This is the time of year when folks tend to reflect on the events of the past year and make resolutions for the coming year. So I’ve spent a little time thinking about the last 12 months and the 12 before me.
2011 was, of course, a monumental life-changing year for me. After 26 years of practicing law, I retired just before my 51st birthday. While this had always been my plan, it wasn’t easy to do. I am naturally resistant to change and walking away from my law career at it’s peak is obviously a dramatic change. Some important events in my life over the previous few years, and a lot of soul searching, had started me on the path, but it might not have happened had we had not gone to the Wild Goose Festival. I was so inspired and awed there that I just couldn’t continue to live a life inconsistent with the values that I profess. So I took a mighty leap and am excited (even as I am nervous) to see where it goes from here.
Will has begun his final year of college. Peyton is a junior. Both are doing well and preparing to launch into a messed-up world. While I’m very happy for them, it’s sad for us too. Any parent will know what I mean.
Cherie will graduate with her masters this spring, on the very same day Will graduates college. I will graduate the following spring, at the same time Peyton graduates. I wonder what the demand will be then for ex-lawyer farmer-theologians?
My goals for 2012 include helping our farm help lots of folks eat healthy natural food. I intend to focus my work on the areas where I feel I am called. With God’s help, I will try to purge myself of bitterness and try to be constantly animated by love.
It’s going to be a good year.