We had to discontinue the ESL classes & partner programs. The Food pantry is now one bag of dry goods, no produce, one bag of dairy/frozen. Our friends are contending with a lot of anxiety. They literally have nowhere to go to shelter-in-place. They’re afraid & frankly people are afraid of them. Closing the subways overnight has been harsh; there are a good 12-15K people sleeping outside every night because they can’t ride trains. They are the epitome of the neediest cases and the most at risk portion of our society. Anyway, most of our seniors stayed away initially. We typically were serving 240-320 the first 5-6 weeks. More people requesting the prayer team. And when the restaurants closed, the first timers for the food pantry* spiked from 5-10 in normal times to 25-30. Then 35, 50, 60, 70, 80+. We set a new record for first timers 8 straight weeks. Finally it subsided three weeks ago, we have had between 35-50 first timers. Total guests have been 406, 413 and 381 the last three weeks. In light of the increase we have slowly been allowing volunteers to rejoin (we were mostly using staff & volunteer supervision.) Think we are getting by with 40 or so people now. *we keep meticulous records for funding purposes & in case they ever want to audit us; each Food Pantry guest has a unique Father’s Heart ID. most of the first timers fit a profile: male, Hispanic, 20s & 30s, no ID, no habla. those busboys and delivery guys aren’t getting unemployment or stimulus checks. Anyway, service is a funny thing. A lot of people, myself included, go in thinking “well this will allow me to be a blessing to others.” lol It never works out that way. I get blessed so much it’s ridonkulous. When I see people with train wreck lives being optimistic, positive, upbeat and speaking life into me, I wonder why I ever complain about anything. I love the people I serve alongside. It’s a family, in the best sense of the word. For a lot of us, it’s not something we do once a week. It’s a lifestyle choice. There is honestly nothing I would rather do, and my dream job would be to leave the corporate world behind and do this full time.
  5. Great morning at The Father’s Heart That’s me in pic #5 rocking the “Jesus loves you more than Kanye loves Kanye” shirt
  6. I will no longer be adhering to lane lines while driving. It is not my responsibility to keep other drivers safe. I thought this was a free country.
  7. You seem to worry about a lot of things. Usually for social gatherings, folks get together and enjoy each other’s company for one hour or more. When I go to the store, my goal is to go in and get out quickly. Even in non-pandemic times. Interestingly, I’ve observed other people have the same pattern: • They go in, find their items, check out, then leave • They go in, find their items, check out, then leave • They go in, find their items, check out, then leave etc Sorry, what was the question?
  8. I'm not out there just to be dancing around. I expect to win every time I tee up. I'm not scared of very much. I've been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years. The older I get the better I used to be. Putts get real difficult the day they hand out the money. I've never had a coach in my life. When I find one who can beat me, then I'll listen. You don't know what pressure is until you've played for $5 a hole with only $2 in your pocket. “People often tell me, ‘You’re the luckiest guy in the world. I wish I could do what you do.’ Well they don’t realize is that they probably could. But you’ve got to be willing to sacrifice, whether it’s as a computer operator, a sales executive, or professional golfer. You have to devote a lot of spare moments to the field you’ve chosen. Of course, that means there are a lot of things you’re not going to be able to do, and some of those might be things you enjoy. Maybe you won’t be able to go away on weekends, or go camping or water- skiing, or whatever. In golf, there are a lot of players with potential, but they won’t sacrifice for their goal. They’d rather quit practicing at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, and go have a beer with the gang. I learned a long time ago,” said Lee Trevino, “that the best philosophy in golf is to hit so many balls that your hands get blistered and calloused. If there’s daylight, there are golf balls to be hit. That’s the best psychology I could ever tell anybody. There’s no such thing as a natural touch. Touch is something you create by hitting millions of golf balls.”