A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
Last week I posted my recap of 2019 and all in all I am very happy with my attempt at adult resolutions. For 2020 I realized that I wanted to work on consistency but I was missing some foundations for it. Doing some soul searching I’ve come up with my word for 2020…..
In continuation with my 8 week series (with a week off for Thanksgiving), I am discussing the 3rd principle this week:
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
This principle outlines how people should interact with each other and what we should do with one another. This principle focuses on the congregation but I believe that this is something worth bringing into all areas of life.
Accepting and encouraging one another is important in working towards the greater good and allowing all of us to be our best selves.
I wrote last week introducing this series on the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism (UU). For the next seven weeks I’m going to be highlighting one of the principles and talking about how it impacts my life, parenting, and work.
The first principle is “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”
While I have always “believed” in this idea; being a member of the UU congregation has forced me to confront what this actually means and what am I doing to PRACTICE this.
This is the crux of all the UU principles: what are you doing to practice them? It is not enough just to believe them; you must act on them in some way. This seems to stem from the humanist teachings; there is nothing that states you can’t believe in an afterlife but you also must work for the good of this life.
I’ve decided to try something a little bit different and write a series of posts; this is the first one outlining the series.
There is a lot of Christian influence in the blogosphere which isn’t a bad thing but it isn’t part of my home or my parenting in the strictest sense of the word. I’m not anti-Christian: one of my good friends (and blog inspirations) Earl Grey and Yellow is a Christian blogger, I was raised Catholic, went to Quaker (AKA Friends) grade school and Catholic high school; there are many things I admire about the Christian faith but I do not identify as a Christian.
When’s the last time you did something really hard? Like so frustrating you want to cry, hard? For me, it was yesterday.
“…to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life”
~Henry David Thoreau, Walden (emphasis is mine)
I am lucky, I am a teacher who gets to spend the whole summer off with my child. I want the summers of the future to conjure up the magic and memories of summers of the past. I want the Munchkin to feel like summer is a time for fun and exploration, for adventures, and marrow sucking. I want her (and me) to enjoy summer; I don’t want to look back and think I’ve “wasted” the gift that summer brings.
How much time do we really have? I have been struggling since the Munchkin, and to be honest, since before the Munchkin, to figure out what I REALLY like to do. What are my hobbies as an adult? I do a great job of “adulting” and taking care of the productive to do list but what do I do for fun? What does it feel like to be “alive” for me?
I’ve been thinking a lot about self care. I’m not sure where I am in my self-care journey since I’m still trying to figure out how to live in the “messy middle” of getting it right and just getting it done but but I have come to realize a few things about self-care….
Here we are, one month into 2019. One twelfth down, or 8.3%, eleven-twelfths left. I had posted about my goals for 2019 here and thought I could write an update every month to see how it’s going; that will also help keep me thinking about them. Here’s my 19 for 2019 list that is hanging on my fridge: