I’ve written my daily ‘Malcolm’s Musings’ for a year. It seems a good time to review…
I retired from teaching in 2008, grateful that I was still (relatively!) fit. There were problems and challenges at home and church but life was good.
I took on additional responsibilities in church, studied (MTh in Applied Theology) and developed other interests.
In 2016 I stepped down from church leadership. It was the right thing to do. A number of friends were going through tough times and seeking strength, support and direction. I had time, questions, and uncertainty.
For many years I had led school and church, institutions that I was passionately committed to. I had sought to speak and act representing the their best interests. Now it was just me. With the help of a number of kind and trusted friends I reviewed my life…
What emerged and developed includes…
People: With the extra time and availability I meet more people for coffee, for a pint. We talk about health, faith, addictions, depression, hopes, plans, family, frustrations – ordinary every day stuff, but meaningful conversations.
Practices: My life is deeply rooted in my faith, but I need routines in my life… I read a few chapters of the Bible each day so that I read all of the Bible each year; I keep a prayer diary; I enjoy my Saturday morning prayer walk; I have my daily gratitude book…
Positivity: Each day is a gift from God. I seek to engage with it, be grateful for it and focus on what is good. Bad things happen, I make mistakes, I’m a disappointment to myself and others, but each day has exciting undiscovered opportunities.
A year ago, as meetings for coffee and beer dried up I looked for a new positive way to reflect on and share my life and faith. Encouraged by one or two close friends, on April 11 2020 Malcolm’s Musings started…
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Your musings are a blessing to many, us included. Many thanks. Lyn and Martin
Thank you both. I didn’t think a year ago that they would become such a regular feature of my life!
Well done for keeping up with these musings for a whole year!! Outstanding! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Nigel, for your continuing encouragements
Thank you Malcolm, for sharing your musings. as a relatively new comer to then, just the last couple of months, they have have been a great blessing, diverse, sensible, grounded and challenging. please don’t stop – yet. Christine
Thanks very much Christine. That’s very kind.
I’m always happy to discuss….
Many Thanks Malcolm for your daily musing. Have found them interesting, thoughtful, and encouraging. Also learning about people I knew nothing, or very little about, I have enjoyed as well. Looking forward to that coffee when able. Hopefully before I retire again !!!! in July.
I look forward to it too