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, and
- something achieved.
Plus here’s my latest One Second Everyday monthly video . . .
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- FOLLOWING YOUR ONE WORD JOURNEY TOO
I’ve been keeping a One Word habit on my own for several years. But the past two years I’ve seen what it feels like to keep up with others’ words, too, in closer community. And I love it.
I’m challenged by the dedication of others to live out their word. They inspire me to keep going when I think my word RELEASE is too hard and I want to give up on it.
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- BOOK SUMMARIES
I’ve resisted reading book summaries for years (because of pride? rule-following?). When I heard of services like Blinkist, I recoiled. Why cheat and read a summary of a book when I *should* read the whole book?
But I’ve humbled myself this year and discovered the joy of summaries.
It started when I couldn’t find the whole book at my library or online, but I could find the summary. I read one summary and discovered how quick it was to get the main insights of a book in a tenth of the time (or less).
I’m currently reading the summary of Dan Pink’s The Power of Regret. I will still read the whole book when it becomes available at my library (my estimated wait time is 10 weeks), but I’m getting to enjoying the highlights right now.
Sometimes a summary inspires me to locate the the whole book and read it all. But other times? I find it’s enough to read someone else’s bullet points and be done with it. Gleaning from others’ summaries isn’t cheating; it’s just helpful.
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- SEEING ALL THE DOCTORS
Jeff is now just a few months away from retirement. For the most part, that’s great news. But for health insurance? It makes me nervous. We’ve always had insurance through his employer, but after his retirement, we’ll have to get it elsewhere. And I know that will be pricey.
So to make the most of his company insurance while we have it, I’ve been squeezing in all the yucky medical appointments now: colonoscopy, mammogram, gynecology, dermatology, blood work, etc.
I also need to go get new glasses while we have good vision insurance. Even that takes courage for me. There are too many choices. I have trouble deciding which frames I want to live with for the next few years.
But compared to the others, the eye doctor may be the easiest of all.
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- REVISITING MY NOTES
Well, I haven’t fully achieved this yet. But I’ve begun. So that’s something.
I’ve been reading stacks of books the past few months to help me with a loss I’m grieving.
I’ve sped from one book to the next, taking notes from each book on what helps, and living it out as best I can on the fly.
But it’s become a lot. So I’m methodically re-reading just those notes this month to reabsorb the best of the best ideas from the books for my healing and growth. And attempting to find a way to incorporate them into my daily life on a regular basis instead of just hit and miss.
It includes learning to NOT apologize for how sad I feel about my loss. As one book says:
“It’s strange that when someone gets really sad and starts crying about something, we say they ‘went to pieces.’ That seems backwards. Crying means we’re connected with our pain, rather than cut off from it. When we cry, we’re whole in the sense that we’re connected with ourselves, including the part of us that hurts.”
This project of re-reading and working all the notes may be too much. But I trust God to guide me through it, and to release me from it if it’s not helpful after all.
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