I’m perhaps in the worst shape of my life right now. I did some yoga again last weekend, but got really sore, and now I have a bad cold. When the sniffles are gone, it’s back on the horse.
I let my punishing schedule last semester get me out of my good morning habits. I’ve been meaning to get back in the swing of things for a month. No more excuses.
Last month I watched some of a DVD series called Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was excellent, and I need to get it from the library again to finish it.
As an outlet for frustration and, yes, as a desperate plea to reach seemingly apathetic students and even as cheap shots at being funny, I still make sarcastic cracks. It’s arrogant, and I need to keep working on it. It seems silly, but it’s very hard to hold this back. It’s addictive.
Next: prayer, and practice working through my thouhts more slowly before speaking.
I don’t have the list in front of me, but I’ve probably seen one since the last time I wrote here. I need to update my notes.
I still pick away at language Cd’s in my car at times, but not consistently, and my flash card/worksheet needs are all but ignored. I did watch two Chinese movies recently, and payed close attention to the words, but that’s hardly sufficient.
I did get a new Chinese Book of Mormon last month. Now I just need to regularly compare it with the pinyin translation I found online and study it.
Next: more CDs in car, do some paperwork, email Chinese LDS guy I found online for ideas.
I had a chance to do this last night, and failed. Generally, I have it in mind, and I’ve done a couple things to make progress, but I should mention it in my prayers more often, and plan specific things to do for/with certain individuals to bond with them.
It’s very hard to assess one’s own teaching, but the best objective measures possible-
feedback from my colleagues, leaders, and parent peers, as well as feedback from former students-I appear to be doing well.
Already this school year, I can remember episodes of kids finding great new literary experiences, improoving their writing, and thinking critically. But not enough…
Next: I need to keep these three goals in mind as I plan lessons: have short, focused “workshops” on them, if you will.
I’ve been getting more involved in Scout leadership lately, and this only increases my desire to do this. Break it down into small steps, and it’s really quite manageable.
Next: the goals fall into a pretty natural order, so schedule one, do it, then tackle the next.
I’ve probably taken down another title or two since I last wrote. Henry James for sure.
Two days ago, the kids were playing with a big cardboard box. Inspired, I put them in it one at a time, closed it up, and walked around with it, announcing to my wife that I was mailing the kids to Mars.
OK, it was more fun than it sounds.
I need to do more stuff like this. Last night I could have played with the kids more, or read to them more, but I didn’t. Some special silly thing with each kid should be a DAILY habit.
How sad that perhaps my most important goal has received the least progress!
I have ideas and resources for thinsg I know she’d like, but how often do I even do the little things? When was the last time I surprised her with a silly card, or actually acted on my fleeting plans to rub her feet in bed? Oh, sure, I’ve brought home flowers a couple of times, and helped around the house, etc., but that’s just maintenance. I want to sweep my special lady off her feet!
Next: yet again, specific, regular planning is the key
Two days ago, someone passed me on the road and waved a Book of Mormon at me, while giving a thumbs up. So SOMEBODY noticed the BKFMRMN license plate, but do non-LDS? Do they care?
I’ve posted comments on popular articles about the Book of Mormon, and mentioned it many times on my own, but I haven’t given any out since last writing here, nor have I reached my sub goal of writing about it for any major publication, though I know the audience is out there.
Next: query specific markets about general BoM articles.
I try to contact each of them each month, but if it gets too hard, I don’t persist or get creative enough to get the job done. I have a good relationship with most of them, but am I really ministering to their specific needs? Get out there and do the Savior’s work for them!
Next: more prayer and consistent planning, individualized for families’ needs
Sinec my last entry, I (with family and/or church members) have done a couple of things I’d call “service,” but this goal is really about inculcating a mindset: a permanent, constant concern for the welfare of others.
Two things can do this: praying for the gift, and making plans to do specific things for people in my planning for each week. Ultimately, though, I want to be the kind of person who spontaneously puts helping others-
in whatever way I can-first. It’s not who I am yet, but I do want to get there.
Next: regular prayer and planning
Since I last wrote, I’ve given out one pass along card, maybe two. I’ve invited exactly one person to church, and that was only a week ago. I need to approach this like a missionary: make a list with goals for them. I could also probably benefit from studying the “business” chapters from Preach My Gospel.
Do I have member missionary activities on my goal schedule for 2009? I’ll have to check.
Next: study PMG, make weekly lists of names, contacts, commitments
Since I last wrote, I’ve taken one more name through the temple, and attended a great family history class at church. Most of the names I already have now have their work done. I need to finish that, and continue my research.
Next: continue working
Progress: some. I finished my inital notes, as mentioned on my blog: http://gentlyhewstone.wordpress.com/2008/10/11/notes-on-the-ministry-and-character-of-jesus-christ/
I realize now that those notes need to be a work in progress themselves.
I’ve included reviewing those notes on my schedule for achieiving goals for the year, but haven’t kept it yet. I do try to think about making Christlike choices in my speech and actions, but certainly not often enough.
Next: continue working
Let’s plan to tackle this one next summer.
I have a really funny idea. I’ll draw it up and send it out in August.