January 22, 2018, Prescott-
Every so often, I come out with details of my plans for this or that. One year (day, month) at a time, I have been advised. That makes sense for anyone my age, on up. So my plans for this year, 2018, ought to be a foundation for what comes next.
This year, I will work, diligently, both at my day job- which will see an uptick in the number of students we have, come August, and at my financial effort, which is, admittedly, still in its fledgling state ( I can hear the Boo Birds, now- “There he goes again!”), but is being pursued, carefully, with a lot of expert support. This will bring me to San Diego, the fourth weekend in March, for a mentoring conference. Prior to that, I will have had nearly 60 hours of training and mentoring calls. I have detailed other travel plans, in a previous post, and those still stand for next month, and for May-June. An uptick in income would also allow me to join other mentoring events.
That covers the number one. “Two” takes in 2019. Next year marks the Bicentenary of the Birth of al-Bab, the immediate predecessor of Baha’u’llah, and His Herald. This event, marked in late October, will be the overarching event of the year, for me and for millions of others. My summer travels will bring me back to the Pacific Northwest, and southeast Alaska. My work and financial ventures will continue apace. Then, too, who knows what the Universe will add on to all that?
“Three” brings us to 2020. As I turn 70, in November of that year, its March will see my final physical Fast, under Baha’i law. The Fast will have spiritual import for me, the rest of my life, but abstaining from food and beverages will not apply, once I reach the age of seventy. I hope to be at, or past, my financial goals by New Year’s Day of that year. Travel wise, I am looking at a Trans-Canada (BC to Newfoundland) road trip, in June and July.
“Four” means 2021. This year will mark the Centenary of the Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’u’llah’s eldest son and His Successor, as Head of the Baha’i Faith. My longtime readers may remember that, in 2012, we commemorated the centennial of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to North America. 2021 will, thus,also be a special year for us Baha’is.
For me, personally, it will bring the end of my full-time employment as an educator. I have ambitious, but still tentative, plans for international travel. Besides those, I will be more active on the volunteer front, in whatever community (ies) I may find myself, once “retired”.
So there are the substances of numbers one through four, as they pertain to my humble life. Many of these could very well come to pass, though the Universe does throw a curve at each of us, every so often!