It’s SO good to be sitting here, writing to you.
(As you may know) in early June, in the heat of the pandemical lockdown and just after the George Floyd incident happened, the fam-damily and I went on a big trip out west to visit my inlaws, get some fresh air, and - truthfully - to escape a bit.
Tensions were rising online. Deeper polarization was happening and everything was becoming politicized (still is).
See, I’m a 9 on the enneagram. Conflict and I don’t go well together. Whenever I’d sit down to write in this blog, I’d imagine a cynical heated counterargument to everything I was about to say.
The inner (and outer) cynic(s) had me good.
And so, I zipped it. I went with the weak side of my 9-ness and faded into silence.
In some part, I think my silence might have been good. Methinks I actually did need to shut my mouth and open my inner-ears. I needed to try to hear what the Holy Spirit was calling for me to say and do.
However, on the other hand, my silence was problematic. I’m currently training to be a priest/pastor/preacher. I need to be able to NOT zip it, ESPECIALLY during turbulent times. I need to be able to speak. Someday (God willing), I won’t have the luxury to sit back and say nothing.
I envy those who’ve been speaking through this. I laud those who’ve been holding the high ground and resisting the urge to fall into cynicism, division, and angst throughout this dreary season in modern human history.
I’m sure they’ve been met with harsh criticism from both their inner cynic as well as a certain corner of the internet - but they haven’t let it stop their voice as I have.
I’m back. And after a season of dreariness myself, I’m as joyful as ever during this moment in time.
I do have some announcements to make, which I will in the coming days. For now, I’ll just say that I’ve renamed (because this is what I do when I take breaks from writing) this blog from Table Talk to the Jonasletter.
I see this as a living digital public notebook and journal of sorts. Here, you’ll see shorter and more personal notes, quips, miscellany, inspiration, and tomfoolery.
And now (drumroll, please)…
Higher Thoughts is back!
For those of you who’ve been on this journey with me for more than a few years, you know that my Medium publication was first titled Higher Thoughts. It was my first daily blog and it grew to become the #1 single-author publication at Medium.com.
Well, a few years ago, I got all uppity and decided to rename/rebrand it (because the ego can’t leave well enough alone). Not once, but a few (or more) times. Since then, it just hasn’t felt the same over there. Eventually, I stopped writing on Medium and moved everything over here to Substack.
But I really miss writing on Medium. Yes, sure, they’ve gotten a bit big for their britches, but it’s really where I got my start. It’s just a great place for more longer-form pieces. Beautiful typography and layout. Easy to interact over the text. So…
I just changed everything back to the way it was before I made all of those changes three years ago. Higher Thoughts is back and I’m really excited about it.
My plan for it is this:
Once (or so) a week, I’ll post a little bit lengthier essay over there. It’ll literally be the place I post my ‘Higher Thoughts’ (don’t worry, I’ll email you when I publish there with a special ‘friend link’ that gets you free access to the essays so you can get around the Medium paywall).
Okay, there’s the first announcement of a couple more to come. It’s SO nice to be back writing again. If you’re reading this, thanks for waiting on me. I hope you won’t regret it.
Until next time, as always…
Grace + Godspeed,