Let's Pause and Take Stock...
Dear Parish Family,
As we stand on the threshold of another new year, we have an opportunity to pause for just a moment so we can take stock of where we are on our life journey right now.
At this pause moment in my life, I recognize I am halfway to 92 years old. I can clearly remember being 23, half the age I am now. I know that many of you reading this are near or beyond 92, much closer to the end of life than to your childhood.
In some ways, a year is pretty insignificant amount of time. It’s simply the amount of time it takes the earth to revolve once around our sun. But since we only get to go on a certain number of rides on this revolving planet, and since we have no idea how many rides we’ll have, pausing at the beginning of a new revolution is a good practice.
Perhaps these questions will help you make some sense of the year that we’re concluding…
What went well in 2021?
Who needs to be acknowledged and shown gratitude for the year gone by?
How did you grow this past year?
What were the stand-out, peak moments for you – and why?
What's not working? What no longer serves you or your life mission?
If you were to wrap up 2021 by giving it a theme or name, what would it be?
And perhaps these questions might help you prepare for the year that is to come…
What thresholds will you be crossing in 2022?
Who will you connect with more in the year ahead?
What kind of leader, peer, friend, partner (and other roles) do you want to be?
What do you want in your life?
How will you put this into action?
What's your mantra (focusing phrase) for 2022?
Whatever the year ahead holds, we know that God will be in the center of it all. God is even steadier and more constant than the sun as the earth revolves around her, one year at a time.
With love & prayers for a hope-filled 2022,