New challenges are needed to focus on, to ensure that the year doesn’t just drift by. Over the last few weeks I became especially aware of this as I realised how quickly the school year passes, and how I actively wish for this to happen.
A thought that has been with me for a while now is the image of a river – always changing, yet ever present. I guess that’s what life in a school is like. A continuous flow of children moving through the institution…teachers change occasionally, the uniform stays the same…teaching the same lessons to different pupils…that kind of thing. It’s easy to allow this process to happen to you, and to let time drift by without being present in the moment, enjoying the now and not longing after the not yet.
That’s why I set these challenges, to give me things to aim towards, yes, but also to work on here and now as I seek to continue to grow as a human being.
So, here we go, 2015’s challenges:
1) physical – to run a 10k race (Exeter 10k booked for March 22nd) and to aim towards longer distances. To run more with friends and to enjoy the experience of space this gives me for my mind and my soul.
2) spiritual – to continue in developing the Bible reading habit I worked on this past year, and to add to it a regular rhythm of prayer. I’ve chosen to use a Bible reading plan from the YouVersion Bible app which has given me the chance to do this in community with other friends. The Simple Way’s wonderful Book of Common Prayer provides a fantastic liturgical framework for creating space for quiet and reflection. I’ve really struggled to find words and space to pray, and I feel this is something that I’ve missed greatly in recent years.
3) mental – back on the reading vibe… I want to read more poetry (starting with Harry Baker’s brilliant ‘the Sunshine Kid’). I’d also love to do a book exchange of some kind where I swap a book I love with someone else who lends me a book they love. If anyone’s up for this, do let me know in the comments and we can work something out. It’d be great to read something ‘big’ too, like a serious piece of deep writing, again, recommendations below would be happily and gratefully received.
I’m going to keep it simple and focus on these three areas. They’re pretty big commitments all in all, and hopefully will give me plenty to chew on as 2015 meanders past.
Let me end with a blessing for you and those close to you…
May you know the depth of love that is found in being known. May you know that as each day races by, the great Everpresent is with you in all you do. May you know uncertainty, and the great freedom that brings. May you know comfort and joy in all circumstances. May this be a year full of life, and all that life brings.
Love and peace.