A New Year

2008 is gone and 2009 is here! In many ways the New Year is like the changing of the guard. It is a time for reflection upon the past and contemplation upon the future. The old has gone and the new has come. It is a time for change! It is time for New Years’ Resolutions! But before resolutions can be made and change can happen, reconciliation with the past must occur. One cannot help but go through the baggage of the last year and unpack the events which have shaped life’s current situation.

As I step into the New Year I am flooded with images of the past, images which are full of hope and joy. 2008 was a great year and I pray in 2009 God continues to pour out His blessing upon me and my family. The last year brought with it many life altering events which will forever change my life and the way I interact with the world.

In January of ‘08 I moved out of the dorms and forsook the life of a bachelor as I entered into the new and exciting world of marriage. Married life has far exceeded any of my expectations. It has been one of the best and easiest years of my life. In June, I turned 30 and made the final leap into adulthood, realizing that I have lived at least 1/3 of my life here on this earth (a scary thought…me being an adult). In September I began the final year of my masters program and started teaching at San Quentin Prison, an event which I am still trying to understand and process though.

The holidays also brought with them many first. I went to the “in-laws” for Thanksgiving in Georgia, ate at the GREAT Waffle House for the first time, and explored many of the complexities of the Southern life as I took an extensive tour of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina (road trip) with my wife and two broth-in-laws. For Christmas, I was able to bring my WIFE home with me to my parent’s house and share with her in her first white Christmas and temperatures which stayed in the low teens. And to bring in the New Year we were able to share time with some of our most beloved friends.

At the beginning of 2009 I can’t help but look back at the year that has just passed and wonder what the next one will be like. How am I going to take the successes and failures from the last year and move on to greater things in the future? How is this year going to be different? These are all questions which I hope to gain from look at the past year.

In the spirit of learning from the past and moving into the future I want to revisit something I talked about back in July: my blogging. I have failed miserably! In July I said that I was going to be blogging twice a week…well, if any of you are keeping count, I have written five posts since then. Like I said, I have failed! My failure is made even worse, as I have just told you that I have had one of the best years of my life. I’m sorry I’ve not written about it. This is my attempt at reconciling with all of you for not keeping my blog updated, and with myself for not doing my best. I guess you can call this a pseudo New Years Resolution. I say this because I am not sure how I feel about New Years’ Resolutions at the moment. That may be the next blog you see, but for now I want to let you know that it is my intention to do much better this year. I want to blog at least once a week.

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3 thoughts on “A New Year

  1. good thoughts Donald. I should make a resolution to golf with you at least once a week! Reconciliation of the past is something that I misunderstood. I tend to leave a trail of destruction on some of the paths I travel and when I go back to reconcile I realize I should have just left it alone. I guess I need to find the balance between external and internal reconciliation. I look forward to more blogs.

  2. Donald! Sorry I missed you this time around at Christmas in the “‘ville of Snoozen”. I can’t say that you are totally wrong and have failed with blogging; because that means you have probably put priority on the right things (like your wife).I don’t get to blog as much as I would like, and make the thoughtful effort to try and do so more often (as you); to no avail.Just wait, time squeezes more out of you when the patter of “little feet” come into play (and by that I mean children). Here’s the question of 2009 to ponder:Is it scarier to others that you are an adult? Or would it be scarier for others that you have the potential to be a “dad”?Being the father of a 3 year old, and a 17 month old; I have found the highest power anyone could ever acheive:The power to corrupt the minds of my little ones. :DNext time we are out your way, I will definitely plan a little better to get together. If you come out to the Austin area (that’s in Texas in case you didn’t know), give me a shout.

  3. Okay, I’m going to hold you to that! I had no idea you were teaching at a prison. Donald, that is AWESOME!!! I pray you and your sweet Martha have many blessed years ahead of you! I miss talking to you guys and being uplifted with your wisdom! Maybe that will be my resolution, to be a better friend that keeps in touch! love to you both, tawny

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