In the old days when I was a normal, productive part of the workforce, I'd get given projects to do by my bosses, or draw up big lists of things I wanted to do for myself, and hey presto, that's the stuff I'd work on.
Then came my enforced eight year 'sabbatical' when I spent a lot of time sitting on my couch, waiting for God to give me the greenlight to do something else, or try something new, and all my lists went out the window.
Lists are great when you can actually tick stuff off on them. When you can't, they're like huge testaments to how rubbish you really are, and how little you can really achieve.
A few months' back, just after Chanuka, I finally got the heavenly greenlight to get on with some stuff, and this website, and a few dozen other things, came into being as a result.
But this time round, it's really not me who's running the show, and deciding what I'm going to do when, and how. It's God. So it was that last Wednesday, out of the blue, I suddenly got this bee in my bonnet about fancying up the JEMI website a little bit.
Sure, it was on my mental list, but I wasn't planning to get around to it for at least another month. But God had other plans, and all morning Wednesday, I was cutting and pasting icons, and working out how to make jpeg files on Powerpoint, and fiddling around with the new slideshow widget that suddenly popped up out of nowhere.
The modest result is the new JEMI Homepage, plus a few other snazzy things including a separate tab for eBooks. If the mood moves you, please take a look.
I've tried to make it much easier and cleaner to see what's going on, and much less wordy (even for a writer like me, I can really appreciate that sometimes less is really more.)
I have other plans on the backburner to start re-organising the Knowledge Base next, along body, mind and soul lines, but as far as I know, that's a few weeks' away. (Or, it could be tomorrow, who knows…)
Life is for sure a whole lot more unpredictable and exciting when you chuck out your plans for 'what to do next', and do your best to listen to the guidance coming down the spiritual pipes from Upstairs.
That said, there are some small drawbacks: For example, I'm still waiting to get the nudge to clean my windows, but so far, it's been pretty slow in coming.