I'm very excited to again this week join a talented group of women who connect each Friday in an online, unedited flash mob free-write based on a one-word prompt from our fearless leader Kate Motaung. My timer is set for 5 minutes; let's see where the word "where" takes me.
Isn't it amazing how our perspective of a word changes over time or circumstance?
For the first 47 years of my life, if I thought about the word "where", it was in terms of where I was going.
In the past 13 years, it has been more a question of where I am.
So where am I today, on February 1, 2019?
Where am I physically? Am I where I want to be? The answer is "not really". Due to neighbor and neighborhood concerns, I moved from my baby-bear house that was just the right size both in space and in monthly payment. My new house is in a much-safer neighborhood, but it comes with a larger monthly house payment and more space than I want and need.
I also have 24 years worth of photos and memorabilia to digitalize and scrapbook; those boxes sitting in my spare bedroom are a constant physical reminder that, as my dad would say when I was procrastinating, I need to "hop to it" and get to work.
I'm pretty healthy, at least according to my last physical, but I need to tone up and exercise more regularly.
Where am I in regards to relationships? A few weeks before Christmas, I was introduced to a wonderful group of ladies at the church I've been visiting. These ladies immediately welcomed me into their group and have included me in a variety of activities since then. On the other hand, a once-very-strong, enduring relationship that became strained a few years ago remains awkward.
Where am I financially? Not where I'd like to be, now that I bought a larger home. But I refuse to stress about that. Instead, I am focused on being financially responsible, trusting God to know what I need and to provide.
Where am I vocationally? I retired in May, and I'm committed to establishing a source of income to augment my retirement income every month.
Where am I spiritually? I'm growing and changing. I can see that. But I still have such a long, long way to go.
So where am I?
I'm in a place of growth and change and, hopefully, progress.