Monthly Archives: December 2008

resolved

The first thing I have against resolutions is I feel as though I am fooling myself into thinking that my ideal life is achievable. The other thing is I simply don’t like the word.

“Goals” is an admirable term. “Resolutions” are wishful commitments that peter out. I don’t take people’s resolutions seriously when they divulge them. Besdies, you can’t talk about your resolutions eleven months into the new year; people will think you’re odd. But you can share your goals any time of the year.

I’m all about self-assessment and goal-setting, tempered with the realization that achieving any or all of my goals won’t make me a fully successful or complete person. The worthiness of goals and plans lies in the fact that we do have so much influence on our own lives. And since we know that we will have to give an accounting of what we did with our lives, taking pains to pursue worthy ends is only prudent.

This is the rationale behind my at-least annual self-assessments, examination of previously made goals, and creation of new expectations. I actually used to mostly do this in February, when I would write a letter to myself to open exactly one year later. Sadly, I have fallen out of this practice (unless I have an unopened letter I have forgotten about) the past year or two.

It has been replaced with goal-making and assessments at the beginning and end of every semester. As it is the beginning of a new semester (my last, inshallah) as well as the beginning of a new year, I am resolving and assessing. I like seeing which goals I have met the best, and I like making new goals better.

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So you may know I am doing that on the side, a list of my micro-goals which shall not be for viewing. But, in the style of Jonathan Edwards, here is my publishable list of macro-resolutions for my life. And I apologize for the style in which I wrote; I just like writing that way.

 

– Resolved, to live in the manner most befitting a child and servant of Christ, as one holy and set-apart, redeemed, an investor in the Kingdom, and inheritor of riches untold.

– Resolved, to keep myself in line with all I know of God’s will, general and particular

– Resolved, to act upon that which He reveals for me to act upon

– Resolved, to let my love and trust in Him motivate my choices, rather than fears or uncertainty

– Resolved, to apply myself to the study and knowledge of Scripture

– Resolved, to remain in a place or position only as long as I believe it is intended for me to

– Resolved, to be vigilant at scrutinizing my position, in order to avoid inertia

– Resolved, to work hard and fend off laziness

– Resolved, to surround myself with people who will be beneficial in my sanctification

– Resolved, to not sequester myself with Christians so as to lose relationships with those needing the Gospel

– Resolved, to do my part to bring the Kingdom to earth

– Resolved, to view my money as not my own

– Resolved, to give to anyone who asks, when it is within my power to give

– Resolved, to give so as that it does place constraints on my lifestyle

– Resolved, to give more than seems reasonable

– Resolved, to give when I don’t want to [yet]

– Resolved, to remember that when I reach heaven, I shall most likely only regret that I didn’t give more

– Resolved, to always heed wise counsel

– Resolved, to confess my sins and failures to God and others

-Resolved, to create an maintain a contrite heart

– Resolved, to do the good I can see to do, no matter how mundane

– Resolved, to consider others before myself

– Resolved, to not keep myself from people who could use me because I have my own agenda

– Resolved, to offer help before it is requested

– Resolved, to offer praise even when I wish to withhold it

– Resolved, to not keep score

– Resolved, to keep Christ always before me

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final attempt

 

antigua

 

Real computer people would be appalled at the primitive way I cut and hacked out this simple, little text design. I have no excuses. I simply haven’t been learned how to do such things.

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attempts one and two

I had to call Kristi to find out how I could create text and save it as a jpeg.

mythobettercropped1

 

 

 

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  This is harder than it looks. How to graphic designers do it?

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Mythopoetic

Mythopoetic

 Which do you prefer?

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blitzkrieg

My posting holiday is over, and I apologize for the long absence.

I’m back in town and back to work. Yes, I did have a nice break, thank you. Saw my family and my extended family and got to exercise my fashion sense in cold weather. Up north, boots and scarves are commonplace, so while I felt adventerous, I probably just looked normal up there.

Because I am back (don’t get your expectations too high) there will hopefully be a blitz of philosophizings, because I’m feeling in the mood. I’m working on a few pieces as we speak.

Oh, and for those of you who have noticed that my “100 items” is yet just 50, I pray for you indulgence, until I find my list of the other 50 to post.

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All kinds

I went to a Christmas party last Friday night. It was a very nice Christmas party, though that is not the point of this post.

When I arrived, the party was still warming up. I met two girls right off, and we began talking. Just then, a few people re-entered the house from the backyard. “Do you hear the bongos,” they asked. Of course, we could hear them. I heard music as I had approached the house. “The vegan restaurant around the corner is having a bongo-circle, gathering-thing. It’s kind of cool.”

The three of us decided that we should go check it out. The guy lives in a neighborhood that sidles right up to some commercial lots. So we shimmied through his back fence and walked up the street to the vegan restaurant.

Near the street, they had a table with a bit of information and a little donation basket. One of the girls contributed a few dollars and we entered the event. In the courtyard near the restaurant, fifty or so people were gathered. In the center, there was a little blazing fire pit. Around the fire, people were dancing, and jumping and swaying, and forming a perimeter around them, were muscians.

There was a guy beating on an upside-down trash can, several guys on those little side-drums, some bongos, a tamobourine or two, and a few other small instruments made the beat. Very stereotypical  nineteen-sixties, if you can imagine. One of the dancers was the fittest fifty-ish year old woman I have ever seen. A few little boys jumped and leaped around the circle. One or two of the women were belly-dancers.

This isn’t where I usually spend my Friday nights. The three of us just stood and watched for quite a while. It was fun, exciting, and fascinating. We started clapped along. One of the girls said, “You really do just kind of feel the music.” I felt like a total outsider to some other culture, and it was a bit intimidating.

Suddenly, one girl grabs my wrist and the other girl’s and dragged us into the circle of dancers. Oh boy. Here am I in my little pea coat and flats, one girl is still in her business attire, and the other is well-dressed as well. We obviously aren’t part of this crowd. I was a bit afraid that we were intruding, or at the very least, we would be judged as intruders. But nobody minded. They kept clapping and cheering and playing.

“This is so not modest, conservative, homeschool-ish,” I couldn’t help thinking.

Thank God it wasn’t!

R.

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christmas carol respite

If you need a break from the twenty-most-played Christmas carols, try this. It cheered me right up.

Speaking of Christmas and encouraging things and while I’m giving you things to click on, read this narrative about God’s faithfulness  from my friend and fellow-blogger and please don’t sell the details to the Hallmark movie makers.

R.

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