I have a friend who I am intentionally journeying with. We meet every now and then and chat about our journey with God, our lives, our hopes.
As part if this journey, we have decided to both complete the book Wreak this journal.
My copy came today and even the first few pages challenged me. It asked me to do what it said on the front, and begin to wreak it, but I found a part of me balked at the sacrilege of disfiguring a book:
It got me thinking about sacredness in general. What IS sacred? Of course the dictionary says:
Considered to be holy and deserving respect, especially because of a connection with a god.
Considered too important to be changed.
In some ways I agree, God himself is sacred, deserving respect, and he is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
But surely all of life should be treated with respect and is in some sense sacred, as the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. But if there is one thing I am sure about in this life, nothing remains the same, everything changes.
So as I begin to wreak this journal, I am left with the thought that perhaps because life is sacred, it has to be allowed to change… and me with it.
Before you sign off because this is a comic, wait. I can faithfully say that this web comic has made me think as much as some of the heavyweight books i have read, and the journey was much more enjoyable.
Strong female protagonist is the story of a young woman with extraordinary abilities trying to find a way in the world, which as it happens cant have its problems solved by might alone.
In other words, its a treatise on life. One which i thoroughly recommend – do read it from the beginning, it will be worth your while.
Lets face it, self control is a tough job. Particularly if you like food as much as i do. So i was very pleased to watch this 15 minute talk by Daniel Goldstien:
The battle between your present and future self
Its well worth a watch. I also had a go at something he mentions, and took a look at what it would mean for my future self if i threw away all self control around food. Future self, i promise to take care of you:
R and I had friends to.stay.this weekend and they brought their border terrier Ruby with them. Our own border Atom was a bit overwhelmed, but the two pooches seemed to get on fine, and for us it was double happiness:
This really caught me today:
It reminds me if this quote from CS Lewis:
For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which [God] has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them.
It’s so very easy to rush through the day, thinking about what you have to do next or ruminating on the past… And totally miss your life.
Every effort for being present to our own and others lives it has to be worth the prize of freedom.
My first week doing 100 happy days has proved fruitful.
I have found so much more happiness in my life than I thought was there.
It is an important lesson.
Becoming mindful of the things which cause me happiness has allowed me to see the ongoing contentment in my life. I have learnt that happiness is not just about the big highs but also about that warm glow which lights up every day life.
This last week has been a real blessing and i would encourage you to join in by signing up to http://100happydays.com… and let me know how you do!
I have finally had some time and weather to get on in the new garden.
We have a north facing garden so I am growing veg out the front of the house.
Out the back, a new challenge for me, growing plants that aren’t so worried by the shade.
I’m loving it.
We have finally moved to a place where we are happy to choose place over jobs. Unless we get the divine “it’s you” we intend to stay put forever.
So I am looking forward not only to the first year of this garden, but many more too.
After fifteen houses in twenty years, I can’t begin to tell you how happy staying put makes me: