Looking ahead to a new year and asking that timeless question once again.
At the end of one year, on the cusp of the next, I find myself in the middle of some major life transitions — getting divorced, becoming tri-(quad-?)-vocational, etc. — and it’s just a time for introspection in general, right? Looking back, looking forward, reflecting on all that’s been, wondering about what the future holds.
My friend Rachelle Mee-Chapman likes to quote the Mary Oliver poem “The summer day,” which ends by asking — and this is a fantastic question to reflect on regularly, but especially at this time of the changing year:
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
I’ve been contemplating a similar question lately. It’s the same notion just set to slightly different words. They come from the title track to Dan Wilson’s first solo album Free Life (2007):
And in the air the questions hang
Will we get to do something?
Who we gonna end up being?
How we gonna end up feeling?
What you gonna spend your free life on?
Thanks to Kimberly Roth for reminding me of this beautiful song.
So what will I spend my life on in 2013 (G-d willing)?
The way of Jesus.
Work that matters.
What are you going to spend your one wild, precious, free life on?