1) I lost my job in September, and there is a good chance that I will start a new job in the next month or so. If that happens, I will need to relocate - and spend a lot of time at first getting acclimated to everything.
2) Even more importantly, after a lot of thought, I have made a New Year's resolution to provide more service in the physical, non-LDS community around me to those who need it the most. The only way I can do that is to cut back on the time I spend here. I've always considered the time I spend here as pure, unconditional service (since I don't get any compensation other than what I feel - which is wonderful compensation) to those within the LDS community who need it the most, and I love it immeasurably, but it has meant that I spend many of my evenings and nights at home - not available in the community.
In many ways, participating here has allowed me to serve while staying in my comfort zone. It's been wonderful, but, in a way, it's been relatively easy. (No, it isn't easy - not at all, but I hope you understand what I mean.) I have been serving with my heart and with my mind, if you will, but not with my hands - and I have felt compelled over the last few months to take a step outside that comfort zone and start serving more with my hands.
I have loved the time I have spent here for the last four years, and I wouldn't trade one minute of it for anything. As a result of my time here, I have come to understand a little better the statement:
The whole need not a physician, but the sick.
I hope everyone understands what I mean by quoting that verse in this context, and I hope you all understand that I will continue to check in and comment / moderate regularly, but I've felt strongly that I need to balance out my efforts a bit and provide my children, especially, an example of how they can make the world a better place at the most basic, fundamental level. They are aware of and appreciate what I do here, but they need more than just that vision of me - and I need more, as well.
I don't know yet exactly how that will work, since I haven't decided yet exactly who to serve and how to do so, but I am resolved to find a way to do so.
Thank you, each and every one of you (those who comment actively, occasionally or never), for enriching my life for the past four years. I look forward to that continuing as long as possible, but I also look forward to making more of a difference in the future than I have in the past in the traditional, physical world.