For the past week I have been contemplating this quote by Thomas Merton, ““Ask me not where I live or what I like to eat . . . Ask me what I am living for and what I think is keeping me from living fully that.” It seems like an appropriate thought when it comes to making resolutions for a new year. In 2011, I feel very comfortable in knowing that I believe I have found my vocation in helping others find spiritual and personal liberation for their lives. The question for me is how do I continue into a richer depth and understanding for what that might mean.
Here is what I have I planned:
Discipline (my main theme of 2011)
-Continuing education (whatever that might look like… Academic, spiritual direction, personal formation)
-Writing (I have learned a lot over the past three years… Having read several hundred books and doing spiritual seeking through love and trials, I need to write this down)
-Exercise. I work 2-3 times a week but I’d like to move closer to five times.
-I’d like to be more decisive. I live in a network of indecisive people. Most people don’t care what you do of where you go, someone just needs to decide (and remain open to disagreement).
– I have built a group of three or four people that I feel very close to. I’d like to keep sustaining this. This is more than enough for my life. Though if I find people who are on the same level in maturity, spiritually, and in reciprocity of the relationship, I’d consider adding more.
– I’d like to give more of myself away to help others who might need help.
-I’d like to read at least a book a week.
-I’d like to finally average over four hours of sleep a day.
-I’d like to add around 30lbs of muscle (why, I’m not sure)
-I want to visit many churches in my area to see the variety of church experiences.
-I’d like to smoke more cigars.