As we start into 2018, I find myself looking back at 2017 wondering how I ever made it through the year. From being super busy at work all spring and summer, Lyme's disease putting my wife and I down for 2 1/2 months, and dealing with a very significant illness with one of my kids, it seems like just when life is harder than it's ever been, something else happens. I'm sure you all have your own story like this.
Two things personal struggle can precipitate are pause and reflection. This year, I'm going to try to put these two things to work in my life by starting a personal journal. I have never done this before, but I found some good resources to assist me in this. Ends up one of our Founding Fathers wrote personal journals and really put some thought into it. Finding this, I decided to follow his example. Not just jotting down my thoughts, but using the methods of reflection and examination Benjamin Franklin exampled in his 13 virtues journal. So far, it's not yet habitual for me, but it certainly has been helpful.
What would I like to take away from this? I am broken and emotionally damaged from events in my life, and especially from serving others as a good cop. Now that I am done with that season of my life, I need healing and rebuilding in my mind and emotions. For my wife, for my family, and by God's grace, I am going to start this new year working to become a better man.
Check out The Art of Manliness for more info on Benjamin Franklin's 13 Virtues journal.