My birthday will be coming up soon, my 26th birthday. And so I will begin a practice of reflection, and a short, but intentional time of writing. Today is day one, and this will run through December 19th, day 26, which will be my first FULL day of being 26 (my birthday is the 18th.) Feel free to join me for all of these days, a day here and there, or none of these days. But, I feel as if a practice of intentional writing may be exactly what I need right now.
This past year has been busy. I think back over my 26th trip around the sun and think, “Wow! Did I do all that?” and at the same time there is always that part of my brain that says, “Wait! You didn’t do enough.” The part that never is satisfied, the part that never deems anything, “enough.” But I look back on this past year, and I am amazed. One benefit of having a birthday so close to the end of the year is that as the new years looms in the near distant future, and you begin to reflect on the past 12 months, you are basically looking back on the year since your last birthday too. I am not sure what this practice is meant for, but it felt right today. At first I thought there might be a theme, a word of the day, or a Bible passage of the day, but as I write this first reflection, I think it is really about writing. Nothing more, nothing less, just writing. For myself, for anyone who wants to read my ramblings, for future me, for the sake of writing itself. And maybe that will change on day 17 or day 15, but today I am intent on entering this journey without knowing exactly where it is going to lead.