Happy September friends!
I hope you all had a simply wonderful August full of fun and sun and last minute “whatever” it was you needed a last dose of before the return to the routine/scheduled life that fall usually represents. The hubs and I spent a great, sunny, active but restful weekend in Oregon on the now “second annual Muench Labor Day Bend vacation”, ending with an afternoon at the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood at a bluegrass festival that is just a perfect way to end a perfect weekend.
This week, despite not having children with schools to return to, or a job with set hours to return to, I still found myself also craving routine and schedule and givens. So I spent this entire day reviewing my year thus far, thinking of how I want to spend the last 4 months of this year “off” and what I want my 2015 to look like. I finished the day off with a nice long talk with a friend who makes me a better person and am about to sit down with my favorite person in the whole world to watch what begins the season of yelling at the TV screen (which usually scares the dogs into running in circles) while various balls are thrown, hit and kicked across fields of various distances. I hope this Thursday night finds you with a second of peace and that maybe one of these string of words below will speak to you just what you need to hear. As always, I love hearing what words are speaking to you these days and am always excited to hear from any of you who stop by to say hello. Happy September, fall, football, return-to-routine and yes, pumpkin-flavored everything time.
Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.
Do more of what you enjoy most and less of what you enjoy least in training. The feeling of enjoyment is your body’s way of telling you that your training is working.
Our souls seek harmony, connection, integration/integrity, wholeness, rest, depth.
John Ortberg, paraphrased (Soul Keeping)
I have set the Lord always before me.
Don’t blame the dark for being dark. Blame the light for not shining in the dark.
If you want to make a difference in your own community or neighborhood or world, start by looking at what’s wrong, and then figuring out how to make things right. IN particular what most breaks your heart or offends your sense of justice? Where do you feel the pain of the world most personally or passionately? Then find the other people who feel the same pain and passion around that reality and work with them to make a difference…so if you want to change the world, start by letting the broken places and people of this world change your heart.
Start where you are. You can’t change everything at once, but you can change something.
As we collaboratively pursue our vocations, let us listen better to the stories of those around us. Let us identify in the brokenness of our world, so that we can be transformed through the stories of healing and restoration. Let us respond to the injustices of our world by partnering together and helping to achieve the dreams of the poor.
Superficiality is the curse of our age.
We can’t think our way into a new kind of living. We must live our way into a new kind of thinking.
To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem to never have paused to consider what has value for THEM. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that fundamentally meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.
Darkness doesn’t have to be bad. Sometimes it just represents the things we cannot see.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.
Sandra Day O’Connor
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
We will always take the most care of that which we value most deeply.
We don’t say no for the sake of saying no. We say NO to something good so we can say yes to something better.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.
God made humans because God loves stories.
Trying to live out Jesus’ life, for real, is intolerable to those with something to protect.
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
John D. Rockefeller
Children think not of what is past, nor what is to come, but enjoy the present time, which few of us do.
Jean de La Bruyere
Your value does not decrease based on someone else’s inability to see your worth.
…Often the result of daring greatly isn’t a victory march as much as it is a quiet sense of freedom mixed with a little battle fatigue.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
Of all passions, the passion for the “Inner Ring” is the most skillful in making a man who is not yet a very bad man do very bad things.
Be where your butt is.
There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.
Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.
If we value things of the world, we will miss the things of true value.
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
I must unrush my pace for connection and compassion to take place.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Success is the point where your most authentic talents, passions, values, and experiences intersect with the chance to contribute to some greater good.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson