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Friday, January 04, 2013

Friday Five: Resolutions and Absolutions Edition

Lucy, the Margate (NJ) Elephant, Celebrates the New Year

The New Year has dawned! At this point, we are four days in. The photo above shows an icon of my hometown in full on celebration mode. And this is, of course, typically a time when many of us try to turn over a new leaf, start a new habit, or otherwise live into the newness of the year. As for me and my house, there is a concerted effort afoot to keep a record of everything I eat, as well as the seasonal re-commitment to morning prayer. At the same time, I'm trying to cultivate a more self-accepting stance, an attitude of gentleness and forgiveness with myself when I don't keep those promises. Herewith, a Friday Five all about Resolutions and Absolutions.

Resolutions:

1. Start by sharing your success stories with us: In the past, what resolution has been your most successful? What change have you made that has been the most beneficial, to your mood, health, finances, or other way of being in the world?

2. What is one thing you hope to do differently this year with regard to health, either physical or spiritual? If you are satisfied with your current status in both areas, perhaps you would be willing to share something you've already done (or regularly do) to care for yourself.

3. What is one thing you hope your family (of origin, of choice, however you define your primary place of mutual emotional sustenance) will do differently this year? A new tradition for birthdays? More vacation time? Game night? Feel free to really dream about ways to deepen your connections with those you love.

4. What is one thing you hope your community of faith will consider doing differently this year? New music? Different approaches to preaching? Rearranging the furniture? If you are in a position to try to introduce change, share some of your enthusiasm and/ or anxiety with us!

Absolutions:

5. In what area would you most like to learn to be gentle with yourself? For what would you most like to forgive yourself? Share your ideas and strategies for extending yourself the kind of grace we know we are assured of.

I will be traveling in the morning, but will check in with all our Friday Fivers in the afternoon. Let us know if you decide to play! Here's how to share your link:

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24 comments:

  1. I'm off to the races, so I posted early. Here's my bits of wisdom

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  2. That Pat. I played "Start and Stop" here

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    1. May God surround you with her gentle love.

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  4. I really appreciated the opportunity to think of beginning again.

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  5. I played here! Two days ago. and scheduled it to post. And it didn't post... Oh! another self-forgiveness opportunity. Neat!

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    1. so glad you and your congregation are thinking of focusing on feeding the hungry. I know you will be well fed yourselves.

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  6. I've scheduled some major hopes, resolutions, and goals ... I'm off to practice het orgel for Sunday and will visit everyone later. Thanks, Pat; wonderful 2013, everyone!

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    1. Love your poetry. Thanks for posting

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  8. It's the anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. Nine years ago today at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California. I'm playing, but playing slowly. One paragraph at a time as I reflect on resolutions, absolutions, desolation and consolation. Sooner or later I'll be able to say "I played here." Just not yet.

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    1. congratulations on your anniversary. Ours is a strange and mysterious calling. I'm always glad for your insights.

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  9. I relocated my blog to a new site as a fresh start for a new year and I played here.

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  10. Oops--that link didn't work. You'll find my play here: http://revalli.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/anniversaries-…the-living-god/

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  11. Just saw this. Looking forward to writing about these questions tomorrow.

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