January 25, 2013
Back at the beginning of the year, I took some time away to do some planning, some meditating, and, of course, some resting. I did something that I haven't done in a long time. I set some goals for myself for this new year - both personal and professional. Personally, I have been seeking to live a healthier lifestyle - watching what I eat, getting more exercise, and ridding my life of clutter and plastic. (Geez, we use a lot of plastic.) Professionally, one of the goals I had set for myself was to return to this weekly email, Along the Journey. It's something that I started when I first came to minister at Eagle's Landing as an extension of my ministry - another way of sharing my heart with you and letting you know that we are sojourners together on this journey of faith. I have gotten away from this, allowing other things to creep in and claim my time and energy. And here we are coming to the end of January, and I have yet to get it going again. But today, I promised myself to do it. It is meaningful and important to me, and I hope it will be for you, too.
Isn't that the way life goes, though? We always have the best of intentions to do those things that provide us with a sense of health and wholeness, but the pressures of life (and in my case, sometimes just shear laziness) creep in and claim that part of us instead. The reality is that we live in a world today where being healthy - body, mind and spirit - is made to seem like difficult and time-consuming work. And it is. But isn't that the beauty of it? Nothing worth doing ever comes easily. We cannot expect to have that body we want unless we pay attention to how we treat our bodies. We cannot de-clutter unless we drag everything out, pile it up, sort it out, and give most of it away. We cannot find ourselves with more time unless we cut something out or ask someone to help us do all the things we need to do.
It may be the end of January, and we may have already forgotten our goals or resolutions, but it's never too late to start doing those things that will enrich us body and soul. Every day offers a new sunrise, a new beginning. I look forward to this continued journey with you.
Love and Grace,