Wow, that is way too long! My previous post is too much stuff. I don't even want to look at it. I think I'll just stick to a short paragraph.
Today, I want to wean down my options for the year... see what is really worth focusing on and sticking to it. I might as well put all my thoughts on here and start weaning it down. It's okay if I don't do everything. it may take a few years to do this... but that is okay!
Areas of focus:
Exercise: calisthenics and jogging (Prep for Navy) something daily and eat small meals every three hours.
Relationships (wife, kids, community, my brothers):
turning off distractions when I'm around my kids and wife (turn off bluetooth--don't listen to a book and tune out your family!, turn the phone off while at home as much as possible,being fully present in conversation and listening to people, love=attentiveness.Help with chores around the house with joy.Take girls on "dates" monthly.Take my wife on real dates once a month (dinner, hike, movie, play, symphony, museum, etc.),get away with my wife at least once this year for a long weekend without kids at a nice resort or something (make sure it isn't a "pastor and wife retreat" because we end up having to spend lots of time with other people instead of each other. Family: Take advantage of "free" Tucson Symphony Orchestra tickets due to Lily taking lessons with a violist from the symphony,Brothers: Hikes with my brothers while we talk about being men and literature.Volunteer: continue in community leadership councils and volunteering at the elementary school to develop friendships in the community.
Reading: Listening to great works of fiction (Audible) (listen to at least 12 books), work through reading list for 2017:
Ancient Greek Lit, Great works of Western Civilization (from Wes Callihan).Greeks
: The Iliad
, The Odyssey.
Drama and Lyric:
Book Reader: Aeschyls, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Eurpipides, Sappho, Pindar, Theocritus, Hesiod, Quintus of Smyrna, Apollonius of Rhodes.
The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories,
The Landmark Thucydides,
Xenophon: The Persian Expedition.
Plato: Six Greek Dialogues,
The Basic Works of Aristotle.
Recommended Additional Reading:
The Homeric Hymns,
Expanded to full texts by the drama and lyric poets.
Euclid Elements. (Might want to purchase Wes Callihan's Greeks teaching series to be a guide through these texts).Works on Pastoral Identity (continue working through Eugene Peterson works). Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work. Wendell Berry, ... (3 works for the year)Year of Biblical Literacy Prep (2018 for church) http://bible.realitysf.com/resources Eat This Book, ... (5 works for the year)Modern works: Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth by A. O. Scott; The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt; How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World by Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson; Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari; The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead; Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance; A Jesuit Off Broadway: Behind the Scenes with Faith, Doubt, Forgiveness, and more by James Martin SJ and Stephen Adly Guirgis. (7 works)Devotional Work: read through Bible this year, St. Gregory of Tours Lives of the Fathers, prayer through Psalms, scripture memoryPoetry: memorize a few classic poems, start with "If" by Kipling. (4 poems memorized for the year. try listening to them at least once a day.Memory: Memorize the New Testament in five years (big hairy goal: four verses a day with review, one hour of time a day, make use of "off" times). a few poems too.
Language Study: Ancient Greek (Pharr book on Homeric Greek, a few lessons a week, ,much is helpful review at this point.), Spanish (not sure how to do this), Latin (to prepare to teach my children in a few years), Hebrew
Groups of other men (learning communities): Charlotte Mason Idyll Challenge, Journaling on gamequitters and reading other people's journeys, The Edge, Wheaton College Group, Drexel Heights Pastor Group,
How to do this: One thing that isn't working out of late is waking up and reading for long enough in the mornings. I need to get up early enough to exercise and do my devotions. But, I need to set aside a few hour segment most days of the week to get away from everyone else and just read. There is a separate building at the church that no one goes to that has a nice leather couch in it. I will try to get away over there for a few hours a day to read.
Say "no" to most all other things that might try to get my attention. Unless of course they are more important than the current task.
Not watching TV, not playing video games, not playing chess.com, and being intentional should go a long way!
I'll keep track of "how many" hours I've taken to read and therefore how many books I've read through in the weeks, months, and years just to start keeping myself accountable and compete with myself a bit on this. Should be fun! Let's see what this new year holds.