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1. I’ve been working on a lot of projects lately. These include learning Hindi, cosmology, running, difficult pilates moves, life insurance, psychology, nutrition, sustainable living and being more open with people. This has made it easier to not think about him.
2. It’s been almost two months since I last saw Sal Paradise face-to-face. He’s been updating his Facebook page a lot this month, and so I’ve seen a lot of him in the virtual world. It’s not quite soccer season yet, so our paths have yet to cross again. I’ve been just fine with that. His mum and grandma moved away from my Hall and serve with his older brother now. I miss seeing and talking to them, but I do not miss feeling the shadow of Sal in the room whenever I’m at the meeting. This month is the first month in a long time (if ever) I feel settled in my heart about singleness. Although I’m still open to a relationship, this is the first time in my life I do not mind not being in one.
3. I’ve got four or five trips scheduled within in the next three months. There’s the trip I’m supposed to take with my bosses to Atlanta late April. In May, they may take Abigail and I down to North Carolina with them as well. I’d like to visit Chicago and Toronto via Amtrak before the summer is over. Brianna and I are supposed to drive to New York for three or four days in May. And, if the “I sell insurance” thing goes super well, I want to take a cross-country roadtrip that circles both coasts. I have not a scrap of ennui or angst left. The spaces inside usually reserved for these things are filled up with anticipation instead.
4. Exercising has been my joy. I go lift weights 5 days a week, and I will start running every day as well. I want to be ready for a marathon that takes place here in October. I do a lot of pilates now, and I’m still dancing (I cannot bear not one more night on the elliptical). Diet has been hit-or-miss, but it’s still getting better. I’ve been sleeping enough for the first time in ages. I feel great.
5. I’ve been enjoying spending my days off out in field service with the friends too. We’re inviting people to commerate Jesus’ death with us 5 April, so I’ve been out preaching more often. Tonight the meeting was about time-management and learning how to “make sure of the more important things” (Philippians 1:10) in our lives. Considering how packed my days and nights are, I needed that talk so desperately. Tonight they announced also that they’re forming a new Mandarin Chinese congregation, and they’d like volunteers to learn the language. I might do it, if I don’t end up at Spanish first. I find spring rejuvenating spiritually. We contemplate what Jesus’ death meant for mankind, go out and meet people who are also thinking about Jesus, and realign ourselves spiritually for the year. As you can see, I’ve got a very full plate. Why? Because I’m learning the fine balancing act of “moving on”.