I find it hard to believe that we are already more than halfway through the first month of 2018. But time flies when—well, time just flies regardless. This year has started well, and I believe it will continue to be great. I have a pretty full ten days ahead before heading to Southern California for vacation. I cannot express how excited I am for that trip. We’ll be seeing some great friends, eating great food, and hopefully drinking in plenty of warm sunshine. I think my soul will be well fed for the month of February. But we’re still some days from takeoff, so how bout a look at the last week.
1). Summing up #onthedaily (Monday 1/15 to Today):
This past week, I was Grateful for a day off of work and the good reason for it; my home; The Psalms collected in the Holy Bible; the work of Desiring God , Jordan Peterson , and the Sci-Fi Christian ; SLEEP; and FRIENDS!
This past week, I was Focused on getting done what must be done today and not tomorrow, being fearless and forthright, forgiving others as well as myself, maintaining eye contact, finishing the week strong, and enjoying my time with my son !
This past week, I refused to Worry about my fears about the future, yesterday’s failures, unhappiness and unmet expectations, all the clutter in my office but rather small bits of it that I can organize one at a time, missed opportunities, and how much I have to do tomorrow!
This week in themes: Moving forward and moving well. This week cements how different life is these days from the last few months of 2017. Whereas I was in a place of feeling constant defeat, intense anxiety, and overall dissatisfaction, I now see myself being full of gratitude for valuable blessings, focused on real and tangible goals, and refusing to worry about those things that increase my anxiety and diminish my life. This week marked a full month since my previous “despair spiral” just before Christmas; and I have to say, I am incredibly hopeful that I will not feel that low again for some time. This was a good week.
2). Watch, Listen, or Read:
An outstanding discussion on Marriage and Entrepreneurs, from Christ and Pop Culture’s Persuasion Podcast (one of the best)
How to Organize your Life for Success – by Jordan Peterson
Visualizing Christ to Battle Lust – an Ask Pastor John segment from Desiring God
YOU are all in on life – by Jordan Peterson
From Other Places on the web and such: Scott Derrickson’s Twitter, one of the best of the net; and of course, shout outs to my friends at Gaming With Swag and, again, my favorite podcast on the internet, The Sci-Fi Christian .
3). More Hopes and Happenings:
So, in the last 10 days week I was paid perhaps one of the highest compliments of my working life, and I failed to mention it in last week’s debrief. For those unaware, I had significant responsibility shift at work in August, and it really took its toll on me in the fall. My boss and I had semi-monthly meetings, and I began counseling just to get through each week. My manager and I both felt that I should be actively looking for another gig. My wife took the brunt of my feeling insecure, needy, and just plain beaten. I had my year end review recently, and my manager informed me that she was happy with me and my work, and she had felt I turned things 180 degrees, that she felt I was good at my job and that I should consider the career opportunities it affords. I also got a year-end bonus. I know that I should not overly value my job performance, but this development really encouraged me this week. It’s not small thing to turn a work situation around when the job itself hasn’t really changed. I consider it a big win.
But some small things need attention. I have been trying to order and organize my office. Now that I basically bring Landon up every day, the clutter really just shuffles from space to space rather than finding itself getting cleaned. Fortunately, slowly but surely, I am getting it where I want it to be.
So life is full, and wonderful. And I am hopeful for the days to come.
Thanks for reading,