New Year, New Directions

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
~Albert Einstein

This quote sums up that last few years for me.

I’ve been living on auto-pilot and finding excuses not to change aspects of my life that I know need to be changed. I’ve let the unimportant take over and squeeze out many things, including joy, that I want to be important in my life. I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions just because I know they won’t last past the first week of the year and I don’t want to spend the year feeling guilty about not accomplishing those resolutions.

This year, however, I want to focus on changing the things that I can and re-prioritizing my commitments to make room for the things I really want to do, such as writing and taking online courses to learn new things. This will mean that I have to let go of good things to focus on better things and cleaning the clutter out of my house as well as my schedule. These changes will make both physical and mental space for me to grow and change in new ways.

I’m hopeful for the new opportunities and new directions this year can bring to me both personally and professionally. It is my prayer that I see the doors the Lord has opened for me and that I will walk boldly through those doors.

18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isa 43:18-19 NIV)

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Talking (Wild) Turkey

Where I work there has been some wild turkeys hanging around for quite a while – one female and two males. I’ve always thought it funny they set up camp in the middle of a city. As I was leaving today, I caught a glimpse of something in the bushes. It was the female crouched down, possibly on a nest. If so, that will be exciting to see baby turkeys, at some point. There have been days when I’ve gone out for a walk at lunch and happened upon this small flock and I just sit down, someplace safe, to watch them go about their business. As a life-time city dweller, these turkeys fascinate me and and I enjoy just watching them.