1. Finish well. This is a simple way of saying that I want to do better during the second half. To quote Oprah Winfrey quoting Maya Angelou, "When you know better, you do better." After 51 years, I hope I know better and have been/will continue to do better - mentally, spiritually, physically, socially. On the physical front, I've taken off 40 lbs. As for the other areas, I am attempting to. . .
2. Live Graciously. Gracious - pleasantly kind, benevolent, courteous, merciful or compassionate. All attributes that I feel are in short supply in our country. Tim Gunn is my mentor!
3. Live Simply. Weed out those possessions, relationships, commitments and attitudes that cause stress or take more time to maintain than they are worth.
4. Interact with people. I recently saw a news story about how technology is making it easier for us to avoid personal contact. Self-checkout, shopping on-line, ATM's, Twitter, - all ways to do what we need to do without actually talking to or even seeing people. We have moved frequently and over the years I find myself making less and less effort to meet people and build friendships, so I am making a conscious effort to reverse that - even if it's just smiling and saying hello to the clerk at the grocery store. Dave and I agree that, in general, we have made better friends over a beer than we have over a hymnal. As sad as that may be, it has held true over the past 30 years, so I'm trying to interact more - you never know where I'll find my next friend.
5. Revive my faith by going back to the basics. No pre-written devotions, no commentaries, no books preaching someone else's idea of Christianity. Just me, the Bible, God and what He chooses to reveal to me.
Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8