So, here we are, half way through the year; nine-and-a-half years past the day year which was supposed to end civilization as we know it -- you do remember Y2K? As I understand it the next unofficial end-of-time date is in December 2012. I'll keep you posted.
Ever wonder why newspaper editors don't run page one spreads on "biggest local stories of the half-year"?
Anyhow, seems like a good time to do a couple of things.
First, backup all the (actually quite worthless) stuff on my computer. You do that, too, right? Like people, computers always die at the most inconvenient moment. Who knows, after my hard drive is dead and gone there may actually be something I've written, pictures saved, or who knows what which might be needed.
Second, it's time to review my personal goals (often confused with "New Years Resolutions") for 2009.
Perhaps not put in writing, I was really hoping this would be the year I stayed out of hospitals. As one doctor put it, with my history I could get a night in any hospital in the country anytime I wanted it. Thing is, I really do hate staying in hospitals. So, to reach my goal of not being hospitalized as often, I've changed the rules by which I count "stays." I am no longer counting same-day out-patient procedures, ER trips, or overnight "observation" as a hospital stay. By this reckoning I still have only one hospitalization this year.
In my blog of Jan. 1, I committed to a read the Bible through in one year program. Happy to say I've been keeping up with this. I chose to use the outline provided in the Our Daily Bread publication. These devotionals are available in many churches. I got my first one, would you believe, from a hospital chaplain.
The last of my goals has actually been completed -- reading Sir Winston Churchill's memoirs of World War II. This consists of six volumes of two books each, about 750 pages per volume. To be honest, the first three volumes were read in 2008.
As previously stated, it is probably not true that everyone should read this work; but if you did you'd get some microscopic insight into how omnipresent God is in keeping track of all that is going on in the world. Much of Churchill's work is tedious reprinting of letters and documents, and a good deal of what he faced is now irrelevant. But, if there could be an abridged version out there it would be well worth putting it into your next year's personal goals.
When I graduated high school my mother told me something which, being young, I did not really appreciate. But, I've never forgotten it, and found more truth in it every year that has passed since: "Once you finish school each year will seem to have one less day."
By my calculations 365 days passing by at warp speed now seem to take about 318 days to complete. Just in case your 2009 finishes before mine, Happy New Year!
David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.