Reaping the whirlwind often refers to reaping the negative affects of ones actions. It comes from the Book of Hosea 8:7
“They sow the wind
and reap the whirlwind.
The stalk has no head;
it will produce no flour.
Were it to yield grain,
foreigners would swallow it up.”
New International Version (NIV)
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Now this passage has generally negative connotations. In this context it has to do with Ancient Israel not living up to the terms of the Old Covenant. In this case however, there can be something exhilarating about a whirlwind, because you don’t know where its going to take you.
My weekend started at 3 pm this last Friday. I was down to only a few cigarettes left in the pack. I drove home from work, got ready for a friends wedding. The wedding was a blast! In fact in humorous spirit, I took a picture of the Wedding Kiss and immediately sent it to my friends Facebook messenger.
Fast forward later on that evening, I’m get home and I’m down to my last two cigarettes. I stay up and smoke them. I bought them, I’m going to make use of them. Go to sleep no problem. However, it is late and I have stuff to do the next day.
On top of this aside from some libations on Thursday night and then Friday night at the reception. I’ve been alcohol free for the last week. But the focus is on the weekend, so…. back to that.
I fling myself out of bed on Saturday morning, pre-tape my one of my podcasts for this week. I end up standing and trading with Nick the Bear. But it really was more of a discussion trying to ferret out where he stood on the candidates. The stand and trade part was seeing how hard we could insult each other.
Immediately after the show I check out Google Maps to find out how far away Des Moines is from West Liberty. Its pretty much two hours out so I decide, around 930, “Hey time to go” even though at that rate I’d still be early. But then, Erica asks me to pick up printer ink which I did. I went to Target. (I do not have a moral objection to Target, they are a business, they can do as they wish.) After that I then went to the rally.
Thank goodness I left early! I did end up making a couple of stops over the commute got to meet up with several other Libertarians. I began converage of the event via Facebook live!
Then there was the speech. I’m going to provide a recap later on the Simplistic Advice Podcast. It was succinct, and consistent with his overall message. Then at one point someone kicked a plug, and Gary couldn’t talk for a second. Then we all start chanting to presumably encourage him. Not that he was openly flustered, just confused as to why the mic stopped working.
Then the mic was back and he continued his speech. It was thoughtful, simple, and inspiring. And it mad me want to dig into the issues a little more myself. Particularly since my podcast that morning was with a professional accountant (Nick the Bear is not an actual bear, he has a bear on his Facebook profile.) And yes, of course I had internal dissent on a particular issue but 1 out of 8 of the issues he brought up. Not bad.
Once it was done, he went around to shake hands. Me and my good friend Russ, who will be a future guest on the show got selfies with Governor Johnson.
Yes, Russell intentionally photo bombed. Saving Governor Johnson some time. I have to say this is one of the highlights of my life meeting a presidential candidate in the flesh. To me this man is a champion of liberty (despite the fact that he does have somethings wrong with his platform) I will take this person who is honest yet flawed over the other two goofballs the duopoly has managed to hack up.
So. Friend’s Wedding, Surviving the first day in a long time without a cigarette, meeting Governor Johnson. I’d say it was a pretty damn good day.
Now I just need to figure out a way to organize my time so I can get other goals and achievements done. More to come, and remember, govern yourselves!