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Thursday, September 24, 2009


It is a been a day that started with me twittering, "Fell asleep in crumbs. My dreams were delicious!" I had a midnight snack of strawberry Pop Tarts while texting a good friend of mine. I just found twitter and have enjoyed learning to tweet. I just tweeted, "I love fried chicken and hot chocolate chip cookies." Isn't it strange that we would share something so intimate with the world.

I've tried to remain faithful to my commitment to transparency on this blog so don't be surprised when I tell you I threw a mop fifty feet onto a four lane highway last night and almost ripped my shirt in half as I struck a pose like a ticked off Incredible Hulk. I was closing last night and for some reason beyond reason our new cleaning service left us a mop with a six foot handle, which of course is the reason I knocked a bottle of vanilla syrup off the shelf. For the next thirty minutes, I was on my knees trying to clean up a quart of sticky syrup without cutting myself on the glass. By the time I got through I was about as mad as a bee trying to fly through a piece of glass, the only thing I could think of was trying to throw the mop across the highway to Lowe's. I was stressed.

When I get stressed, I listen to Taylor Swift, she's my therapy (a blog will follow soon explaining). So I went home last night and played a little Swift and tried to do some writing to no avail which is why I ended up lying in bed eating Pop Tarts. I woke up this morning just ready to move through a normal day and not break, or throw, anything. Stress robs us of the ordinary, everyday beauty of things.

So today, with a goal of remaining calm, I've been playing catch up and was just sitting here, drinking a Dirty Snowman, writing, when a friend who is a pastor approached me and said, "I've been busy since I read your book." He proceeded to tell me how he was leading his church toward embracing people rather than ejecting people, not that we would ever actually tell anyone to leave, but choosing not to actively love someone is the same thing. Our conversation led us to a discussion about the woman anointing the feet of Jesus. The part where He says the one who is forgiven much, loves much.

Of course I didn't let on that I've been practicing for mop throwing in the Olympics while he has been out defending the wounded. To be honest I felt sick, literally, about how easily I get distracted by small, insignficant events. I've challenged people to make the world a better place, but I'm busy beating my steering wheel because I keep getting voicemail when I'm trying to call a vendor.

So what have I learned today? I've learned that eating in bed leaves crumbs (tasty too). I've learned that I have a tendency to act like a fool and justify it with laughter. I've learned that our lives, like a wave, set things in motion, and this is something to remember when we are acting like a fool. And I've learned that if we are busy loving others we'll probably never notice the mop handles. The reason I go crazy sometimes is because I'm not doing enough of what makes me happy. As I grow Green Frog Coffee I need to keep this in mind. If a cow eats a lot of weeds his milk will taste like onions.

Love the rejects. Stop acting like a fool (Timm) and get on with it. Be real. Schedule love if you have to. Invest in others, its the only thing you've ever done that matters.

P.S. Follow me on twitter "timmhammer"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great reminder. I really needed this today!

September 24, 2009 at 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Jeff King said...

Good stuff Timm, enjoyed meeting you in Dyersburg last week and totally enjoyed your book. Looking forward to the next one as well as my next cup of Joe... I'll be in Jackson next so will look up that location and try it out.

September 25, 2009 at 9:22 AM  

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