The 180 & 365

UPDATED ~ November 19, 2021 – Begun on May 24, 2021, the 180 is officially done. I did not come close to meeting my challenge, but I did make progress and I did gain insights. Re-reading the last paragraph in my original post as I began the challenge is actually inspirational to me at this moment. I am flooded with memories and sensations of decades ago, when I charted a course and followed it. I see myself, sitting down in the evening, practicing calligraphy and attending classes. I had a two year old and I was six months pregnant with my second.

What LIFE has worn away from Life on Life’s Terms – and the wearing away is not limited to the pandemic and politics, but including general living and the wear and tear that follows meeting those challenges, disappointments and outright tragedies – is HOPE and PROMISE. But, I don’t believe that it has to stay that way. We humans are made to be able to carry sorrow and joy, hope and disappointment at the same time.

“To make bread or love, to dig in the earth, to feed an animal
or cook for a stranger—these activities require
no extensive commentary, no lucid theology.

All they require is someone willing to bend, reach, chop, stir.
Most of these tasks are so full of pleasure that there is
no need to complicate things by calling them holy.

And yet these are the same activities that change lives,
sometimes all at once and sometimes more slowly,
the way dripping water changes stone.

In a world where faith is often construed as a way of thinking,
bodily practices remind the willing that
faith is a way of life.”

 Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, xvi.

Life is “dripping water changes stone”

July 8, 2021

I decided to write a daily post regarding two challenges I have made for myself and then remove the previous day’s post when I post the present day’s. That little action has made this, somehow for me, more fun. I intend to re-post then all at journey’s end. We shall see.

The 365 Challenge is straightforward and easy enough to measure. It is no TV / Movies for a year and I began it, surprisingly almost effortlessly, on March 9, 2021 . The 180 Challenge came to be after I had been 77 days into the 365 Challenge.

The 180 Challenge is based on Ruth Chang’s Ted Talk on Hard Choices which is definitely worth watching, once, twice, or thrice . . . I thought rather than choose, why not choose for six months to live this way or that.  I resurrected an old, but still very current, heart’s desire and committed myself to six months of living in the way I would if it had already been achieved.  It is as complicated to incorporate as the 365 Challenge is straightforward and simple.