So, since my last post, I have added 3 more toddlers to my daily activities. My granddaughter, Tracy, and her husband have moved here from Richmond, Kentucky. They both work and I take care of their three little ones, along with the two who live with me, when their schedules coincide. The days and times vary greatly. Damion and Elaina love having them here and, after a period of adjustment, they love being here. I am glad to have the opportunity to build a closer relationship with them, but it does make managing time to write or exercise more of a challenge.
One which I was already having trouble accomplishing. So, once more, I am exploring ways to assure I make time to do both. As when I eliminated gaming from my life, I think the only thing that will work is to design a plan and then go at it “cold turkey.” I have tried since the first of the year to find a way to do it in steps or start small and gradually increase efforts, but those ways haven’t worked out.
I’ve recently bought several diet and exercise packages. I’ve made a few small posts. But, it always falls apart before long. So, I am looking at the packages and making a workout schedule to begin with. It cannot depend on time slots because my free time varies too much. So, I am making a commitment to a certain kind of workout on certain days for, at least, 15 minutes. The time of day will vary with my other responsibilities, but I will do it sometime even it it winds up being right before I go to bed at night. The goal is not just to lose weight, but to be stronger and have more stamina. The diet part will not be as difficult, once I make the key decisions, because I eat pretty healthy anyway.
As to writing, I am simply making a promise to myself to find moments of quiet, like now, to put words together. I’m not waiting for inspiration or scheduling a time slot because those things haven’t worked. I am doing religious research because I want to use this blog to explore the Bible and Christianity’s relationship to other religions. However, there is so much information out there that the research could take a lifetime. I need to begin the work while I search. So, I’ll be starting, not as an expert, but as a student searching for answers.
I’m not sure what timeframes will work, but I am making a promise to myself, to you, and to God that I will begin. I feel His call to be a small voice crying for common ground in the wilderness of suspicion and conflict that is our current state of affairs. As a Christian I must answer that call. At the moment, I think that answer will consist of an exploration of the Bible. When and how it came to be. A historical background of each book. A look at what real “experts” say about the meaning of key passages and, sometimes, a personal interpretation of how it relates to my faith.