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It has been a while since I blogged. I said it would be different this time. I wouldn’t go into an exodus after getting a blog off the ground.

I often blame work, and the other responsibilities that I have on a daily basis. Add a 1-year old to the mix, and well, free time is at a minimum. Then, when that available time does arrive, I am not always in the mood to write or to reflect.

To be perfectly honest, there is another reason. Writing makes me vulnerable. It requires honesty, and transparency. In simple terms, it takes a lot of work and energy.

But, it is necessary work. As a writer, I can create. When I do not create, I feel less than myself.  I am down and out. So, as a result, writing, as hard as it can be, must be a priority.

Yesterday, in teaching my freshmen seminar, we discussed legacy. The context was a two-part lecture. Last week, we looked at homelessness in New York City. The last time it was this bad….the Great Depression. You can read more about this here.

Yesterday, we looked at Dorothy Day. The founder of the Catholic Worker newspaper and movement. Dorothy’s legacy includes responding to the poverty she experienced in New York City during the Great Depression. She was a college student, who felt the call to leave her desk to advocate for peace, and to make a difference in the world.

I asked my students, and myself, what will history say about us 100 years from now? How will we respond to the great poverties or injustices of our time? Will we be like Dorothy Day, using our gifts and talents? Or will we be one of the soldiers in line, faithful to society’s narrative that focuses mostly on number one?

So I return to where I started. One of my gifts, is to write. This blog is an opportunity to challenge my readers and myself to reach a new spiritual level, to connect greater with one another, and to be the best version of ourselves.

While the to-do list is long, one must prioritize. Yes, there are many important things to do in a  day, and writing, for me, must be one of them.

I again invite you to join me in this blog to grow together, and in return, we challenge one another to be the best version of ourselves, not for ourself, but for the community in which we belong.