Is anyone else amazed that September is nearly half over? yikes! It still feels very much like summer here, but there are early signs of a new season. The cherry trees are nearly bare of leaves, the grasses are turning, and the days are noticeably shorter.
I’d been in a real funk on Thursday (empty house, nothing to look forward to … seemingly ever again 😉 ?!) and was surprised how just the simple act of reaching out to a tennis pro to schedule a lesson – have something to look forward to – changed my outlook.
Saturday morning I listened to a podcast (The Next Right Thing episode 143 – link) that really resonated with how I’d like to celebrate the seasons … at home, and in my life. (and yep, I pre-ordered the book!). I also spent several hours over the weekend prepping for our new Sunday School series on Being Grateful in Difficult Times*, which included watching conversations about gratitude. Yesterday morning, I led the first session, closing with this week’s Gratitude Practice:
Pay attention this week to these two things:
- What made you feel grateful?
- Did you say “thank you” to someone?
Yesterday afternoon I (finally) replied to the multitude of comments y’all have left on my recent blog posts. I was – and still am – incredibly grateful for your support, encouragement, and insight. I said “thank you” so many times … and it was wonderful.
I decided to get Back to Basics this week and just see how it goes. Specifically, I set my alarm for 15 minutes earlier. I limited my mindless scrolling of Instagram to just 45 minutes. I spent quality time with my journal – looking back at last week and planning out this week. I made a need-to-do list and a want-to-do list.
Then I spent more quality time with Common Prayer, Richard Rohr, and Sarah Bessey. and I walked with Marc.
None of this is new for me – well, the “me” of early 2020. But in these COVID-times, I thought I was taking care of myself by easing up. sleeping a little later. more mindless scrolling. no schedule. and maybe I was … but now I’m ready for a new season.
and just maybe, getting back to (my) basics a path into that. (of course forecasted lows by the weekend that begin with a FIVE … well, that’s energizing too!)
Wishing y’all a week of purpose, of finding gratitude, and saying thank you.
*Our church purchased this course and we’ve put together a 10-week series with small group and large group sessions to explore/discuss the videos. As “homework”, we are using the Gratitude Journal that Butler-Bass published to go along with her book Grateful.