With the closing of the March, 2015 is a quarter spent. New Year’s Day seems a long time ago, as does the list of goals I set for myself by the fireplace that cold winter evening. Time has this tendency to move right along, not stopping for anyone or anything. The constant ticking of the clock on the wall often is the cause of anxiety and regret as the hours move past into days gone by. But when I pause to mark the passing time by taking pictures and noting what I learned, things seem to hold still for a moment. If just for a few minutes, I am on the outside of time looking in. And I see much.
1. When I get the feeling that what I’m about to commit to is going to be more than I can handle and will cause great stress, I should probably say no. Specifically when the task is learning 92 pages of music in a week.
2. I prefer to ride. Between snowmobiling, driving over mountain passes, and dirt biking, I am happiest letting my husband run the vehicle. I’ll just hold on tight and enjoy the view.
3. Tapping quarter notes on a MIDI keyboard is harder than it would appear. As we work towards opening day of Seussical at the high school Tanner teaches at I have undertaken the running of Orchextra – a recorded orchestra that is connected to the keyboard. It takes a lot of concentration to keep the quarter note steady, and sometimes my hands start cramping. Better than learning 92 pages of music though, I guess.
4. The amount of settledness and serenity I feel in a clean house is enough to make house cleaning a priority. Especially the evening tidy time. If I can spend the last minutes of the day with the peace of everything put away and cleaned and wake up to it still looking that way my day’s pleasure increases greatly.
5. The more pictures I take, the more I want to take. I’ve become kind of an instagram-addict. Maybe you would enjoy my photos constantly popping up in your feed?
6. I have hours of operating that really should be observed. I do myself and everyone around me a favor by not extending my hours later than 10:00 pm.
7. Best picture awards and nominations doesn’t mean the movie is good. Disney’s animation studio, however, usually makes really good movies.
8. Never underestimate the life that outside exercise can bring. It always seems like it will take more of my already depleted energy to go on a run or a hike or a bike ride, but when I actually work up my motivation to get outside I always experience replenished strength.
9. No matter how long the break, going back always to the everyday routine is rough. But it’s in the everyday that we are called to live. That’s where the life is. I don’t want to live on vacation. I want to live here.
10. Grace must become my breath. It is actually sufficient. Resting in it and receiving it will go further than any striving ever will.
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