Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day with me. My Prince and I have just finished dinner and are waiting for the sun to set so we can go out for a soak in our hot tub. Great way to wind down before starting a new work week tomorrow. Even though it isn’t really cool tonight, we are going to light a fire in our new chiminea. And that will allow me to check one more activity off my 2018 autumn bucket list.
Spiritual Sunday, 10.2018
Seems like a lot of this month I was off my game in the devotional and quiet time department. While we were out of town, I tried to keep up my morning routine but it was hard when we were dashing off bright and early every day for a ball game. Only made it happen 3 times in a week.
You might remember that I have been reading (very slowly) Julia Cameron’s book It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again as a part of my quiet time. Cameron recommends that readers begin every day by writing morning pages. She describes them like this:
Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow. [source]
Some days I am able to write 3 pages without any trouble. But other days, I struggle to think of something to write. Pretty sure those are the days I am over-thinking things. A favorite hobby of mine. At any rate, I find this writing exercise generally very helpful and enjoyable.
Another exercise recommended by Cameron, is for the reader to write her memoir in the form of answers to questions the author poses in her book. Cameron instructs us to divide our lives into 5 year increments and then to reflect on each half-decade using questions or statements like “Who were the major players in your life at this time?” and “What did your bedroom look like?” and “Describe one taste from this period.” Those are the easy ones. But I am currently stuck on a couple of harder, deeper questions about the legacy I would like to leave behind. I am going to pose them to you.
- I would like to be remembered as…
- I wish I could leave…
- A person whose legacy inspires me is…
- As a child I dreamed of…
- One way I am already leaving a legacy is…
In my mind, I know there are no right or wrong answers. But in my heart, I feel that whatever I might possibly leave would be so inconsequential. So, I am currntely thinking on little things I might be able to do to leave some sort of legacy to my daughters and their children.
This Month’s Gratitude and Little Miracles
- the wind from a potential storm blowing in
- good run at the gym
- vaccinations that keep us healthy
- kitty loves
- feeling stylish in my OOTD (outfit of the day)
- sensational lightning display, cooler temps, and rain
- snuggling my baby and hers
- the home Lauren and Francisco have made
- the fun of anticipating a late night text that PC’s baseball team is in the play-offs
- safe travels home
- going for a walk when we really didn’t feel like it
- the snake we saw on our walk didn’t see us
- Lauren was able to get in to see her doctor after being told it would be spring before an appointment was available
- phone call from Cady and Brennyn
- earning some bonus money on my paycheck
- napping with PC by my side
What are you thankful for this month? Did you enjoy a nap? Come into a little extra money? Enjoy the cooler temps that come with fall?
How would you answer the questions about the legacy you want to leave behind? Thought-provoking, huh? Going to be working on those this week. Wish me luck!
Thank you for visiting. Usher out October well.
Hugs and kisses,