Weekly Reflection : 07/14/2018

Here’s to another week of life, to the good that has come and the people blessed by it!

I’ve had my fair share of decent days this past week. Granted, the ebbs and flows had high’s and low’s, but every week from now until glory will be that way. It’s how life is this side of things. And that’s not bad. I think folks my age were trained to believe that challenges, discomforts, and hardships are always negative and to be avoided at all costs. As someone who used to work out 6 days a week with a solid regimen, I know that’s not the case. Some challenges yield great rewards; some discomforts force us to develop, and some hardship can be the catalyst that brings new strength. So, yeah, some things are difficult, but that’s not always bad. At least it doesn’t have to be.

1). The Week in Brief “Keep Going” Now, that’s a mantra by which to live, and it’s surely the one I’ve needed to adopt to thrive. How else can a person combat all of those aforementioned obstacles I referenced? When it comes to the pursuit of excellence—or even betterment that is still far from excellence—the hurdles and hoops through which we are forced to jump seem both unforgiving and endless. We have to keep going, and this is exactly what I’ve been telling myself this last week—things like, “Good deep conversation? Great. It didn’t solve things. Keep going. Have another.” or “Oh, the first half of the year resulted in improvement? Good. You’re not done. Not even close. Keep going.” This, of course, is closely tied to the HOPE I recently referenced in my half-year post. Things are going better than they were; they have the potential to improve further. Now I need to keep going.

2). More Hope and Happenings

Got some good news at work. Of the pool of performers in my department, I am in the top half. That feels good.

Also, eBay continues to go well this summer. Frankly, I need it to continue being successful.

I am not finished the Self-Authoring Program. I still feel too uncertain to tackle the next step (future authoring), which is why I ought to do it. Here’s hoping I have at least begun it by this time next week.

3). Happy Landon!

My boy is barely 2 years-old, but he is a champion of cleaning up toys when he is asked to do so. Seriously, I tell him it’s time, and the song starts,

“Clean up. Clean up.

Everybody, Everywhere.

Clean up. Clean up.

Everybody do your share. ”

Now,maybe it’s just that he loves music, but he still does the task asked of him. It’s very impressive for a newly-minted two-year-old.

4). Recommended Media

Interesting thoughts from Desiring God on the relationship of Happiness to Holiness

A fantastic and hope-filled two-part sermon series from Tim Keller, on Identity and how to change

And there’s an interesting video on how to answer “What do you do?”

And weekly insights from Jordan Peterson, in a great two-part interview with Lewes Howes on responsibility and suffering.

#onthedaily recap

This week, I was Grateful for needed conversation with my wife, sunshine, blessings I do not deserve, incremental but noteworthy improvements, time to think in silence, and the view from our living room window !!!

This week, I was Focused on listening, how I can begin meaningful conversations well, being assertive, addressing things that I cannot allow to fester, enjoying time with others, and savoring time with others !!!! !

This week, I refused to Worry about problems caused by corporate bureaucracy over which I have no control, work, about unfair judgments made of me, difficult conversations, past mistakes, and having all the answers to complex questions !!!

COLLECTIBLE OF WEEK : GI JOE SNOW SERPENT (version 1). I don’t recall where I first got this figure as a child, and frankly, I think this may be the 3rd or 4th time he has passed through my collection. What I do remember, however, is the way I FELT about him as a child and the way in which I related to him. When I first got him, all those many years ago, I thought he was a rogue, vicious hunter. My childhood mind reasoned, “look at that fir, he had to have acquired it through hunting something deadly and surviving.” For many hours of play, I pretended he was also unique and ferocious as I imagined the first time I glimpsed him. Turns out he is just a winter-style trooper from Cobra’s endless legions. Even when I first saw him in the cartoon, I didn’t believe it—not this toy, He’s special. Indeed, in the heart of a small child he most certainly was. I feel like there is a lesson in there somewhere, but I’m rather unsure of what it is.