If you are like most people I know, you’ve probably been thinking some about this new year and how you’d like this year to be the year that some things change. I know I have.
Last week in my “year in review” post I said that I didn’t make any specific goals or resolutions at the beginning of last year. But this year will be different. I am going to make some goals. Not only that, I’m going to publish them here for you to read. (I do reserve the right to have some goals that I don’t publish here…)
In the past I’ve kept my goals to myself, after all they are personal things. However, I’ve heard from several sources that being public about what you are going to do increases the likelihood of you actually doing it. Besides I wish more people were honest about how things are going. We are all struggling through life. No one is perfect, even that person who you think has all parts of life figured out.
In general, living each day with the future in mind, and the “where are we going” point of view, gives you reason for doing what you’re doing right now, today. For instance, if I know that I want to walk across a continent… well, I need to be walking every day.
As a Christian I believe that everything I do here on earth should ultimately be for the furthering of God’s Kingdom. Living life with that in mind each day can be difficult because it’s not something that we can actually see. It’s a bit of an “out there” idea. However, having a simple reminder of how that should affect my day to day life… well it helps me remember why I’m here and what I should be doing.
So, now that I’ve somewhat established some of my “why” for setting goals, lets go ahead and get into them!
Hello friend. It’s good to "see" you again… I hope that you’re 2019 has started well and that you are happy and healthy.
Writing is on the list of things I want to do more of in 2019. So, a review of 2018 seemed like a good place to start.
Over the past couple of days I’ve been reading “year in review” and “year to come” posts from a lot of people. As I read them I realized, not only might it provide me with some clarity, but it would also be interesting to have such posts to look back at in 20 years.
So... 2019 is already here, but before I dive into what I want to do this year, here is a look back at 2018. Along the way I'll throw in a few thoughts about some things that I did well and some that I didn’t do too well.
What if? Two words. Two not particularly big words. Six letters from our alphabet. Yet I believe they are incredibly powerful words. Words that can shape how we live our lives from day to day. The Looking Back “What If” One of my biggest fears is getting to the end of life and looking back at the years I had and having some kind of regret. The words I imagine I’d say at that point, were I to have any kind of regret, would be “what if?” What if I’d have quit that job sooner? What if I’d have spent more time in mission work? What if I’d have lost those 30 pounds? What if I’d have cared less about what people thought about me...
The title of this file is “a moment of clarity.” I write in files these days instead of the blog post editor within WordPress. The reasons are many, but the main one is that I really like to write in a little app called iA Writer. But you didn’t stop by to read about my choice of writing tools. Or if you did, you’ll eventually be disappointed by this blog post. Instead lets talk about that title. What in the world am I writing about “a moment of clarity” for. Here is the simple truth. I’m not writing about a moment of clarity, it just seemed like a good title. Or perhaps subconsciously I was thinking about clarity and what I will write will end...
I'm a bit OCD about many things. Every day before I leave work I have to position my keyboard and mouse just so... My dual computer monitors can't be on different levels... In fact I find it hard to work in a cluttered environment. I have to clean my office (room) every time I get ready to start a major project. I also really like for things to be symmetrical.
When people break the few basic rules that I am aware of in the English language, I can hardly stand it. Especially rules that should be understood by everyone who speaks or writes English.
Here are a couple of the ones that bother me particularly badly.
I get a bit irritated occasionally at how uninformed people can be.
I try to tell myself that they just don’t understand and it’s not their fault that they don’t know better, but at times it can be difficult to remove the person from the ridiculous thing they just said.
In recognition of the fact that there are people out there who are uninformed about various things, things that occasionally peeve me, I guess it’s my duty to work to educate them.