Busy weekend — had a great Big Picture meeting on Saturday morning [can't wait to tell you more] and stayed up way too late that night finishing an assignment for Simple. Took a nice long nap yesterday and slept until 6:30 this morning — feeling good. I’m singing in the church choir. This is a first, and a big thing for me, as I can’t sing. I love to sing, it’s just that I don’t sound too great. I’m standing next to my friend Whitney who has a beautiful alto voice that I can follow. It’s cool being a part of something that exists to delight others — kinda like scrapbooking, you know? Got to teach the 14-16 yr. old girls at church. The lesson was on improving our associations with others and shared three things we can do. One, reach out. Do your best to look good and feel good about yourself, and then forget yourself and look for ways to interact with and make others happy. Two, don’t criticize. Criticizing just creates negativity and there is absolutely nothing positive that comes from that! Three, pray for charity. I don’t mean for this to sound like sermon, but I do love the idea that we can pray for the ability to love someone — especially when you’re not feeling it. It was a great lesson for the week of Thanksgiving. When I think about it, what I’m most thankful for are people. People like the pilgrims who sacrificed everything for freedom from oppresion; people like those in my community who do honest work or volunteer their time in a million different ways to make our lives better; people that I work with, who are bright and insightful and fun to be around; people like you who make me feel like I have something to contribute and want to be a part of it! I’m thankful for the people that are coming to my house on Thursday for dinner. I haven’t cooked in at least three years — went to Target to get new glasses for the big-people table and matching tablecloths and cute plates for the kid-people table — it’s got to look good don’t you think? I’m most thankful for the people I live with. A hard-working husband, constant and kind and four little people that wear me out and give me so much love. Found this note from Taft on the stairs to my bedroom last night. He is drawing lots of pictures of "mommy and Taft" lately and I love it — it just doesn’t get any better than this. People make life worth living — go be thankful this week, go celebrate your people!
November 21, 2005 By 15 Comments