Share Four Somethings—September 2021

Each month I share four somethings: something I love, something I read, something I treasure, and something ahead. I’m sharing at Heather’s.

Plus here’s my One Second video from last month . . . 

[click here if you can’t see the video]

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Something Loved

  • AUTUMN SUNFLOWERS 

Goodbye, summer. I hate to see you go. You’re my favorite! But these bright sunflowers always make transitioning into autumn a little easier.

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Something Read 

  • A NEW SOUNDTRACK

I’m an overthinker. I’m currently reading Jon Acuff’s book, Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking.

Soundtracks

Acuff suggests revamping the playlist in your head with ten statements. And repeating these to yourself every morning and every night for 30 days to see if it helps reduce your overthinking.

His ten things include:

1. Today is brand-new and tomorrow is too.
2. I’ve got a gift worth giving.
7. Momentum is messy.
10. The best response to obstacles is to do it anyway.

I’ll try those, but I’ll also include soundtracks of my own. I’ve been using these for quite awhile already. And they work for me. They inculde:

  • I don’t have to finish today. It’s okay to never finish.
  • Just show up. Open up. Be authentic.
  • See everything; judge little; forgive much.
  • The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear?

What’s a soundtrack you play in your head, positive or negative?

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Something Treasured

  • AN ANNUAL GOLF TRADITION

Jeff and I don’t play golf. But the disaster relief organization we volunteer with—Prepare and Respond (PAR)—sponsors a charity golf tournament once a year. It’s how we raise money to pay for the equipment we use to clean up after natural disasters.

One of my and Jeff’s responsibilities each year is to watch for a hole-in-one at Hole 14. If anyone were to get one, they’d win a new car! So far, no one has.

But each year we watch for it anyway and enjoy our time together. I usually learn a thing or two about golf along the way, too.

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Something Ahead

  • PUMPKIN PATCH

I’ve been to the pumpkin patch the past few years with friends and schoolchildren. It’s always fun.

But this year I’ll get to take my oldest grandchild (she’s 3) to the pumpkin patch for our first time together. I’m excited about that!

I’m also looking forward later in October to seeing a little princess, a skunk, and a chicken (a.k.a. our three grandkids) for Halloween. (The little skunk tried her costume on and wasn’t excited about discovering she had a tail.)

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What’s a highlight from your September? What are you looking forward to in October? Share in the comments.

20 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings—September 2021

  1. blankCindy Davis

    The skunk is too cute!!! Love it! I also love the “soundtrack” that you are playing. I think something we all need is positive affirmations and ways to turn those negative thoughts around. Thanks for sharing.

  2. blankLynn

    I have always wanted to visit a pumpkin patch! We’ve had a warm and beautiful fall this year that lets me enjoy the colourful leaves for longer than usual. Usually we’ve had a snow fall by this time!

  3. blankBarbara Harper

    Funny about the skunk not being so sure about having a tail. 🙂 It’s so cute to see them dress up. And how fun it will be to visit the pumpkin patch with your granddaughter!

    We don’t play golf, either. It would be fun to award someone that car some day!

    That thought about not having to do everything relieves pressure.

  4. blankDavid

    Dear Lisa, I like the soundtrack idea! My current anthem is “I am the strong one” — reminding me of the strength and light I get from Christ and my (so far only online) Christian community, and to show that strength and light locally.

    This last month I read a bunch of storybooks all of a sudden — on my sixth novel since the beginning of September. Had almost forgotten what it’s like.

  5. blankDonna

    Precious memories from September, dear Friend. Looks like the day at the golf course was lovely! Seeing your little grand babies all dressed up will be such a treat!! Not sure what my little Grace will choose for her costume yet, for a 2 year old, she has definite ideas about her attire….

  6. blankYvonne Chase

    I made a face when you mentioned a skunk until I realized you are talking about an adorable costume. Cute grandkids and fun video. I’ve never been to a pumpkin patch or any patch for that matter. Perhaps I will one day. New beginnings are right around the corner in October. Today’s teabag offered a word of encouragement: “The unknown is where all outcomes are possible; enter it with grace.”

  7. blankTrudy

    Thank you for sharing your four somethings, Lisa. I always enjoy them. 🙂 Now that’s a “skunk” that would be too cute for me to run away from. 🙂 I’m sorry to see summer go, too. 🙁 It went far too quickly! Love and blessings to you!

  8. blankBev Rihtarchik

    Lisa,
    I love your little skunk! As queen of the “overthinkers,” I believe Jon Acuff’s book is for me. I can overthink, analyze, and argue pros and cons until the cows come home. Thanks for sharing this goodness!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  9. blankTea With Jennifer

    I like your sound tracks Lisa! And the be ones too!
    September has been a difficult month this time round for us but as one of your new sound tracks say every day (& month) are new so I look forward to the month ahead.
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

  10. blankKaren Friday

    Lisa, I’m also an overthinker so Jon Acuff’s book sounds much needed. But I will say that your list is good as well. Especially, “I don’t have to finish today. It’s okay to never finish.”

  11. blankLois Flowers

    Those grandchildren are the cutest, Lisa! (Especially the little skunk.) 🙂 I love your original soundtracks … I would have to give it some thought but I’d say some of my most comment soundtracks also are scriptures. (“Send your light and your truth, let them lead me,” comes to mind, as well as, “My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”)

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