It’s approaching a year since I started writing here at Times & Seasons, back on January 20th. That, combined with Christmas, house hunting, and the inexorable New Year, has me reflective. Where am I going, and how am I doing in getting thither?
I started my stint here writing about building Zion — specifically, how we can intentionally build communities that bring people together in ways that are rewarding for each member of the community. I wrote about communities and Zion through April, and thought that would be my ongoing theme. That hasn’t turned out to be the case. Since April, my writing has been approximately equally divided between posts on gender roles, complaints on specific church-related issues, and discussing my little theo-philosophical models. Not bad, but not remarkable. In a sense, I suppose those topics are the bloggernacle in a nutshell.
My life has paralleled that pattern. I’m a passionate dreamer. I love being involved in the arts and creative projects. I had always planned to live a simple life, one of thought, reflection, friendship, and few personal possessions. I’m inspired by sunrises, foggy evening, windswept hills, and starry nights; by Thoreau, Whitman (not Meg), John Dowland, and George Winston. I’m a good choreographer and composer, a passable dancer and musician. And somehow, in spite of that, I’ve come to a place where I’ve got an MBA and lots of student debt. I’m looking at purchasing a suburban home on a suburban street in suburban California. I’m working in an office as a computer programmer, hoping to move into marketing or some other business-related field. None of which was in my plan five years ago.
And so my resolution as a Times & Seasons blogger for the upcoming year is to come back to community, to Zion, and to connect with you. I hope to write more of my human self into my posts. And my parallel resolution for myself, as Dane, is to figure out how to make it so that in two or five or ten years I’m spending more time at the piano, gallery, and countryside, and less time at my computer. Fortunately (for me, at least) those two resolutions are complementary, and my hope is that the interplay between my writing and my living will enhance them both.