Welcome to 2008

January 2, 2008


Woo hoo. Happy New Year, and all that.

I spent much of 2007 flying by the seat of my pants, for various reasons. Both good and bad reasons. It was an interesting time. I look forward to a different year. Change is good. A large part of my view of a spiritual life is that God allows such a life to go through seasons, just like people north of Florida.

As an aside, I spent much of the latter part of December visiting Florida, where my wife’s family lives and where we went to college. The whole time, the temperature was in the 80s. Not fun.

I don’t believe these seasons necessarily correspond to any of our time periods. I do, however, believe that our mental and spiritual states can influence the times of these seasons, as well as the things we experience and learn during those seasons. And let’s face it, we as Western humans like to feel like there is something different about January 1 compared to December 31.

For myself, I’m not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. But I do enjoy the feeling of a fresh start, and the ideas and perspectives that come from that feeling. In light of this, there are a number of things I look forward to about 2008. Many of them will cause new ideas and new perspectives.

I’m sure there are other things that I’m forgetting to anticipate, and many other things that will completely surprise me when they come. And I’m okay with that.

In any case, welcome to the new year. May the face of God shine on you when you don’t expect it.