My Star Word for this year is “Empathy”. The internet defines empathy as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Merriam-Webster says, “Empathy is similar to sympathy, but empathy usually suggests stronger, more instinctive feeling.”
Here are my intentions for 2019.
- Continue to eat real food, and, hopefully, lose about 20 more pounds this year. – I’ve lost 2.6 lbs this year so far (I know, I gained a little again this month, *Sigh*). I just got back from a trip to Victoria, BC, with my sister, and we indulged in Afternoon Tea, and full breakfasts every day. I’m definitely going to lose some more this month.
- Continue to average 150 miles a month on my Fitbit. – Last week, I was a little short, because I spent a lot of time on boats (Whale Watching, BlackBall Ferry twice). I think I got the 150 miles for the month, though.
- I’m back to doing pretty strenuous exercise with my personal trainer including walking outdoors (up and down hills), chest press and close grip row machines, shoulder strength, balance, core exercises, and sit-to-stands. The weather has changed and it’s pretty cool, so the outdoor walking will be curtailed a little.
- I AM trying to remember “empathy” in my interactions with people I meet.
- I have continued posting Five Things that Made Me Happy Today every day here on this blog. I’m always surprised when I meet casual acquaintances who tell me how much they enjoy reading my list. I don’t do it for other people – I do it for myself – to remind me how much I have to be thankful for.
- Expand my leisure reading from fluff mysteries to more substantial novels. – Books read this year.
- The Library Book by Susan Orleans – finished
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – finished
- Becoming by Michelle Obama – finished
- Womanish Midrash by Wil Gafney – finished
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – finished
- The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor – finished
- Entering the Passion of Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine – finished
- Silent Night by Danielle Steele – finished
- Autumn by Ali Smith – finished
- Winter by Ali Smith – finished
- A Good Year by Peter Mayle – finished
- Magnolia Nights by Ashley Farley – finished
- The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman – finished
- Wife of Moon by Margaret Coel – finished
- Cleaning the Gold by Karen Slaughter and Lee Child – finished
- Beyond the Garden by Ashley Farley – finished
- Everything is F*cked – a Book about Hope by Mark Manson – finished
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – finished
- The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – finished
- There, There by Tommy Orange – finished
- Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf – finished
- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – finished
- Calico Joe by John Grisham – finished
- The Nickle Boys by Colson Whitehead -finished
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – finished
- Kindred by Octavia E Butler – finished
- The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck – finished
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – reading
- Continue to read the Washington Post and the New York Times for reasonably non-biased reporting. – I scan the headlines and read articles that interest me.
- I subscribe to Medium, and read articles of current interest.
- I gave up my subscription to the New Yorker because they never could figure out how to change my credit card number. Oh, well.
- Continue to watch the Rachel Maddow Show to feed my angst and resolve. – Check
- Great Decisions discussion group here at Franke Tobey Jones – I missed the meeting this month because I was traveling. The topic for October is The State of the State Department and American Diplomacy. That should be interesting, but I’m afraid most of what is in the book will be out of date.
- Continue to participate in weekly Bible study, and weekly Worship.
- Try to carve out time daily for intentional prayer and meditation. I’ve subscribed to several email “prompts” that arrive in my inbox every morning. The Upper Room has a couple of short reflections and/or devotionals every morning, and A Network for Gratefulness also gives me something to think about as I go about my day.
- I’m lobbying for my church to become an Earth Care Congregation with PC(USA). I’ve got a tentative approval for this, but I’m still trying to get a firm “Yes”.
- I went to Olympia Presbytery meeting this month. It was good to see other folks from around the presbytery, and to hear updates from our New Church Development at the Washington Correction Center for Women, and from Soundview, our camp. We also approved two members for ordination to validated ministries.
- Our Interfaith discussion group with the Muslims, Jews, Lutherans, and Presbyterians will resume in October.
- I post Morning and Evening Prayer on Facebook in Casa – An Experiment in Doing Church On-line on the 23rd of every month.
- Tend the relationships I have at Franke Tobey Jones. –
- I still regularly attend the Gazebo Group (the folks who meet on Monday evenings for Happy Hour.)
- I participated in the Wellness Center activities like the Owen Beach walk most Fridays. The Owen Beach walk is on hiatus until June, now. *sigh*
- Tend the relationships I have at Bethany Presbyterian Church. – Check
- Tend the relationships I have on Social Media. I’m making an effort to avoid posting or reposting political articles, although I do still try to call out blatant racism, sexism, misogyny, etc. when it comes to my page.
- I’m back in a Creative Writing class. I don’t know what is going to come out of it, but I’m going to try to get a memoir in shape for my kids. I doubt that anyone else would be interested in it.
- Participate in Town Halls and face-to-face meetings with elected officials.
- Attend GA Nominating Committee meetings, both face-to-face and virtually. Next meetings are scheduled for an on-line meeting in November and a face-to-face meeting in March.
- Support #BlackLiveMatter, #Me,Too, #ThePoorPeople’sCampaign, #ClimateAction, and other social justice movements. – I donate regularly to MoveOn, the ACLU, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. I attend rallies and marches if I’m available.