Share Four Somethings—April 2022
—Grace & Truth Linkup

Near the end of each month I share four somethings with others at Heather’s.

The four categories are:

  • something loved,
  • something gleaned,
  • something braved (OR something saved), and
  • something achieved. 

Plus here’s my latest One Second Everyday monthly video . . . 

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Something Loved

  • INSTAGRAM “FOLLOWING” OPTION 

I’m so glad Instagram recently added the option of choosing a chronological feed for accounts I follow instead of the default Home feed based on algorithms.

I also no longer have to see ads or recommended accounts. For now anyway. Yay!

Read more about it here.

This is how I want all my social media feeds to work. I have Facebook set to “Most Recent” and Twitter set to “Latest Tweets.”

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Something Gleaned 

  • LEARN FROM YOUR REGRETS

Daniel Pink is one of my favorite authors. His latest book is another winner, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward.

The Power of Regret

Are your regrets more about things you didn’t do but wish you had, or about things you did do that you wish you hadn’t?

Pink says inaction regrets outnumber action regrets by nearly two to one.

To “ease the sting” of a regret, he suggests you switch from thoughts of “If only” to “At least” (especially for action regrets). Fascinating book!

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Something Braved

  • AN ONLINE COACH 

I’ve found counselors to be a big help through rough patches in various seasons of my life. But it’s always hard for me to take the initiative to find the right counselor, make an appointment, and go to the first visit.

This week I scheduled a free 15-minute informational session with an online coach who is an expert on my current dilemma.

And I’m so glad I did. We really clicked and have already had a great first session, which was so helpful.

Doing brave things doesn’t come naturally to me. I hope pushing through my discomfort will pay off in the long run.

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Something Achieved

  • FINISHING 30 DAYS OF YOGA

One of my intentions during the 40 days of Lent this year was to set aside 30 minutes a day (on most days, not all) for a 30-day yoga practice. And I completed it! The series focused on breath, which was perfect for connecting me with God and with my body.

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Regardless of which season you’re in, these 5 reminders of hope will bring you comfort and joy. Slow down and read these scriptures curated by Ashley. You’ll be encouraged.

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What have you been up to this month? What are you looking forward to in the next month? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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24 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings—April 2022
—Grace & Truth Linkup

  1. blankNylse

    I love your 4 things. Today my 2nd child turns 30 and that encapsulates all my 4 things. I’m grateful for the time, grateful for her life and her growth; grateful for my granddaughter.
    Today my hope is renewed by the goodness of God around me.

  2. blankBarbara Harper

    I am so glad to know of this way to see latest feeds! That article had a link to how to adjust the setting for FB and Twitter, too, so I just took a moment to do that.

    It’s interesting that you’d mention that book about regret just now. I’ve been thinking about regret a lot in reference to regretting I didn’t have a more positive and willing attitude in taking care of my m-i-l. I’ve confessed my selfishness to the Lord, but I don’t think He wants me to do that every time I regret my attitude. There’s no way I can go back and change it. All I can do is let that regret fuel me to have more open and accepting attitudes to whatever God may have for me.

    Good for you for talking to the counselor and completing the stretching challenge. I was just reading about aerobics, strength training, and stretching, and how we usually think of stretching as preparation and then cool-down for the other two types of exercise. But stretching can be an exercise in itself. I’m trying to figure out how to work more exercise into my schedule.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I think Daniel Pink would totally agree with you that using regret as fuel for future activities is the best use of it. And I agree with you that once we confess to the Lord, he forgives us for it and we can move forward. Easier said than done, however! 🙂 But nonetheless, even though I’m sure you had days where you might have felt out-of-sorts taking care of your m-i-l, you DID take care of her beautifully and faithfully and I have deep respect for your loving actions with her. Well done!

  3. blankLynn

    I didn’t know about the Instagram setting you shared. Thank you! The shot of snow you had in your 30 second video looked very similar to a shot I could have taken just the other day. But here’s to spring….just around the corner; I know it!

  4. blankJennifer

    Thanks for that IG tip. I don’t have an account but my husband does but he knows nothing of the technical side (well, neither do I) so is often stuck with a bunch of junk that he cares nothing about!? I will try to help him out:)

  5. blankLesley

    I always enjoy your monthly recaps, and I am trying the one second videos for the first time this month. It will be interesting to see how it all comes together! Well done on completing your yoga challenge!

  6. blankDavid

    Dear Lisa

    Congratulations on the yoga! :applause emoji x 3: 30m most days is pretty good — more than pretty good! I hope you are enjoying (and continuing!) it. Did the yoga complement meditation or prayer? I find yoga useful and important in lots of ways.

    More congratulations on finding a good coach! Making a connection like that has been really transformative for me (a business coach; my wife approves). Hard to indentify what they do. It’s like having a muse, an inspiration to explore and find breakthroughs. I’ll pray you find ways forward. I’ll pray your bravery is rewarded.

    I think that Regret book would be difficult for me to read. I have a looong list of action regrets. Very few inaction regrets — I always did the thing.

    Me: you’ll have seen my news. Quite disorientating when the second one goes. Feeling a strong withdrawal and anchoring in my faith, and in finding roots of that faith in their characters.

    I love your monthly round-ups, thank you for posting!

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I didn’t specifically match my yoga practice with meditation or prayer, but it often did fall into that. Unfortunately once I finished the 30-day challenge, I didn’t immediately roll into another challenge. I’ve been taking a hiatus and haven’t begun again. I had extra pain in some of my joints during the time period, so I’m taking a two-week break to see if it is related or not. Hopefully it’s not related to yoga and I can resume without fear that it’s doing any harm. My guess is that the stretches and positions of yoga would be only helpful, not harmful, as long as I don’t overdo.

      1. blankDavid

        Yes, definitely don’t overdo. If anything, “underdo”. Interesting thing about yoga is that, unlike other kinds of exercise, the goals are not “objective” — stretch this far, hold for this long. The goal is to deepen our awareness of our own body — that is unique to each of us. eg in Seated Forward Bend I bend my knees slightly so I can relax into the bend and notice how my spine is lifting and stretching in the right way. The feeling during a yoga session seems close to prayer or meditiation — I’d love to clinch the connection somehow —, certainly closer to that than to a workout at the gymn.

  7. blankAshley Rowland | HISsparrowBlog

    My husband and I have been discussing regrets lately. My husband is about to turn 50, and he’s been having some regrets. I’m sure I’ll have another round myself one day, but thankfully that’s not now…and I was able to help him through his round. My biggest take-away from my last round with regrets was this: if we hadn’t made those mistakes, we would have made others—and potentially worse ones.

    Thanks so much for the feature this week. That was a sweet surprise this sluggish Monday morning.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Ooh, I love your insight, Ashley: if we hadn’t made these mistakes, we might have made other ones with potentially even worse outcomes. That’s helpful to me. Thanks!

  8. blankJoanne

    Oh I really neeeeeeed to set some sort of fitness goal like yours and maybe that would help me workout each day!! Good for you.

  9. blankBeth

    There’s a favorite option on Instagram???? You’ve just opened my whole world! Just kidding. Congrats on 30 days of Yoga. I’ve been using my Halo App/Band to do Yoga this year and I enjoy it as well.

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