Anything but Routine

This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:16, 18-19

Here we are with a fresh new year in front of us, a year of hope and endless possibilities. Most of us are feeling pretty good after the holidays and will until some inevitable tweet gets us all riled again. Personally, I’m thinning out the Twitter feed just for that reason.

Many, if not most, of us are returning to work after a significant amount of time off. Thank you to those in law enforcement, emergency services, retail, and other jobs who didn’t get the time off, but were there if we needed you.

For the record, I was off from the day job, but not off from the other jobs. I just finished a six week run of evening performances at Kings Dominion. You’re sorry you missed us.

I’m heading back to the office today. I took a brief glance and I know that there are scores of emails waiting to be answered.

Lots of people are starting new diets and gym routines already. I’m slowly easing into those and I’ll be at them full swing by the time most of you have broken your first resolution.

I have a plan. I have goals for the year. I have systems for reaching those goals. One of those systems is to constantly reassess what is and isn’t working.

After the last two months (you should know the stories), going back to the routine will be somewhat comforting.

Sometimes the gray days of January can seem boring. I could use a little boring right now.

Life is never really boring, it’s never really routine.

But, until that first day that I have to scratch something off of the calendar only to be replaced with something else, I’m going to enjoy this a little.

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