Greetings people out there people in the Interweb!!!
is embarrassing...I blinked and suddenly its 2013!! March no less,
divided into two main challenges at the moment...
1) figure out life/ jobs
Whilst in many
ways my job is brilliant (it pays me every month without fail) It has the
downside of expecting me to turn up every day and pledge most of my life to
boring activities involving the computer and the telephone.
Thus I have
concluded that there is more to life than money every month, so I have applied
to study the newly named Early years teacher qualification.
trying to figure out how long i'll be able to bear the current job for!! The
sliver lining to the corporate world is the people I share a 'pod' with, we
chuck sweets over the dividers and its a really generous and kind culture which
is pretty amazing really.
I have also just joined Incubate, an idea being pioneered by a friend. Its a collective of people who like me are unsure what to do. We are committing look at our passions and dreams to find out whether we can make money from them. Its a brilliant idea and promises to be both creative and challenging.
life in my
Oikos (Greek for family) continues on wonderfully, we had a period of fasting
recently, similar to Ramadan so we only ate in the night time for 3 weeks, it
was amazing and you'd be surprised how quickly you learn to go without lunch!!!
Makes me wonder why we eat so much when we can survive on less,
Some of the
guys participated in a Fear fast, challenging themselves to do scary
things everyday culminating in sharing the gospel before a showing of the
beautiful and redemption filled Les Miserables.
We are moving
into a more missional phase of community living, starting to have Bring and
shares rather than sit down meals as we're getting too big for our ovens.
Hoping this will allow more space for growth! We've been reading a Neil Cole
book called 'Organic Church' which talks about planting churches in coffee
shops and learning to let go of the church building as a way of reproducing
church quickly and effectively, An interesting idea in our predominantly Muslim
community i'll let you know how it goes!!
And I think
I'll finish with some Rumi for your delectation, saw this on a blog
recently and loved it...
“The Guest House” by Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)