My original idea was to write about shaving. But as I progressed, I saw that 1) I needed to be able to express personal observations beyond the topic and 2) the topic itself had a deeper idea beneath it. The act of shaving is an everyday ordinary activity. Unless scruffy is your chosen look, it’s pretty much a necessity. It’s a chore or you can choose to make something more of it. The shaving process has the makings of a ritual: you wash your face, you prepare a lather, you shave in a methodical manner that ensures facial hair is removed.
Brother Lawrence wrote about practicing the presence of God (opens a PDF) and how that raises the ordinary tasks of life to something divine as long as we choose to be intentional about those activities. I have felt that while working at my job: the focus and joy of putting together a Web page. Being found so fully in the moment is transcendental. It’s as simple as choosing my attitude at any given moment. Sometimes that choosing can seem extremely difficult, almost heroic, but most of the time it’s really a matter of just staying focused.
I have mentioned Christos Center for Spiritual Formation and the training I underwent in 2005-07 was critical in bringing some disciplines to my life that help me choose my attitude more impeccably. That training also makes me a certified spiritual director, fwiw.
So that should give you an idea of where I, Donavan Vicha, am coming from.
I also play guitar. I have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and a daughter-in-law-to-be. I’m married to my best friend. We like to ride bikes, hike, play golf, cook, and camp.
I am a White Sox fan ahead of the other Chicago sport franchises. I’ve read close to 80 of the top 100 SF&F books, many of them more than once.
I have a professional blog, as well: Die/|\Hard 3.1.