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My Own Year in Review

Posted Monday, January 3, 2011, at 12:57 PM

It seems like everyone has a list in order to review the last year. So, here's my own version of such.

2010's favorite read? Jodi Picoult's "Change of Heart." A Sunday school class I attend decided to try something different for four months; each person contributed a title and author and we discussed these works through a religious lens. An eighty year old woman recommended this novel by an author brand new to me!

You won't be able to put it down.

2010's favorite book title? "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer." I've not read this work so I can't recommend it to you. I first saw it in our local Wal-Mart.

The title just slays me. It is obviously a work of fiction that comes out of this present day fascination with all things vampire oriented (Twilight, TruBlood, etc). The title never fails to cause me to laugh even in the worst of moods.

2010's strangest experience? One morning this fall I slept in late, thankfully. Taking my shower around 10am I started smelling the foulest odor.

Realizing something was wrong I turned off the water and opened my shower door to find myself being baptized from a waterfall coming out of the toilet. Water was everywhere and, needless to say, wasn't drinkable.

That waterfall continued for minutes before finally dying out. I was lucky in that I was able to immediately clean the floors and walls in both bathrooms in the house. Nothing was ruined or damaged and the local water department told me that I wasn't the only person complaining about that having happened.

Needless to say I now always leave the toilet lid closed and still dream about this happening again. (Wonder if I could sue someone for the trauma inflicted upon me?)

2010's angriest moment? I took a spiritual vow at the beginning of 2010 that I wouldn't get angry. I have weathered through quite a number of storms this year and can only remember three times when I did get angry over the year.

The worse was in regards to something that happened a week after my mother's death in September. Arriving in the mail was a postcard from a tombstone company located in northern Indiana. It read something like "we know you've just experienced a loss; if we can be of any service to you, please contact us at ..."

To place this in context let me explain that my mother died in southern Indiana and was buried in western Kentucky. I'd never heard of this tombstone company in northern Indiana nor been in any contact with them. And it was the most heartless thing to receive so soon after her death.

While I've heard of stereotypes and jokes about lawyers chasing ambulances, this was my first experience of such an unprofessional act. Even as I write this my blood is beginning to boil!

Are there other items I might list in regards to reviewing 2010? Sure there are! I might include things that went wrong and people who caused me pain. I might include things that went right and people who helped that process to happen. These, however, seem to be the four that are in balance with one another: a good read, a delightfully silly book title, a strange but funny experience you'd have to experience to believe, a spiritual goal that I failed.

A well lived life is one of balance. As you review your journey of the last calendar year I hope that you will also put things in balance.

Sometimes we obsess over the negative or even the positive. Sometimes we forget that this journey on earth is a school for learning and that life will bring us experiences to help us in "our lessons."

As long as we're still alive we're not finished with the opportunities that are ours to use.

And if you are reading this you have an abundance of opportunities before you.

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P.T. Wilson is the senior pastor at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, Greencastle, and is also the University Chaplain at DePauw University.
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