When I’m Sixty-Four

When I began to do the Front Porch in earnest, I was about 53. Now I’m 64. 64 is an auspicious number, even before the Beatles made it so famous: it’s the square of 8, the cube of 4 and the sixth power of 2; it’s the total number of squares on a chessboard.

The normal age for retirement in Texas is 65. So I’m on a cusp of sorts. I don’t know about the retirement part, but I’m excited about getting older–even as I’m aware that there is a lot more sand at the bottom of my hourglass than at the top. Life is palpably more precious now. And there is more rank gratitude.

At the start of a new year and new decade, I’ve been musing about the life I’ve lived for the past 11 years, ever since we began hosting Front Porch events and building the Front Porch community. On reflection, I’m astonished by all the amazing people in Austin that I’ve had the chance to meet and know and collaborate with on the porch! And we’ve done some very cool things–week in, week out; year in and year out.

Now, as I contemplate the future of The Front Porch, I’m going to embark on a new experiment. First, starting with the Feast of Epiphany on January 6th, I’m going on a fast of sorts: no alcohol, no sugar, and few carbs until Easter. During that time, I’ll be resetting my intentions, keeping a journal, and reading deeply. Mostly, I’ll be opening myself up to the Spirit, waiting on God. That’s the experiment.

Of course I’ll also be doing other things…helping at All Saints’ and Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT). And I’ll be keeping my ears to the railroad, listening for the next assignment on The Front Porch.

Stephen W. Kinney, Executive Director of The Front Porch

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