The New and Improved Blog: Shorter and More Focused

Welcome to a new year of Spiritual Blueprint: The Blog. I’m going to try to keep my promise to make the blog more succinct and more focused. I looked back over the past year and could see that the weeks that got the most readers were the ones when I wrote about the intersection of church and culture, and where I focused on the spiritual life as a counter-cultural response to contemporary society. So maybe that’s my niche.

You may remember that my book, Spiritual Blueprint, is based on the concept of the “Five Homes” – the idea that we all have five areas of live that need safe “home” – a home for your hands (your work), a home for your body (your house), a home for your mind (your hobbies, projects and passions), a home for your heart (your relationships), and a home for your spirit (your faith community). The whole thing is based on the idea that we can think of our lives like a ship. The ship sails out on rough seas, but at the end of the day, comes home to a safe harbor. In the same way, we all have to go out into the world to face the pirates (our own particular El Guapos, if you remember the movie The Three Amigos).

El Guapo, from the movie "The Three Amigos"

But at the end of the day, we all need a safe haven to come home to. A place where it’s safe to be ourselves, even safe to be wrong at times. So what creates that safe haven? The home for our bodies has to be a place of comfort (not a place of stress), and the home for our heart (our relationships) has to support us and encourage us. Last but not least, the home for our spirit (our faith and faith community) has to support us as well, so we feel like we have someplace we belong. You know, rivers belong where they can ramble; eagles belong where they can fly – we all need a place where our spirits feel free. (Brownie points if you can name the song reference and the musical it comes from.)

So the Spiritual Blueprint is in some ways all about managing stress for a more peaceful life. And I really believe that peace on earth begins with peace of mind. So this new year of the blog is going to be oriented toward finding lifestyle responses to contemporary society that dial down the stress so we can be more peace-filled and peaceful people. After all, didn’t Jesus say, “Blessed are the peacemakers”? (And cheesemakers, ‘cause you know… I’m from Wisconsin.)

By the way, here’s the latest inspirational video based on Spiritual Blueprint. I hope you find it encouraging and uplifting. Link:


Jim Papandrea

Author of Spiritual Blueprint: How We Live, Work, Love, Play and Pray


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One Response to The New and Improved Blog: Shorter and More Focused

  1. Jeff says:

    “For some, shyness might be their El Guapo; for others a lack of education might be their El Guapo; for us, El Guapo is a big dangerous guy who wants to kill us.” Too bad El Guapo didn’t have Spiritual Blueprint!

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