Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Quick Bread

If I don't do this now, it might not get done at all, so here is the Bisquick version of my end of '07, beginning of '08 Sleeping with Bread post.


2007...


...was at times disappointing. Usually, the disappointment had to do with people. Go figure. If you've been hanging out in my universe for very long you know I love God and His church. However, His church (the people, not the buildings) can be headstrong, stubborn, given to fits of silliness, and just plain frustrating. Thank goodness He loves us anyway.


...was at times typical. I started last year with great intentions for my health, physical and spiritual. I ended it with the equivalent of one of those horrific pratfalls that makes you want to laugh and cry for a person all at the same time. The spiritual practices and physical exercise I was so diligent at for the first few months of '07 were nowhere to be found by the end.
...was at times exhilarating. I started school, was scared to death--as evidenced by much gastro-intestinal distress and disrupted sleep, juggled too many balls but came through it all with quite a nice result. I met some new, lovely people, figured out exactly what this Master's in Reading Education actually is and figured out a) that I think I'm going to be good at what I want to do and b) that I really like it.
For 2008...
...I hope to me more disciplined. With three classes and the usual commitments, I know I will not be Miss Perfect Exerciser or Miss Never-Miss-A-Prayer time. However, I hope to incorporate good practices, on all levels, more often than not. My life (and my family's lives) are much better off when I am eating right, exercising, and spending meaningful time in spiritual pursuits.
...I hope to continue to do well in school. This will require more of the discipline mentioned above. Oy! I almost laughed out loud as I typed that. I'm such an undisciplined person. This will be interesting.
...Ultimately, for all the challenges that 2007 brought, I wouldn't mind feeling overall about 2008 as I do about 2007: that it was a year in which I did good but could do better. I had dubbed 2007 as The Year of Restraint. While I still need to work on all the things I listed in last year's Resolutions post, I would be content to look forward to 2009 having shown some restraint and discipline but feeling as if I was able to enjoy life along the way.
The Year of Just Being...
being Mary-LUE
being Mom
being Wife and Partner
being Friend
being Daughter
being Student
Being.

5 comments:

Sober Briquette said...

Your goal reminds me of a conversation with my husband. I was in the middle of a lengthy commentary about some behavior of my own that needed change or improvement or, or something, and he calmly interrupted me and said, "Why does everything have to be "work?" Why can't it just be."

Well, I was speechless. I still haven't answered it, but I'm thinking about it.

Wishing you a wonderful year.

Terri B. said...

I like the idea of "just being" too. It seems that this is when I am most successful (whatever that means). I tend to have goals rolling around inside my head and an idea which direction I want to go, but rarely think of them in terms of something on a list that needs accomplished. "Just being" is good.

Julie Pippert said...

That's a fantastic list. And I 100% agree with what you wrote under "I hope to be more disciplined."

My husband 100% agrees with what you wrote about the church. He is very...disillusioned. Let's put it that way.

I am so glad you feel like you have your feet under you with this degree and future career. :)

daisies said...

'the year of just being' i like that and am so glad you are doing well and school and enjoying it so much ... much love for 2008, xox

atypical said...

you forgot "Being atypical's friend" ;)

I like the idea of just being - Mary vs. Martha.

You know my thoughts and prayers are with you through it all...

-t