“We need first of all to foster, in ourselves and in others, a contemplative outlook. Such an outlook arises from faith in the God of life, who has created each individual as a ‘wonder’ (cf. Psalm 139:14). It is the outlook of those who see life in its deeper meaning, who grasp its utter gratuitousness, its beauty and its invitation to freedom and responsibility.”
Pope John Paul II
Recapture the Wonder by Ravi Zacharias is the latest book I am reading. I’ve always been interested in wonder. My husband laughs at me sometimes because I can become fascinated with the smallest things. Nowadays cynicism and sarcasm have replaced our childhood wonderment. And even our children are getting cynical at a younger age.
What are you fascinated with? What scene makes you stand still in awe?
So far my kids have retained much of their wonder. The picture below is of them in our backyard.
My baby is 10! We tried to make it special for her. She made a whole plan on what she wanted to do and eat. So we went to the beach, visited Nana and Papa, had pizza for dinner and smoothies for breakfast, and played Jr. Monopoly.
We have been planning birthday parties since both of the kids’ birthdays are in July.
I’ve spent much of the week at church co-directing VBS. No big disasters and it ran really smoothly. We were very happy.
I brought a water bottle with me as I was running around church making sure everything was going well. Here’s a chart to fill out if you or your family are working on drinking 8 glasses of water a day: http://www.chartjungle.com/8glassesofwaterchart.html
We lent out our digital camera and I really miss it. I wanted to photograph the fireworks, the frog Brea found, the cake Brandon made, the church with all the VBS decorations…At least I have the memories and pictures in my head.
I ran across a wonderful list of papers you should keep and for how long: http://www.davidco.com/tips_tools/tip19.html.
I also read a tip that you should use your left hand for the mouse. Since there are less keys on the left side, the arm doesn’t have to move as much and it is better for you. I am trying it out for the first time today. Maneuvering with my left hand was a little tricky at first, but I’m amazed at how fast it started to feel normal.
I am researching setting up a mastermind group for other self-employed women. Basically the group would meet monthly by chat room to discuss a topic and to brainstorm solutions. I am looking forward to getting this going. This link gives more info on setting up your own mastermind group.
In his Goals Magic Newsletter, Rog Moore gives 7 critical steps for goal setting. #7, is especially important.
“7/ You don?t need to know HOW ? So many people put of
starting on their goals because they do not know 100%
of the HOW to achieve their goals from the outset. This
is ridiculous! Just get started and do the 1% you know
of to do now ? the more momentum you develop and action
you take the faster the way HOW to achieve your goals
will be revealed to you.”
When you set goals, so much of accomplishment is serendipity or right time, right place. If you keep your eyes open, the solution with come. (And sometimes a little research doesn’t hurt.)
Aren’t summer weekends wonderful? Kicking back. Going with the flow. We started going on a family hike. Driving home we ran across a free car show. Had to see the old Mustangs!
Then we ran across a cute new store called Weekending. It’s one of those stores with lots of eye candy. Lots of local art, the Kalamazoo Grill, outdoor ponds, handpainted benches, things for the garden, clocks made out of stones, huge marble fountains, birds, butterflies, dragonflies and ladybug art. The light-hearted store sung summer to me. I’ll have to go again, but this time alone. The kids and hubby weren’t quite as enthralled so I didn’t get to immerse myself into the art as much as I wanted.
We got home just in time to have a friend stop by.
I didn’t do much cleaning this weekend, but in case you are in a cleaning mood here is 30 Days to a Clean House.
I love mornings. I always have. The stillness. The hope and optimism. Most days I begin my day with some quiet time: prayer, journaling, Bible and inspirational reading. Then I do about 30 minutes of exercise. I like to lift weights while reading e-mails that are in my read/review box or magazine articles I have torn out and filed. Sometimes I walk and listen to my mp3 player. Some days I listen to music and other days self-development. About twice a week I combine my quiet time and exercise for a longer workout. I can do a prayer/praise walk, a long yoga session or a combination.
Between quiet time and exercise I usually spend time with my husband as he is just getting home from work and about ready for bed.
After exercise, I awaken the kids if they have school or activities and head into the shower. I like to visualize my day in the shower. And just enjoy the water.
By this time I am starving. I eat my fruit and cereal, smoothie or peanut butter toast and banana. Usually while checking e-mail, except if the kids are down eating.
I get about half of my daily chores done in the morning. When the kids are off of school, they help me. I like the house looking decent in case anyone pops over. When they are in school, chores are punctuated with , “Where’ this” and “Can I invite so and so over after school?”
Then about 9:00 I start doing my coaching work, stopping every couple of hours to put a load of laundry in or another chore, do something with the kids or relax a bit.
When I was working outside the house my routine was similar in the morning. I just had to wake up a little bit earlier.
On days when I can’t ease into my day, I get so frazzled and feel uncentered. I feel like I am racing, but unsure where the finish line is.
These are some recent Joys of Delight…
1. Discovering who made that loud call – the cardinal in my tree
2. Extra quiet time
3. Watching a movie uninterrupted by kids
4. Finding matching socks
5. Seeing the first pea
6. Brea’s new sandals as a gift from Grandma
7. Finding out the reunion might be near by so we can definitely go
8. The happy face of pansies
9. A good conversation
10. Having the cat lay and cuddle with me