My Star Word for this year is “Encourage”. The internet says “encourage” means to give support, confidence or hope to someone.
Here are my intentions for 2020.
Needless to say, everything went out the window early in the month. I managed to get my hair cut on the 5th, and went to church on the 8th, but then the bottom fell out. Gazebo Group was cancelled along with all classes, and other group activities on the 9th, including Senior University. Bible Study was cancelled on the 10th. On the 16th all Wellness classes and personal training was cancelled, and residents who eat in any of the dining rooms had to either pick up their meals and go back to their rooms, or have their meals delivered. The Wellness Center remains open, but all of the employees who work there are gone on unemployment.
- Continue to eat real food, and, hopefully, lose about 15 more pounds this year. – I’ve lost 4 pounds since 12/31/19.
- Minimize chocolate, including mochas. – I haven’t had a mocha this month. I hope I’ve broken the habit (although, like a recovering alcoholic, the thought is never far from my mind.) I need to send the money saved to One Great Hour of Sharing.
- Be sure to get 25 grams of fiber every day. – Check!
- Continue to work with my personal trainer for strength, balance, and endurance.
- All personal training cancelled by COVID-19.
- Work on core strength and balance by myself between times. – Check!
- Notice and report any unexpected physical changes (rashes, bumps, etc.) to my doctor. – no new rashes, bumps, or aches!
- In the light of COVID-19, I’m trying to be much more intentional about washing my hands regularly – ALWAYS after I’ve been out of the house.
- Remember that excessive encouragement can be nagging. – I’m trying to remember.
- Say it with a smile. – Check
- Don’t belabor the point. – Check
- Continue to post “Five Things that Made Me Happy Today” every day on my blog.
- Notice encouragement from other people. – several other people have started posting their own #5Things.
- Notice encouragement from the Universe. – I’m noticing what’s right in my life now, although it’s harder now.
- I’ve returned to my Meditation practice, daily. I’m using the Oak app. It fits my needs.
- Expand my leisure reading. Read 50 books this year (not just “fluff”).
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – finished
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo – finished
- Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy – finished
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson – finished
- On the Bright Side by Melanie Shankle – finished
- 142 Ostriches – by April Davila – finished
- Pretty Girls – by Karen Slaughter – I gave myself permission to quit after 25% of it
- The Tuscan Child – by Rhys Bowen – reading
- Keep up with the national news daily without obsessing over it.
- Listen to NPR
- Watch Rachel Maddow
- I’ve subscribed to Heather Cox Richardson’s daily letter. It’s helping keep me sane.
- Participate in Creative Writing classes here at Franke Tobey Jones.
- Work on my on-going story about my childhood – still waiting for inspiration.
- Keep writing Midrash poetry when the opportunity presents itself – no new poems
- All courses cancelled by COVID-19.
- Attend Brain Training when it is offered by Senior University. – Cancelled by COVID-19
- Participate in Great Decisions here at Franke Tobey Jones. – Cancelled by COVID-19
- Continue to participate in weekly Bible study..- Cancelled by COVID-19
- Continue to participate in weekly Worship – no in-person worship. Attending virtually on Facebook Live
- Participate in Interfaith Dialogue – I talked about Lenten practices at the Christian Lenten Soup Supper on March 3rd. The Community Seder and the Community Iftar were cancelled by COVID-19
- Continue with General Assembly Nominating Committee – scheduled meeting cancelled by COVID-19. Perhaps we will have a ZOOM meeting later, if General Assembly is going to be held, which is looking more and more doubtful.
- Tend the relationships I have at Franke Tobey Jones.
- Wellness Center – No community members are allowed. I see 1-2 people there when I exercise.
- Gazebo Group – In person meetings cancelled by COVID-19. We have begun weekly ZOOM meetings.
- Tend the relationships I have at Bethany Presbyterian Church.
- Bible Study – Cancelled by COVID-19
- Earth Care Congregation – we have been certified as an Earth Care Congregation. No activities because of COVID-19.
- I attended an Olympia Presbytery ZOOM meeting as a guest.
- Participate in Town Halls and face-to-face meetings with elected officials. – all cancelled by COVID-19
- Support the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and MoveOn. – Check
- Support the election of officials who are champions for Social Justice issues.
- Climate action
- Racial justice – I sign and send petitions, particularly when requested by the Presbyterian Office of Social Responsibility
- Health Care Availability
- Wealth Inequality