The day after my birthday, Friday, I spent some time in introspection and came up with a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish in my 45th year on the earth, if God is so gracious to leave me here that long.
I shared one of these goals that had been bouncing around in my head for a while with some friends last week and one of them replied, “It’s good to have goals.” The unspoken phrase that followed in my mind: It’s better to actually achieve them. Or at least attempt to do so.
So here are my goals.
- Continue to grow in the practice of Spiritual Disciplines. This is something that has been a point of growth for me over a couple of decades, but I have much farther to go, I feel.
- Take at least 2 Spiritual Retreats by myself.
- Explore the Spiritual Discipline of Silence. I don’t know much about this and I can tell you that my mind is rarely quiet. I want to study and begin to practice this.
- Eliminate (certain $ amount) of spending.
- Apply above described saved money to debts. For reasons I won’t enumerate, though likely obvious for those of my generation, we took on a lot of debt early in our lives and have been working our way out of it for years. While we have made significant progress at times, I am frustrated with how slowly it is going. I want to move faster.
- Give more to opportunities beyond my normal avenues.
- 1 Vacation with just us this year. Typically our vacation is spent visiting extended family, which is a good thing. Still, we need some time with just us together.
- Read more on marriage. While I love my marriage and think it’s pretty awesome, everything is capable of being improved and I can do that best by improving me within our marriage.
- Date Bonnie more. We’ve been dating quite a bit since our kids got older, but we need to do this more.
- 1 event (big, not small like an ice cream cone over 45 mins) per month with each child – just me and them.
- Eat better, lose weight. Again. My weight is like a yo-yo and I struggle with it. I need to get better control of it.
- Continue to exercise regularly. I’ve joined a gym for $10 a month and have been working out there. Got to keep going.
- Start running triathlons. I know. That sounds crazy, especially for a person struggling with their weight. But it features running, swimming and cycling and variety keeps me engaged. Also, I am not running Iron Man level triathlons. Whenever people hear that word, they think of Hawaii and the Iron Man they do there. That’s for elite athletes. They have much smaller events (sprint triathlons) that are manageable for beginners. Still, this is likely to be the most demanding goal on the board.
I have a few other thoughts about lifestyle issues. I intend to read more, take more pictures, paint more, write more, etc. but they aren’t goals, so… I’ll just stick them here at the end.