January 5, 2018, Prescott-
I have addressed the new year, in terms of where I might go, and such. In terms of the Now, however, any new year is best approached by looking at the Four F’s of one’s life: Family, Friends, Faith and Finances.
So, let’s do this.
Family- I have to be at the ready, always, for any changes that happen in my large and cherished family. As with anyone, I need to be ready for births, deaths and any dire emergency in between. Right now, the radar screen shows my niece’s wedding, in June. May peace reign, in the interim. My family goal this year, though, remains more regular communication with all. Social media takes up much of that slack, and I am already engaged in writing a traditional letter to my mother, every 1-2 weeks. A similar letter, to my eldest brother, goes out once a month, and he follows my online postings. The same is true of my son.
Friends- There is someone who I consider my best friend, and to whom I would devote as much time as she needs. She is a busy soul, though, so up to now, that time has not amounted to a whole lot. There are many others, from my fellows in Faith, my co-workers and people, from three blocks away, to Zimbabwe and Siberia, for whom I would give my life. I have two caveats: Please do not call or message me, randomly, and get offended when I don’t have time for a social call- deferred attention is always an option. Secondly, not buying a product you have for sale or endorsing a mass message you are promoting on Facebook Messenger does not mean I don’t care about you. Conversely, if you don’t take up my cause, I will still regard you as a friend. Visiting goes by the same rules. I will always call or message, in advance, when headed your way. Right now, a visit to a friend in Orange County, CA is in the works and there may be several more, between here and Philadelphia, come school year’s end.
Faith- My day starts with meditation, prayer and recitation of a sacred verse. Faith, though, has to be reflected in everything one does, especially with regard to other people. So, my work, my driving, my business transactions, even my leisure activities, are approached with Baha’i principles in mind. I am no saint, but the Golden Rule is ever present. I will have many activities brought to my calendar, faith-wise, this year, and as with concerns with family, so do I need to be ready and flexible on my schedule, to prioritize Baha’i activities, when they directly impact the spiritual well-being of the community. This afternoon, and this coming Sunday, are examples of short-notice gatherings, for which I am able to be ready. I anticipate many more.
Finances- Given my temperament, this area has long been my weak spot. I am giving it a lot more attention, and being coached financially is one reason why I am choosing to wake earlier each day. I fully intend to grow my estate, given looming events, for which one is normally expected to have a fair amount of cash on hand. The main thing is that I have put a scarcity mentality behind me, and will persevere in the coming months, in building more short-term security. I tended to possible elder care needs, at Penny’s behest, while she was still alive. I am also very well-insured.
The Four F’s being much on my mind, this should be a fabulous year.