My one word for 2015 is discipline, principally because at its root is the word disciple. I think discipline is discipleship in action and requires only that I apply myself with purpose to what is already manifest in my life. I am a disciple to God in Christ (a practitioner of the Gospels), a disciple to the earth (with its ecosystems, plants, animals, lakes, shorelines, mountains – all of it calling me now to postulance), a disciple to my vocation as a father to three girls (the whole joy-bringing, tear-making, self-doubting, grace-filled mess of it), a disciple to my business (I’m a poet trying to be an accountant – nuff said), a disciple to my house and personal garden (which requires attentiveness and experiential knowledge of it’s own small ecosystem), a disciple to my sport (the physical fulcrum for my psychology and spirituality), a disciple to my my next book (which requires deep listening, self correction, and a profound personal commitment well beyond the actual writing of it), and a disciple to all beautiful things in life which glint and glimmer everywhere before me like the shells and sea-smooth glass pebbles do on a sunny shoreline. All this discipline will only make me stronger and a better man, father, and friend.
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