I’m so honored to introduce you to the very first man to contribute to The Loveliest Things, Phillip Henry. Phillip was my leader on The World Race and was an incredible source of inspiration and guidance for me as I traveled around the world. Phillip is a great man and a good friend of mine and I’m so excited to share him with you today.
1. Transporting Without Gasoline
In the past two weeks I’ve walked, biked, and rode a skateboard to get to places I needed to go or just went to clear my mind. I’m definitely an old-school guy who would love to live in the early centuries before cell phones, t.v., cars, power, all of it. ha. Recreational time was probably just doing crazy stuff with your family at the house and town or village you lived in. Your family, the people around you, were the most important people and your source for entertainment. That’s why I love walking, riding a bike or a skateboard, or a razor scooter, basically anything. It keeps me grounded and more aware that the space closest to me is my area of deepest impact and too, what has the deepest impact on me. It’s also good to breathe air outside, get some wind in your face and hair if you got it and fly, literally fly.
I haven’t been doing any kind of work for about a couple of months. I’ve been getting stir crazy, so I’ve doing a lot of random yard work, but just the other day I started a metal-roofing job. It’s hard work and my hands and fingers get a couple decent cuts from the metal just about every day. I get fussed at by the boss man every now and then. It’s not the most fun job but it’s work and it’s time spent keeping your eyes on what’s right in front of you, getting your hands dirty, working alongside somebody, and finishing a job. I have a lot of respect for people who just straight up work like this for years and years. I didn’t have to work a ton growing up so it’s sort of new for me, but I’m growing to love it and respect it.
3. Writing in cursive.
I’ve heard that they’re not teaching kids how to write in cursive anymore. If that’s true, that literally means that there will have to be people, like Master Penman, who devote hours upon hours on perfecting his or her penmanship: there’s only eleven of them in the country and carry the title. Anyway, cursive has a really cool flow to it and I love seeing it on the paper. I started writing in cursive again a couple of months ago and I can’t stop. If I have to write something really quick, I’ll go print, but when I’m sitting and writing about my day or whatever it’s cursive. Pretty soon I’ll be quicker with cursive, so everything will be in cursive. There’s really not an ugly way to write in cursive. I’m pretty sure chickens only scratch in print.
4. The way kids live life.
I just started coaching a U-6 soccer team which means I get to hang out with a bunch of four and five year olds: seven four-year-old kids and three five-year-old kids. It’s so great. I’ve only had one practice with them so far, but they’ve already started teaching me things about how I should live my life, especially in relation to my Father. Two of the kids during the first practice came to me because they got hurt. They just looked up at me, told me something hurt, and held up whatever was hurting. They fully, without a doubt, expected me to hold or touch their knee and finger and expected for that pain to go away. That’s reckless, crazy faith. Pure beauty. I can already tell I’m going to be taught something very big every time I get to be around these balls of life.
There’s not a lot more that I can do that just makes me melt into a couch. Lately, especially before work, there hasn’t been a whole lot to do so another option was watch a little bit of t.v. More often than not I would sit in my room and just play my guitar and sing whatever’s on my heart. It’s REALLY hard to play and sing when I’m not feeling the best about life, but I think it’s the singing that actually moves me into the better “moods” of life. When I play with other people it reminds me of how different we are and how much thought and effort, sometimes, has to go into unity. It’s really hard for me to play with other people, but I really wanna get better at it.
I am Phillip James Henry. I live in and grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. I’ll be going back to school in the fall to finish a degree in Spanish. I love learning and speaking other languages. I also really enjoy people of all ages. Right now I’m a soccer coach, I help out with the youth group at church, I work with guys from 23-50 something, and my grandma is the coolest person I know. To read more from Phillip, you can check out his blog. Philhenry.theworldrace.org