Well folks, March got away from me. I like to post at least twice a week and that definitely didn’t happen! However, I did have quite a bit going on! Visits from family, education & certification, business planning, a full social calendar and a little boy who is cruising along furniture and walls. Which means we don’t sit and play anymore, we go round and round the house.
It’s Easter Weekend. Every year, it sneaks up on me and I wish it didn’t. I want to think about Easter and prepare for it and wait for it, just like we wait for Christmas all through Advent. We’ve been doing readings from The Divine Hours this week which helps a little but I am drawn more and more towards an official observation of Lent. It’s hard to get started when it’s not part of my heritage or current church community. Maybe next year, I’ll pull together a tribe to walk that road with me like a pilgrimage.
To wrap up March, I wanted to give you some quotes and links to things that have been meaningful for me recently.
You following Christ will not always look the same as someone else following Christ. Why on earth would He have bothered to form you in your mother’s womb with your own DNA and life experience ahead just to copy what someone else you’re seeing is doing?
Who are you supposed to look like in your calling here on earth and in the way you follow Christ? You’re supposed to look like the version of you that loves Jesus with everything in you.
Amen! I think we can’t hear this message enough and ties in with another book I’m reading. Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection and appreciating her many insights. She’s a qualitative researcher (story-collector) so she writes from this unique perspective of being “data-driven” about very subjective topics like belonging, shame, love, connection, fear etc. In another life, I think this type of work would have been my dream job.
For a snapshot into her work and research, her two TED talks are excellent. You can watch them on her website or go to the TED website and search her name. Here’s just one quote from the last chapter I read, which I think ties in nicely with Beth Moore’s point:
The comparison mandate becomes this crushing paradox of “fit in and stand out!” It’s not cultivate self-acceptance, belonging, and authenticity; it’s be just like everyone else, but better.
Much of her message is aimed at perfectionists and learning to simply “be enough” rather than placing self-worth on how much we’re accomplishing. Even as I read, I have to stop the mental to-do list I form about all the things I really should start incorporating into my life. Ha ha! I might have to read through this twice.
I also finally finished Transforming Conversion by Gordon Smith (excellent but lengthy and academic – hence the three month reading process). He writes about how essential hospitality is to the church:
This is the gift we give the other: hospitality. It begins with attentive listening. We listen to their story, to their joys and sorrows, their longings and points of disillusionment.
So simple and yet so difficult sometimes in our hectic, harried, overworked, stressed-out, busy lives that constantly keep us in this realm of superficial acquaintance.
So what’s happening on the blog in April? No promises but this is what I’m hoping:
- A series walking through some of the major points from Transforming Conversion by Gordon Smith.
- Finally finish my “What’s Wrong with Work Today?” series – I think I only have one post left so I really should wrap that up.
- At least one post or maybe a couple highlighting some of the material from The Gifts of Imperfection mentioned above as well as The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni which is all about Organizational health and dovetails beautifully with the Birkman training I just did.
- On the more personal front, some updates on my cooking & organizing adventures as well as potential check in on what Elimination Communication looks like with an almost-one-year-old.
Other than that, I’m working on my business plan and you’ll hopefully also see some changes around the website as I get my services page up and launch into consulting for real!
What are you doing in April? What books are you reading?