2018 Messages from the President

January 18:  When we feel surrounded by turmoil and unrest and face our own personal challenges, I hope these words will hearten you. I received them today from a dear relative far away. John has been experiencing personal loss this year and was commemorating it. His gratitude and strength continue to amaze me. These words he shared from Christopher Robin (of Winnie the Pooh) encouraged me, and I hope they will do the same for you. When you feel helpless and small, remember, “You are braver than you believe; you are stronger than you seem, and you are smarter than you think.” Peace be with you. Jennifer

January 11:

Talk of planning has surrounded me lately. Perhaps it’s just a New Year’s subject, or maybe it’s because we begin with the date 01/01 – a clean slate; whatever it is, it’s making an impression. Even my daughter made a resolution for the two of us. “Mom,” she said, “my friend shared a neat idea with me. I think we should do it.” That idea involved creating a Bullet Journal (bujo, for short). The journal is not lined; instead it has grids or dots. Neither of us knew where to begin, so we consulted YouTube Videos which gave tons of quick tutorials. In a nutshell, it’s a way of organizing any or all aspects of one’s life in a short-note journal, but it draws on one’s creative urges to format it. As a result, making the planner is very therapeutic. Artistic skills are not required rather follow your own style.

So coming home from her house, I bought a grid journal on impulse. Then, this short Ice Age descended upon us which proved to be a fertile womb of creativity for developing my bujo. Calendars with events were drawn, an index was constructed, goals were listed, and habits were monitored. It became evident just how many items one could record and follow.

After some reflection on the infant journal, my mind drifted to further development of UUFB as a fellowship. There are many aspects to consider. We need to set goals, to gather information and to study to create a good foundational plan for our future. A timeline will be needed; while skills, income and expenses must be considered. Hey, I wonder how we start a bujo for an institution.

(In other news, this week our first meeting of the 2018 UUFB Board will be Tuesday, Jan. 9. A new day will be selected for our meetings as conflicts have arisen with our monthly secondThursday routine. I will notify you of the new schedule in a future article.)

In friendship,

Jennifer

Dec. 24, 2017

Here We Go Again

Once again, we are on the precipice of a new year; the cloud of unknowing obscures the view. So, I resort to the internet for words of inspiration, enlightenment and motivation. I look for something I’ve never known before, a fresh idea or viewpoint or a voice I’ve not heard. The New Year is a point when we can re-imagine life begins anew. I was not disappointed with my research.

As I get older, I sometimes expect less from the coming year and feel I have less to give. Yet, the year starts with a flurry, and I’m caught in the activity of it. One way to face this time of shortsightedness is to adopt the idea of Alan Kay, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Decide for yourself what will come to pass then see that it does.

Or borrow the resolve of Helen Keller informing us:”Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” We can address things with a positive attitude that gives us the wherewithal to face challenges.

The quote that appeals most to me is a little different though. It comes from Neil Gaiman who says, “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.”

What do you think? Perhaps we’re inventing the future here.

In friendship,

Jennifer