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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Christmas 1/23/10

  Upon reflection it is accurate to say that my first term teaching in Doha passed by quickly. 
Christmas has passed with the same quickness and and I find myself  in the new year and beginning my 4th week of term two. 
  The moment when the days and moments become repetitive and mundane due to lack of diversion and numbness to the routine, my desire is to make the best of it.  I do this in creating small tasks and routine within these moments and days. The transition from college life has also been quick and quite interesting. It has also spurred a tendency within myself to continually plan travels and seek other jobs for the future. A perpetual seeking. I wonder at times where this will take me.
  In this wonder I find myself missing the current and present moments. I genuinely try to focus on my teaching and not get caught up in plans for the future and my upcoming travels. I want to give my all in my work and make PE a great 1 hour and 45 minutes for all 8 classes i have a week. Again, I wonder where this continuous tension will lead me, because I feel it is leading me.

  One of this previous planned travels was realized recently. It was spent in Hyderabad, India, Pune, India, and Ahmednagar, India. What a blessing, to go and see one of my dearest friends in such a uniquely and beautifully particular part of the world. Nothing like anything in the West, despite a few Occidental companies and English influences. It was nice to spend some time with other fellow Americans during Christmas. It was hard to avoid spiritual growth and refreshment in my personal journey in such a spiritually rich country. Furthermore, the group of people I spent most of my time with put their whole beings into their spiritual life. It was a much needed break from my current desert disposition in Doha. 

Here are some photographs from my trip.

Some of Nathan's team members in India. Ray, Christina, Meghan, and Lauren.





Nathan and I


Christmas Celebration





  The photographs above depict my time in India and Christmas, great moments and great individuals. Such a beautiful time of fellowship and reflection on life, its purpose, what that means and the diversity of our earth in the midst of a culture so different. It was difficult to come back to Doha. However, I know my place must be the here & now. The Mystery has me here, with every breath and moment. As I enter into the 4th week of term 2, I keep my focus on the Mystery and its Salvation.

Psalm 139:9-10

"If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast."



Wednesday, January 13, 2010

1/13/10


Interesting points in a life
Have a job.
Have a place to sleep, or lay and rest
at night.
           A place to cook my foods.
           A place to clean myselves.
           A place to collect my things.

I am able to buy material things.
I am able to save money.
I do not feel content.
Patiently waiting for the Mystery to let me know what is next.
I worry that I may be missing the Mystery at hand,
the Mystery is strong in Doha.