Weekly Reflection : 06/09/2018

36 years-old now…

So, last time I posted I was 35 years-old. This will be my first blog post at the age of 36. I apologize for missing last Saturday, but the birthday festivities got the best of me, and I failed on a number of fronts, not just this one. It was not necessarily the best way to kick off the new year of living. I should probably do a full post about turning 36—about where I am in my life, how I see my past, and where I see myself going. Frankly, I’m not sure how that would go, but I am contemplating it.

This blog has been a very mixed bag in 2018. In one sense it’s been great that I’ve been getting any posts in at all; but in another, it’s very sad that I have not been on able to maintain consistency regarding valuable, individual posts. Here’s hoping that I will get to that point. We shall see together.

But enough of that, let’s talk about this past week.

1). The Week in Brief “The War on Resentment Continues.”  “I am repository of resentment.” That’s how I describe myself to someone recently when asked how I was doing. Reason being? I am finding that in a variety of situations, I am so resentful that I have a hard time enjoying much of life anymore, even when things are relatively well. It’s embarrassing to admit, and I know it shows a lack of character on my part. Thankfully, I was able to realize this on my birthday of all days, and I think it’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. Realization has no price tag, and the net benefits after the fact are usually very broad if the knowledge is applied well. So the past week, I really been working on that very thing: trying to locate resentments, trying to recognize my part in them, and ultimately trying to capture new thoughts that could become resentments as they arise. Have I done this perfectly? Not even close, but realization itself is a pretty significant step as far as I’m concerned.

2). More Hope and Happenings

This week, I had a wonderful customer service experience with DISNEY, and I gotta say–they are likely going to earn more money from me as a result.

I am planning new displays for the summer months, so that will be fun. The first changeover will be a cherished new collectible I got for my birthday, below pictured.

Completed another item on the 2018 Goals List: Finished reading Bibliotheca Volume IV, APOCRYPHA

3). Happy Landon!

Today, my wife took the car to get a break, and I’ve been spending the time with my boy. He’s in his crib right now but not napping, and we’ve had a great morning stacking blocks, looking at monster toys, playing with MAGIC TRACKS, going on a long walk, watching a cartoon, eating lunch together, and independently having some “screen time”. It’s been a blast.

4). Recommended Media

Valuable thoughts from Desiring God on Raising Children with Disabilities and Retirement for Christians.  Plus some bonus encouragement about Weakness.

Here’s Two Trailers that I thought would turn me off to movies but actually got my mildly interested: BUMBLEBEE and INTO THE SPIDERVERSE .

And here’s the trailer for THE LEGO MOVIE 2, on which my brother-in-law has been actively working.

And weekly insights from Jordan Peterson, on the Self-Authoring Program (which was gifte to me by my buddy, DEAN) and being authentic, and improving your life.

#onthedaily recap

This week, I was Grateful for good friends, life itself, a night to relax with my wife, my Savior Jesus Christ and the freedom I have in and through him, sunshine, and time with my son.

This week, I Focused on serving my family, overcoming difficult work tasks, gratitude for the present, my posture, ending the workweek well, accomplishing small but useful tasks !

This week, I refused to Worry about being perfect, tomorrow’s challenges, ancillary issues to pursuing new goals, money, financial challenges that are years away, and impending Financial challenges ! (clearly, I had money on my mind).

COLLECTIBLE OF WEEK : Brand New FUNKOPOP Mr. Fred Rogers : For those who are not in the realm of collectibles, FUNKO POPs have been one of the dominating lines of the last 5 years, and they have released MANY figures in their time. I have held back from joining the trend of having these 4″ dudes and ladies, but this one became a must have. I think it is one of the only Fred Rogers figures in existence, which is pretty sad considering that this guy is easily one of America’s greatest sons, a man who exemplifies the Fruit of Spirit like few others have. I am happy to have this guy on my lamp, reminding me to be a good neighbor. To EVERYONE.