Welcome 2008. I slept late this morning, the sun is almost up and I am still not dressed. I am enjoying my coffee and doing some blog reading though so I am not totally wasting my day. :) Before I get to today's announcement, let me tell you about last night. We got some fireworks and set them off in the front yard. My boys love them and they are legal in this state so not to worry. It was the last day of hunting season so the hunters were out in force. It was way past sundown and the hunters were looking for their dogs across from our house with loaded guns and whiskey on their breath. I think we might have disrupted their last chance to shoot a deer in the dark but then that is illegal anyway so I am not upset. When the first aerial bomb went off, trucks came screaming down the road toward us as the other hunters came to see what they got. OOPs sorry.
Ok here it is. After struggling with my 2008 resolution, it finally hit me. In my work, I write procedures to perform maintenance. Its funny, whenever something goes wrong on a job, it is usually because someone didn't follow the procedure or the instructions. I tell them: "Just follow the instructions written for you" If they had, chances are, things would have gone right. I put a lot of time in writing them and they are there to help and guide them through the job.
In my life, a lot of things are going wrong. Nothing big mind you, but little things that aggravate me and keep me on edge. There are people at work that are annoying, my weight problem, blood pressure due to weight, my health, loosing my temper over little things, etc etc. Then it hit me. I am not following the procedure. I have read it and used to know it quite well but to tell the truth, I have lost track of many things. Many of you blogger friends have reminded me of some things that I had forgotten. Thank you all. So in 2008, my goal is to read "The Bible" from cover to cover and not only that, memorize passages to strengthen me and improve my life.
That's it. I hope it was everything you imagined.
On a side note, I think I know which copy I will read. Years ago, I worked for a summer at a packing shed. On a slow day, the owner asked me to take some boxes of books to the dump for him and throw them away. Curiosity got the best of me and I glanced through the books before tossing them in the dumpster. First I found a "sailors companion" which was a book written in the 40's telling sailors about ports of call. It was quite rare. Next I found several navy books that I knew my son would love. There was one telling you what to expect on returning home from war and another on identifying enemy aircraft. I will share some of them one day. Finally deep down in the book was a Bible. I couldn't possibly throw these treasures away so I kept them.
Now let me tell you something about the owner of the packing shed. His wife's maiden name was Kennedy. She was somehow closely related to JFK. The Bible was originally given to one of the Kennedy's and had a name in it and the date. In several pages there were prayers that the owner was studding. Several were prayers devoted to JFK asking for strength and guidance for him as President. That tells you how old this copy is, I think it would be fitting that I read this copy. What do you think.