The Blog: I am about to embark on quite a journey, one which I want to share with you. This is the beginning to a young man’s blog on life, happiness, heart, soul, wisdom, love, adventure, and the search for truth on which every man travels. So “to Infinity and beyond,” I say! I have been wanting to blog for a very long time, and I am finally sitting down to do it. So I don’t know if I will be writing one a day or one a week. But each time I write it will be of something very meaningful to me, there will be no empty material. I want to thank the many people who have encouraged me to write and share all that I have. I hope this site is as meaningful to you as you have been to me.
Who I Am: Since many of my readers will be directed here by me, this is for those who are not. My name is Daniel Fowler. I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and come from a large family of 10 children (myself included), 7 boys and 3 girls, of which I am the 4th oldest. I will reference my family often. My Father and Mother are two of the greatest people I’ve ever known. Their parenting style is different than nearly anyone I’ve met, so I will also speak of it often. It is intentional and powerful. So although I am not a parent currently, I feel like I have had an intensive course on both fathering and mothering, merely through analyzing my parents’ ways. I credit almost all of who I am to my parents and the relationship they have built with me, and to Father God and the relationship I have established with Him over the course of my life.
The Travels: Recently I graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Finance. I truly love business, especially finance. I worked at a private merchant bank for my first six weeks out of school before I was informed that the bank was bankrupt and I was without a job. Over the next several weeks I came to realize I did not want to stay in Tulsa anymore and that it was time for me to start thinking of traveling. I absolutely love history and culture and thought of looking to Europe. I was intent on when before reevaluating my finances and realizing that now is not the time. I feared being one of those who says that over and over and never goes, so I realized I had to start by getting out of Tulsa. I must preface this with that fact that I truly believe that the community I have in Tulsa is the greatest in all of the world. I have the most amazing family who has shown nothing but love and affirmation to me all of my life. I also have a friend group of some of the most amazing people in the world. I joke with new friends that I don’t know how I got into the group of guys I did, they all are dashingly handsome and are incredibly driven and intelligent. Like the 4.0 double majors kind of driven and intelligent, of which I am very close to 3 such people.
Why I Am Going: Although many people have hopes and dreams of someday taking a trip to Europe, for whatever reason they don’t seem to end up doing it. I don’t believe there will ever be a truly ideal time to go (financially this is not my hottest moment), but when enough things line up, we have to jump out and take a huge risk or we’ll never experience all that we’re meant to.
In December of 2014, I felt like The Lord told me that I was to write a book. Although I have had many people voice this to me, I immediately began to argue with him, “Why would I write a book? I am not experienced, I am not credible, and I have no reason for people to read my book.” I didn’t believe I had anything to put in a book at the time. He seemed to ignore the validity of my points and said “It will be 13 chapters. Begin writing potential chapter titles (things I could write a whole chapter about).” Since that time he has given me over 30 ideas of potential chapters which I should consider and begin writing. So although I have no idea how my book will turn out, I have a very strong idea of the material of which it will be composed.
Living my whole life in Tulsa has been good to me, but it has resulted in a very strong network of friends who I consider as family to me, as well as my many family members who all live in Tulsa, each whom I could rely on always to be there for me and support me. I am a huge advocate of community and I recognize the need for a strong community in one’s life and for one’s faith to prosper. But lately I have heard God calling me into the unknown, calling me out of my beautifully established safety net and into the wilderness (so to speak) to seek Him. I believe strongly in Solitude, best described by the author Henri Nouwen when he says in his book “The Way of the Heart”,
“It is this nothingness that I have to face in my solitude, a nothingness so dreadful that everything in me wants to run to my friends, my work, and my distractions so that I can forget my nothingness and make myself believe that I am worth something. The task is to persevere in my solitude, to stay in my cell until all my seductive visitors get tired of pounding on my door and leave me alone. The wisdom of the desert is that the confrontation with our own frightening nothingness forces us to surrender ourselves totally and unconditionally to the Lord Jesus Christ.”
I believe in the journey upon which one must embark, the step one must take outside of their comfort zone physically, mentally and spiritually to truly answer the brash question we each ask ourselves, “what is really in here? How deep does the rabbit trail go?” It’s not only the questions each of us has that must be answered, but the realization of our destiny that we know we have that is truly scarier… because it feels so much bigger than us. I feel sometimes as if I stand in a train-yard, and there are a million train tracks on which trains of thought travel, each goes thousands of miles, each one I must explore and write about the journey. But I have yet to write of the many things I am coming to find within myself (within God who is within me). I am excited to truly devote myself to this blog and hopefully to a book in the future. I will explore my train tracks and share what I find, and I hope you will join me for this journey. Socrates explained it well when he said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Growth will only be discovered when we can capture each thought, and leash each word. Truth will only be found when we explore the Holy Spirit within ourselves. The Holy Spirit that was in the Apostle Paul is the same Holy Spirit that was in St. Francis, and is the same Holy Spirit that dwells within you. So I challenge you to ask yourself questions that may have appeared as absolutes before, I challenge you to test everything you hear and everything you read from me as well as from all other sources, and to open your mind and heart, not with the intent to be right or to know it all, but to find truth.
So this first post is an introduction. I am a very open-minded thinker. I am excited to share my thoughts and journey with anyone who will take the time to read it. And I honestly am not offended if it is not read or liked by anyone, because this journey is what I must do. I truly love challenging questions, critiques and concepts, so feel free to share yours with me regarding any material I write or anything you want me to write about.
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