Dying Daily #104 – Refocusing and Looking Forward

I started this blog on a whim. I read a blog by someone else (I think Jeff Goins) that said that the best way to improve your writing is to blog every day. To put that expectation on yourself and to let people know, so that you have accountability, or at least some vague social pressure to follow through. So, on a Sunday I decided I would blog every day for a year. It’s gone well so far.

This blog is supposed to be about acknowledging that we are all going to die, and finding purpose and meaning in that.

I am going to try to stay on track with this going forward, and to be more intentional about how the things we talk about on here tie into that.

So, upcoming projects this year.

The podcast is due, and I plan to get it done.

I am thinking once or twice a month while I get my feet underneath me on how to do one, and then go from there. I realized I was putting this odd pressure on myself about it because I listen to a lot of world class podcasts. Mine may take a minute to become world class (just a minute though, right?), and I think sharing the process of getting there can be useful in itself.

I am constantly learning about money and finances these days.

I’ve seen a glimmer of disappointment in a few people’s eyes when I tell them this, I think I am supposed to be “above that” in their minds. Money is neutral, it simply exists (conceptually) in our world. Whether it is good or bad is up to us, and, for me personally, viewing myself as “above it” has only created trouble for me. I want to learn to be smarter about it and make it work for me. I will die someday, I don’t want to spend this life scrounging, being in debt, and not having the money to help people when I want to.

I am trying hard to find a martial arts place here that has classes I can attend without blowing up my schedule at the office, and I have been lifting weights in my garage pretty steadily for a while.

I am not looking to be a bodybuilder or a ninja assassin, but I would like better control over my body, and I would like to find a way to lessen the amount of pain I experience daily. I’m not into drugs and surgeries, so this seems like a potential avenue. I am really enjoying lifting weights too.

I am going to be more diligent about the easier tasks in my life, the little things that add up and become mini-projects in themselves.

Putting things up as I go, cleaning up as I go, and being more responsible about responding to the various communications I receive from people.

Lastly, my constant project, I want to keep learning how to treat people better this next year.

I want to grow compassion and kindness in my life and continue to learn to deal with people honestly and openly, instead of through humor and the other things I use to layer myself off from them. This will be a lifelong project, but I will get better every year.

I have a hard time calling these resolutions because I am already working on them and I will be working on them until I have them where I want them, but I do feel this clean slate out in front of me right now. We live in the culture the same way a fish lives in the water; it affects us whether we know it or not.

It’s 2017, and you might not live to see 2018.

Be intentional this year. Tell me about the things you are working on, I love hearing about projects.

Happy New Year’s Day.