|recent date at the Philly art museum|
1. Start by sharing your success stories with us: In the past, what resolution has been your most successful? What change have you made that has been the most beneficial, to your mood, health, finances, or other way of being in the world?
Making pizza for friends. We ended up hosting 22 gatherings in our house and made pizza for friends in 2012. A ritual formed where Margaret would greet the guests bring them to the kitchen, then take them to see our studios as I got a pizza baking. Then we would sit, converse and eat for a few hours.
2. What is one thing you hope to do differently this year with regard to health, either physical or spiritual? If you are satisfied with your current status in both areas, perhaps you would be willing to share something you've already done (or regularly do) to care for yourself.
I need to exercise with my free weights, for who knows it may snow this winter and it always helps when I reenter the garden in the spring. I return to practicing the Examen prayer would be most splendid for my spirit.
3. What is one thing you hope your family (of origin, of choice, however you define your primary place of mutual emotional sustenance) will do differently this year? A new tradition for birthdays? More vacation time? Game night? Feel free to really dream about ways to deepen your connections with those you love.
More dates to get out to do fun things other than eating out. Live music, museums, movies... , these activities have slowed as our mosaic and stained glass business has grown. But, it is where we find joy and peace and inspiration.
4. What is one thing you hope your community of faith will consider doing differently this year? New music? Different approaches to preaching? Rearranging the furniture? If you are in a position to try to introduce change, share some of your enthusiasm and/ or anxiety with us!
The vestry of my church met this morning. I sent a link to our rector and our rector's warden to achurchforstarvingartists post about church bucket lists because the idea of random acts of kindness done by a congregation caught my eye/spirit.
5. In what area would you most like to learn to be gentle with yourself? For what would you most like to forgive yourself? Share your ideas and strategies for extending yourself the kind of grace we know we are assured of.
on a spiritual note... a general lack of prayer though I have shared with many my desire to set up a daily routine. No daily routine has formed and very little prayer is happening.
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