Tuesday, August 31, 2010
An Amazing Coincidence (or NOT!!)
Did you ever want to KILL your spouse?
Today's picture is to show you that my humor is still very much intact, despite the somber tone of many recent posts? Little by little I am moving pictures from CD's back onto the huge hard drive of my new computer so I have easy access to them. In spite of the many conversations Mr. B and I have had regarding "rear" shots while hiking, it is obvious that he pays me no mind. This one was taken in October of 2008 along the lovely Flat Creek Trail on the North Carolina side of the GSMNP. It has provided me with some chuckles this morning, so couldn't resist sharing. I was fairly near goal when this "butt" shot was taken. Another vivid reminder that, no matter how much I weigh, my "butt" will never be small. Thanks, mom - that's one inheritance you could've kept to yourself!
Several times, I have mentioned the use of Henri Nouwen's, "Bread For The Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith" that I use as part of my morning devotion time. Today's meditation, "A Choice Calling for Discipline," brought on one of those "how did he know?" moments for me. Allow me to share:
"When we look critically at the many thoughts and feelings that fill our minds and hearts, we may come to the horrifying discovery that we often choose death instead of life, curse instead of blessing. Jealousy, envy, anger, resentment, greed, lust, vindictiveness, revenge, hatred - they all float in that large reservoir of our inner life. Often we take them for granted and allow them to be there and do their destructive work.
But God asks us to choose life and to choose blessing. This choice requires an immense inner discipline. It requires a great attentiveness to the death-forces within us and a great commitment to let the forces of life come to dominate our thoughts and feelings. We cannot always do this alone; often we need a caring guide or a loving community to support us. But it is important that we both make the inner effort and seek the support we need from others to help us choose life."
An amazing coincidence that Mr. Nouwen (who died in 1996) knew how fitting these words would be for me (and maybe for you) on August 31, 2010?? I think not. I choose life and I choose blessing. I choose the support of a loving community and will make the inner effort. I started today.
This morning's weight: (will start posting tomorrow - this is going to be painful!)
Yesterday's total number of steps: 12156
Yesterday's food: (will starting posting tomorrow)
Yesterday's Greatest Challenge: (will start tomorrow)
Yesterday's Greatest Joy: (will start tomorrow)
Today's Strategies for Success:
1) long walk on one of my favorite greenways
2) blog reading
3) finish homework on "The Me I Want To Be" and attend Small Group tonight
4) catch up on note and card sending
5) start planning our Fall Break trip (I'm so behind on this)