I’ve spent November practicing those same lessons about Present that I shared in September and October. Truly, I cannot overstate the impact that reading Four Thousand Weeks and The Year of the Puppy when I did had on my life … Continue reading Present | November 2022.
Oliver Burkeman and Alexandra Horowitz had wonderful lessons for me last month … and again this month! Burkeman certainly doesn’t suggest getting a puppy as a way to embrace “…the truth about your limited time and limited control over that … Continue reading Present | October 2022.
I mentioned last week that I was re-reading Four Thousand Weeks (Goodreads link). I’ve now finished, marking on practically every page; and while I still have much work to do (seriously, so many notes!), my Present lesson for this month … Continue reading Present | September 2022.
It didn’t take me long to learn that the discipline or practice of writing these essays occasioned a kind of delight radar. Or maybe it was more like the development of a delight muscle. Something that implies that the more … Continue reading Present | August 2022.
Be satisfied with being present. This is the better part. Being fully present can’t be taken from you. You are yours to give. Unfolding Light, Steve Garnass-Holmes, July 21, 2022 I love how those sparks of inspiration happen. moments when … Continue reading Present | July 2022.
A few weeks ago, I listened to Shauna Niequist narrate I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet (Goodreads link); I loved the book, and highlighted a few dozen quotations. These words especially resonated with this year’s OLW [a] wise friend … Continue reading Present | June 2022.
In a time of drastic change one can be too preoccupied with what is ending or too obsessed with what seems to be beginning. In either case one loses touch with the present and with its obscure but dynamic possibilities. … Continue reading Present | May 2022.
Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairytale. Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist (via @emilypfreeman) Except for this past weekend, April has been a quiet month for me. a month where I spent a lot of time on my own, reading, knitting, studying, listening to music and birdsong, walking. I let go a few commitments to make more room for solitude and my new church leadership roles. I tried to be disciplined about bedtime since the dark early hours are my favorite reading and … Continue reading Present | April 2022.
Noted in my journal on Monday, March 14: “getting clarity about my OLW – 1) living here. now. AND 2) feeling good about it. The connection of these two ideas seems like the point. the AHA!! moment.” When I (re) … Continue reading Present | March 2022.
Reflecting back on this second month of living this year’s word, I feel like I’m learning a lot from simply paying attention. practicing stillness. resisting the urge to live for future plans (or ruminate over regrets). celebrating what’s good about … Continue reading Present | February 2022.