This is the year of my Shalom.
In just a few months husband-man and I will launch into yet another major life transition – but this time one that we hope and trust leads us to a season of restful waters. I hope to find in it Shalom – the incredible earth-shattering presence of wholeness, health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, and harmony. A dazzling display of life to the full, complete and perfect.
So as I leave 28 and head steadily to 30 this year. Here are some of the things I want to fill my days with. I want to..
1. Learn to Surf
2. Learn to cook Indian food from scratch
3. Perform an original spoken word piece
4. Learn to code in HTML (I’m open to being persuaded there is a better first language to learn)
5. Learn to do my own makeup
6. Ride a motorcycle
7. Redo my FirstAid training
8. Learn to dance
9. Learn how to service a car and change a tire
10. Grow a salad
11. Read through the whole bible
12. Learn to play hockey
Some of these play to my core passions and some drive me far outside of my comfortability. Some are practical skills and some are extravagant. Some use my mind, some my body, and some my spirit. Some will be learned in solitude, and will take me inside myself; some will be learned at the feet of friends and family, and will draw me out of myself.
They demonstrate in small and perhaps insignificant ways my desire for shalom in how I am with those around me, with my physical self, with the Creator, with nature, with culture, with technology, and with my own creativity.
Here’s to looking forward to 30 with anticipation not apprehension. Here’s to revelling not regretting.
Here’s to Shalom – life to the full.