Debilitating self-criticism can creep into every aspect of our lives. Especially when there is some truth to it. It reminds me of the Baobab Trees from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince story. Every day we must pay close attention to our goals and our agendas.
“Now there were some terrible seeds on the planet that was the home of the little prince; and these were the seeds of the baobab. The soil of that planet was infested with them. A baobab is something you will never, never be able to get rid of if you attend to it too late. It spreads over the entire planet. It bores clear through it with its roots. And if the planet is too small, and the baobabs are too many, they split it in pieces…”
Our culture and society move quickly enough that it’s possible to go through the days and weeks without thinking of our actions.
Mindfulness is becoming the trend. Teaching students mindfulness and helping students be aware of their thoughts and actions is a large task. I find it rare that adults are present of mind. I came across an excellent scripture that summarizes the hope.
My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. 1 john 3:18-20
The NIV translates the lexical Greek peripateo as “live” rather than “walk” but you can feel the traction in the feet of this definition: “To tread or walk about, generally to walk”. Why all this attention to an everyday action? In the Bible, walking is often not just an activity, but a theology.
~Beth Moore, Children of the Day
As the days continue to come, it is our personal responsibility to walk through them with out values in place. Let us make good use of our opportunity!
- to walk
- to make one’s way, progress; to make due use of opportunities
- Hebrew for, to live
- to regulate one’s life
- to conduct one’s self
- to pass one’s life
Join me every morning this summer!
We can workout together from 8:10-8:40am. I’ll be teaching at Canton First Friends Church Monday through Friday mornings!
You know you want to!
I know you want to!
You’re going to feel so great!!
Just in case you needed a little cheer in your life! You’re not just one little piece of sand on a beach! You’re a beloved child of God!
This was an inspiring message that came my way today. We’re anticipating a large move in our family. It’s been years in the making. We know that we’d like to try something new. Can you guess that I’m a little surprised by the sluggish feelings I have while packing? Probably not.
It surprised me. We have lived in the same house now for 13 years. That is a lot of time to collect things. It is a lot of time to collect dust too.
I’m thankful for encouraging friends and family. It is essential to have a core group of support. In fact, the Mayo Clinic website has a wonderful article about why friendships enrich our lives.
Here are a few reasons!
- Increase your sense of belonging and purpose
- Boost your happiness and reduce your stress
- Improve your self-confidence and self-worth
- Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one
- Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise
Sounds simple enough?! Yet, it isn’t. Friendships take significant time and investment. Many times those whom we love and want to spend time with take the back seat to our children, aging parents, and our work. Cherishing the people we care for means that we will figure it out! I’ve appreciated the gift of my friend, Dawn, who calls me when she sits in rush hour. Another dear moment is when I can facebook message my elementary school friend, Tara, that I’m headed down the sidewalk for a glass of wine at her house. I am VERY grateful that she doesn’t care about cleaning and that I have these precious moments.
While I’m packing and dusting for our family’s transition to another home I’m able to relax for a few minutes knowing that my friends are there. I’m able to rest in my spiritual belief that God isn’t going to leave me despite how sluggish I feel. If you haven’t taken the time recently, today I’ll encourage you! Why don’t you pick a friend and give them a drive by hug!