Friends, today what’s on my mind is piercing the veneer of outside things. Ernest Shackleton, infamous Antarctic explorer, at the turn of the century, the 19th century, did this expedition in Antarctica. His men famously were trapped in the sea ice over 23 months, they found their way back home, each of them living. And in his memoirs, he wrote called “South,“ I’ll share with you, two sentences. “We had pierced the veneer of outside things. We had reached the naked soul of men.”
I find this particular piece, the veneer, this… I remember in shop class as a kid in high school adding like a coating of veneer, a lacquer on top of whatever it was, we were creating. So veneer can be like a barrier, right? It could be thin, could be thick, could be many-layered, but how do we pierce the veneer of outside things? And I find often in our world that we live in, this modern world, the veneer of outside things exist in polished half-truths, phrases that I don’t love like, “Oh, how you doing?” “Oh, I’m great. So busy, so busy,” we say. Operating at 7,000 RPMs, drop the merit badge of busy and pierce the veneer. Real connection, real belonging, real community exists in the deeper textures. It’s not on your phone. It’s not on the flip. It’s not in busy. Be whole, be intentional, be on purpose, reach the naked soul.
You can do this, friends. This is good for you.
Let’s keep going,