Approximately one year from now, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be in Matanzas, Cuba, teaching and leading workshops and trainings. Kim and I plan to be there for the better part of a year. I’ve realized that it’s high time for me to hunker down and get serious with my Spanish language learning. Just a year away from being in front of a class of students, fully immersed in Spanish – ¡Ay Dios mío!
Recently our pastor led a 3 week seminar on the ancient Christian practice of a Rule of Life. This is essentially a practice of intentionality, creating some order out of the chaos of life and tending to priorities. It was a good exercise for me. As I reflected on all the various good and life-giving things that draw my energy on any given day or week, it was pretty obvious that I can’t give attention to all those things, no matter how organized I am. Some things had to give, or be put on hold. My first attempt at this re-ordering took me from around a dozen energy centers down to nine. My goal was to have four. After several more tries, here they are: family, church ministries, personal health, and preparing for Cuba. Among the activities that are being put on hold is one that is near and dear to me: writing the Daily Passages blog. Starting now I’m officially on a 2-year hiatus from the blog writing, as well as engaging on social media (such as Facebook).
I can’t boast having a large blog readership, but when I look at quality instead of quantity, it’s a huge blessing to see the caliber of folks who have interacted with the blog posts. I wanted to take a moment and thank you for being part of the conversation, and for your words of encouragement. Hopefully I’ll be ready to re-adjust the Rule of Life when we get back from Cuba, and crank the writing back up. I’m sure there will be stories to tell. In the meantime, I will still be available to do leadership coaching and to facilitate team-building workshops/retreats, if that need arises for you or your church or organization. That’s my tent-making work (part of my preparation for a year away necessitates generating some resources). So feel free to call me at 828-702-2120 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to engage my services. Blessings on you all. (Bendiciones para todos ustedes.)