Trying out the Write word-processing software from the OpenOffice 1.1 suite (on Linux, of course). It compares quite favourably with Microsoft Word in its functionality. I decided that if I was to write something it'd better be something more meaningful than several iterations of "the quick brown fox leaped over the sleeping dog", so I wrote a sort of taking-stock:
It has been a long, long time since I updated my personal mission statement, and part of me feels that I should rip it up and restart from scratch. I feel I have been wandering for the past decade, and that I have been especially aimless this last thirteen months. I've gained a lot of insight about myself, necessary insight for me to take the time to ponder and incorporate, but still it's time to move forward.Oh yes, and I also need to restrain my overwhelming urge to bitch-slap religious fundamentalists of all flavours. I don't want to become the same as the people I dislike, now do I?
I do know what three areas I have to focus on, and unsurprisingly, all three areas are interrelated.
Motivation: Giving up the foundational people-pleasing motivation I learned as a child has been difficult, and I have often failed to get rid of it completely. But now I face a new challenge: replacing a failed externally-oriented motivation with one that is generated from within.
Self-Discipline: My childish willfulness and impulsiveness have clearly impaired my ability to accomplish tasks both at home and at work. I need to better distinguish between what I want to do, and what I need to do. Of particular importance here is my physical self-care.
Spirituality: I have now been “between churches” for 18 months, and I know that I have neglected to feed my soul. I have to stop ignoring the resources I already have, and I need to investigate and research other ways and means to reignite my connection to the numinous.
Oh God, I have so much left to do, and I'm already feeling creaky in the knees.