Friday, April 5, 2013

Spring and Break and 11 Things

This here is Spring Break, which makes me Stop. because it's actually Spring! Thank You Jesus. I'm sort of allowing myself to participate in the whole thing, at least a little bit this week. It works out because the kids I work with have spring break. And it helps to acknowledge that Spring is here. And I love this season. Maybe not as much as summer. But the whole idea of spring cleaning and getting rid of clutter makes my house feel 20 pounds lighter just thinking about it.

And so in this season, I'm stopping to consider 11 (because I like odd numbers) things I'm also learning, and maybe some I've been re-learning, in no particular order:

1. It's nice knowing who your people are.

Small things make a difference. It's good to consider that you can learn a lot by the people in your life.

2. It rains a lot in spring.

Umbrellas that have since broken and won't even close might not be the best option.

3. One of my favorite things in the world is when people want to listen to my stories.

I love words; stories help me see life better. I want to hear others' stories; when I get to do this at work it doesn't feel like work. And I know in my life, the noise of the world and my heart somehow quiets when someone listens.

4. It's still better to listen than talk.
Enough said.

5. I use my iphone more for writing myself notes than Apps or games.
What's an App? Just kidding.

6. When I write a post after midnight, it is incredibly long and wordy.

See other related numbers about talking and listening.

However, I'm encouraged by Lisa-Jo's post today, you know for FIVE minute Friday, when she wrote and I quote her quote, “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” –Saul Bellow

7. There are ebbs and flows to life and that is a good thing.

Life doesn't always move fast. Life doesn't always move slow. Okay, I'm not sure this is any ancient wisdom. I'm just sayin'. Sometimes I want life to race ahead and I think I can outrun God. It doesn't work like that. Then there have been times when life moved at snail speed and I didn't understand how people could talk about the months and the years moving by quickly. Life has ebbs and flows. Maybe on some level my heart has always known this but it has has to relearn it. I get to live in this moment.

8. I'm THAT bloggy reader.

 The one who reads your blog, and loves it. But for whatever reason (there's no good one), I rarely comment on your blog.
I read an article once about being a blogger and it said if you didn't comment on people's blogs regularly it was a sure fire way to keep down the traffic to your blog.
The reason I write isn't for traffic, but I love connecting with you.

I'm continuing to learn community in any form has to be shared. I still like blog-land more than I thought I would. I love sharing space with writers and dreamers and thinkers and other believers. This is a space that is inviting and challenging and peaceful and when I let it be, risky. Isn't that what community can be like in all of life?

9. People want to see the real you no matter what arena of life you're in.
Don't hide it. Period.
Who I am is many things that I continue to learn not to hide.
I like kids more than adults sometimes. I find myself telling moms at work that 10 passenger vans are a good idea (I can't help myself). I would be content reading and writing all day long. I am drawn to books by their titles (and perhaps by their content, a little - next on my list is Sparkly Green Earrings :) ).  I still want to write a book. There are still things I struggle with writing about.  I am better in afternoons even though I might complain that I want to have a normal schedule. Contrary to the sometimes belief in my everyday world, I don't think there are 'bad kids.'  Except we've all been the bad kids and we all need Christ. I can be more opinionated and competitive than I sometimes let on.
10. Laughter IS the best medicine.
That's all.

11. God is trustworthy.

I can trust Him. I'm learning trust is probably my word for 2013. Even though I had wanted bold to be. Trust might be better for me. Bold trust?

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3:5-6

My role is to trust. He will direct my paths.

What are you learning these days, friends?

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