This past holiday season is not one I will soon forget, but not for the reason some may think. Certainly, it was a busy one for those involved in the life of the church. The 1-2 punch of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on a Sunday brought more than a few of us to our knees (or hopefully to a more comfortable napping position).
In the midst of the holiday season I had one of those moments where a path suddenly was made clear - A-ha! This experience has prompted me to wonder what some of your A-ha moments may be.
They can be mundane - a realization that you like/don't like a certain food or that you really look good in that color you never had the guts to try. They can be sacred - a way to better pace your day clicks into place or finally a devotion or meditation practice that really works for you. They can be profound - the moment you realized he/she was the one (or wasn't)or the moment you realized where your deepest passion could meet the world's greatest need.
Please tell us - what are five (more or less) of your 'A-ha' moments. Where have you had a moment of clarity?
- When the boys were still preschool age, I had an epiphany that still holds true: I need to be completely ready for my day before I wake them. It seems so simple in retrospect, but I constantly push back against it. I want to be able to blow dry my hair while they get dressed... and sometimes I can do it without repercussions, but our mornings are always smoothest and most peaceful when I am able to be attentive and present to them (even thought they are now teens).
- Most jobs are never completely finished. I tend to want to do something once and put it away forever. I am learning that just about everything needs to be revisited cyclically.
- Sleep is a wise investment for me. I tend to be a night owl. At times in my life, I had to be (seminary, anyone?) - but I fall into night-owlish behavior also when I am being undisciplined. I am healthier in body, mind and soul when I get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
- Another discipline for me is sermon-writing. I can write a sermon off the cuff , but I feel better about the sermons I offer when I take the time to work through an outline given by my homiletics professor. I am able to delve deeper and make more meaning when I go through the process itself. I am now working Fridays and taking Mondays off, so I am hoping to have sermons written by the time I leave the church on Fridays...I'll see how that goes.
- I feel much better when I ask the question that I am afraid to ask - does that make sense? As I get older, I recognize the feeling of a burning question that will fester if I leave it unasked. Then I have to figure out who and where to ask it, but I have to combat a real fear of looking ignorant or incompetent.