Life is like a Jenga tower

I was reminded of the game Jenga a few days ago and a thought occurred to me. Life is like Jenga. It can last a long time, or it can topple over unexpectedly and every choice you make can either keep it stable or weaken it just a little more until collapse. Now I realize this isn't a perfect example because as humans we have the ability to recover where you cannot go backwards in Jenga. One bad move and it's all over. But in my thought process it works well as a visual aid. The choices we make and the things we allow in our life determine the outcome of who we are.

I am taking an English Great Literature class right now. Great literature is determined, of course, by the professor and I really have not been enjoying our first read On The Road by Jack Kerouac. The book itself is not one that I would read again (all about the self serving "beat" culture in the 1950's after WWII - drugs, sex, "adventure") but recently the movie was played in class. I left early. The content was raunchy, self-seeking, immoral and offensive. When you read a book you can filter things through your own understanding or perspective as well as having the added benefit of the narrators thoughts and moral conscience. In a movie, everything is laid out right in front of you with no filter whatsoever. In this particular movie, liberties were taken beyond what was already written in the book and anything that they could make shocking or "raw" they did.

It got me to thinking - what would I have wanted Keegan to do? Even though most of the movie I chose not to watch (I chose to Pinterest instead) looking back I probably should have walked out within the first 5 minutes. Every thought that we put into our head is important. Every image we allow our eyes to see can be helpful or harmful. Every book we read, every avenue of stimulation for our senses can affect you. What you put in your mind - essentially- is what you get out.

As a Christian, I have to be careful to protect my sensibilities. I can't just claim something as "art" or "realism" and be ok with it. The more you let something into your life, the less unusual or offensive it becomes and pretty soon it doesn't bother you at all.

I fail of course, but I try to build my life around Philippians 4:8-10

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me,
or seen in me put it into practice.
 And the God of peace will be with you

I want to be a good example to my little kiddo to stand up for what is right even if you think it makes you look silly. I hope I can raise a little boy that puts positive thoughts in his mind and continues to put positive thoughts out into the world.

Note to self: Next time, I should leave right away.....before I pull another block out from the foundation of my Jenga tower!!!!!