In lieu of trying to belong to any number of societies: Chesterton, Sherlock Holmes, the Inklings, and so on: I propose and establish one of my own. Don your intelligence cap at the door; dust off your logic and imagination; did you bring your inspiration and encouragement? We are shapers, my friends; lit lamps; light-bringers. Bring quotes*; poetry should be uplifting and thoughtful, or witty and clever, (or both). Humor is encouraged; laughter is invited back. Pull up a chair. Anyone for tea?




"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C.S. Lewis

At the beginning of last year, along with books I wanted to read, I made a list of several resolutions, inspired by this post here. Things like listen to more classical music, (something I didn't do incredibly well on), drink more water, plan trips, give to the poor, learn something new. And whether or not I call them resolutions, I really like to take this time of year to collect my thoughts, prioritize, and make goals for the coming year. Without prioritization I find myself accomplishing little, and when I do, it's difficult to see where I've made progress unless I take stock, make lists. What I learned, what I would like to learn. Here's an article about useful lists to keep up.

And while it sometimes feels funny to have a list that spans everything from pray more, to floss more. It can also be interesting, encouraging, and amusing. So here goes.

Things I want to do this year:
  1. Worship
  2. Reach out--commit to community. Friendships take work.
  3. Read chewy books
  4. Journal every day. This helps me stay grounded and keep my thoughts in order... Shows where I've been, and where I'd like to go. They're very interesting to look back on, even if only to yourself.
  5. Choose adventure; say yes to travel
  6. Sing
  7. Relearn how to play baseball. 
  8. Spend time with grandparents
  9. Keep up with world news and global issues
  10. Stick to my bible-reading plan. I'm doing this one.
  11. Get rid of stuff I don't need. Declutter. Unfortunately this involves a bigger mess first...
  12. Watch more sunrises and sunsets
  13. Open an Etsy shop
  14. Direct conversations to substantial subjects
  15. Serve
  16. Rest
  17. Love "To love is to be selfless. To be selfless is to be fearless. To be fearless is to strip your enemies of their greatest weapon... Our goal was never to live; our goal is to love. It is the goal of all truly noble men and women. Give all that can be given. Give even your life itself." --Empire of Bones by N.D. Wilson
  18. Take more walks and bike-rides
  19. Exercise my mind as well as my body
  20. Write something everyday: story, poem, letter, journal, blogpost
"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein." -H. Jackson Brown

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