In Part One of this post I detailed the thought process for a move and its place in my plan for a needed lifestyle change. With my word for 2015 being Move, it seemed a logical place to start.
But, a physical relocation or reworking of our current house is only part of what I am feeling is required. What follows are some additional steps that have come to mind.
A critical decision Betty and I have discussed will be how we begin to live a life truer to our faith. I have written before about the importance of religious faith to us. We have come to the conclusion that we are not committing enough of our time, energies, and resources to this part of our lives. A more active involvement in trying to help the hurting people in our society is required of us.
It has been too easy for us to ignore the horrors of the homeless, the abused, the abandoned, and those seeking a way out of their misery. Safe and sanitized faith kept inside a box that is only opened once or twice a week isn't what we believe we are supposed to be doing.
I left prison ministry a few years ago for some reasons that remain valid. But, I feel a need to reengage with something that takes my faith from the safe environment of my middle class lifestyle and puts it to work. No, we aren't contemplating becoming full time missionaries. But, something is being demanded of us in this area that we have yet to figure out but are actively looking at options.
To kick start my creative side, I am going to try something very different (and scary) for me: find a ceramics studio that offers classes for beginners or take a shot at painting with watercolors. Also, I started Tai Chi classes a few weeks ago. They should help my balance, flexibility and an overall sense of well-being.
I have plans for a third book, but for the moment I am putting that the shelf. I know I can turn out another retirement book but is that challenging enough for me at this time? Does it take me new places? At least for now, the answer is no.
There remain many more questions than answers. There is still much more for me to figure out. But, that dead end feeling I wrote about a few weeks ago is changing and I am feeling a renewed sense of energy.