Looking Forward

I am looking forward to…

  1. Having two days off in a row!  (Most of my career I’ve had only one whole day off per week.  When I had two days, they weren’t in a row.  Having two days off in a row is awesome!  It turns out two is different from one plus one!)
  2. Having the weekend for my days off!
  3. Going to family social events!  (They are usually scheduled on weekends.)
  4. Having my summers off!  (I like having big swaths of time for creative work and special projects.)
  5.  Traveling!
  6.  Not being censored!
  7. Being able to discuss “verboten” topics.  (Certain topics came up in class and the profs told us that they and we were “not allowed to discuss” some of them.  I thought that meant in class.  Later I learned that the profs couldn’t even discuss them outside of class!  I had never heard of an educational institution censoring discussions let alone prohibiting topics.  Plus, the Vatican really doesn’t want any Catholic discussing certain topics!)
  8. Not concerning myself with local politics.
  9. Not concerning myself with “tribal” thinking and parochial perfection.
  10. Trying new things!
  11. Growing!
  12. Living!
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Choices

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My Favorite Things (Besides God, family, and myself!)

  1. Music: Especially classical piano solo; most especially Chopin, Beethoven, Schubert, Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, Brahms
  2. Books: Especially British and Russian Literature; most especially Tolstoy
  3. Coffee: hot/cold, black/altered, pure/flavored, any way you want to fix it; especially hot, black, dark roast
  4. Scripture: Old and New Judeo/Christian scriptures, especially Genesis, the Psalms, Isaiah, Hosea, the Gospels, select verses, and Revelation
  5. Sleep: especially in my own bed, in the dark, with absolute silence
  6. Trees: especially hard-wood forests
  7. Flowers: all!
  8. Ocean: especially the Atlantic
  9. Writing: lists, my thoughts, processing ideas, letters
  10. Pens: especially short and fat, heavy, metal ones
  11. Journals and great quality paper
  12. Color!  Especially tertiary colors and “colors” that waver between two or three colors or shades or hues

Things I can’t stand:

  1. Cruelty: actual or implied, to humans or animals or anything conceptualized as being able to suffer
  2. Noise: meaningless sound, any sound that is too loud, any sound whose purpose is simply to fill up silence
  3. Bullying: whether bullying a child or an adult, I can’t stand bullying behavior
  4. Lies, deceit, deception, cheating, dishonesty, profiting from wrong-doing or untruth — intended or not
  5. Evil in any form
  6. Intentional killing of any human-being for any reason
  7. Hypocrisy

How I respond to things I can’t stand but can’t change:

  1. Pray for God’s intercession
  2. Pray for revelation and/or discernment of what I CAN do
  3. Do at least one positive thing in response no matter how small, because there is ALWAYS a positive option
  4. Persist in faith, hope, and love.