I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving break! I did; it was wonderful to get away and be in community with close friends and just “be.” While away, and since returning, I have been feeling discouraged as I reflect on my efforts with this blog. I wonder, “What’s the point?” in posting daily, who’s even reading it?, who’s it even impacting?, and the like. Negative thoughts I know! It’s not like me to veer down this path. Don’t get me wrong- many of you have been so encouraging and sharing with me how it’s made a difference in your life. So with all these thoughts that are not leading me towards the direction I hope for myself and the purpose of this blog, I have decided to take a break for a week… and maybe longer. I hope to take the time to reflect on what I want to achieve with my daily striving to post, what’s realistic for me to achieve given Zane’s need for me, and how best I can still continue to follow the calling I had to start this blog. I hope this time away will provide me clarity, inspiration, and encouragement for a more positive outlook and drive! Thanks everyone for joining me for the ride and I hope you will continue once I return.
Happy early turkey day! I heard on K Love the other day that a restaurant owner created a deal that if his patrons did not use their phones or other devices during their meal, they would receive 50% off their bill. Crazy and generous, right? Crazy because he noticed this to be such a problem that this was the only way to encourage conversations and appreciation of the dining experience- how it used to be! This approach reminds me during this holiday to do just that- turn off and put away our distractions. I encourage you to do so, knowing myself how hard it is! We will be spending time with friends this Thanksgiving and I vow to only use my tablet up to an hour a day, if that! Let’s see how I go! And let’s see how you go. Enjoy your family and friends. Enjoy the meal. Enjoy the moment. In light of this approach, I will see you back here on Monday, hopefully after rest and restoration.
When I came across this commercial called “Every person has a story,” by Chick-fil-A months ago, I appreciated it! It reminded me that everyone has a story that they’re living and at the moment it could consist of happiness, sadness, triumph, failure, etc. Using this as a filter helps me to treat people with more grace, forgiveness, and love. Sometimes it even encourages me to get to know them! When Googling for the commercial link, I discovered that you can read and listen to other people’s stories on the company’s website. And if you desire, you can even submit your own story too!