Some things ventured . . .

In my July 10 sermon “Nothing Ventured . . .” I invited the congregation to write down one thing they would do toward fulfilling a long-held dream. I mentioned that intentions could be to do less, to heal yourself, to set on a new path, or any of an infinite array of possibilities. When I read them aloud a collective excitement built among the congregants. Here they are in random order:

  • Look at the stars at a very dark site here in TX
  • Relax, stop sweating the small stuff
  • Take more risks
  • Be more reflective
  • Nothing ventured, nothing gained–Shuttle Atlantis
  • Ministry in THIS CHURCH
  • Adopt child
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Finish the children’s book I’ve started
  • I want to start training for running a 5K race in November
  • Buy a Harley and ride it across the USA
  • Get ready for our 3 Denver grandchildren and ex-daughter-in-law who are coming soon
  • Retire and return to a life of the mind
  • Take a trip
  • Work in my shop in cool weather
  • Become more independent
  • Write poetry
  • Stop trying to control others
  • Retire, start new career growing butterflies
  • Travel and make new friends
  • Swim with dolphins = plan vacation!
  • Tell Kayla that I love her
  • Love myself fiercely
  • Backpack around the world
  • Publish more writing
  • More nothing but plenty of everything
  • Volunteer
  • Swim in spring water
  • Meditate every day
  • Figure out how to free myself from the slavery of possessions
  • I want to teach people to knit and crochet wherever I am

What do you need or long to do?
Would you do it if someone offered you $1,000?
Would you do it for yourself, for nothing?

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