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Flow: Lose Yourself in Something Now and Then

Many people call it flow. Athletes call it being in the zone. I call it a Very Good Thing, a state of grace, a blessing. What is flow? Wikipedia says flow “is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, […]

Flow: For Good Mental Health, Lose Yourself in Something Now and Then
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In Which I Reveal My Blogging Angst, Ask for Help, and Make a Promise

  So, writing. Yeah, been taking a break from most of that. And don’t ask me why, because I really don’t have a definitive answer. Blogging can become kind of relentless, and for me it started to feel like I had to document my life more than live it, which is not cool. Probably the […]

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Gifts We Already Have

I saw the idea for “Gifts We Already Have” somewhere in Internetland, and I took to it immediately. Made this in about fifteen minutes and stuck it on the wall. I neglected to erase my penciled lettering after I went over it with marker, but sometimes that’s the way life happens around here: “Give us […]

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Past Blast: Reality Check

From 2006: Discipline is remembering what you want. –David Campbell That line has been rolling around in my head since I read it in my daily essay a couple of days ago. I think this is the ultimate challenge of discipline for adults. (Most children don’t yet know what they want, so discipline must be […]

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Busy? Thanksgiving to-do list getting you down? Thinking with longing of the grocery store’s “Let Us Make Thanksgiving Dinner” deal you didn’t order? Stop. Just stop for a second and think with me: Find your November issue of House Perfectly-Expensively-Over-the-Top-ly Beautiful. Place it on the floor. Take a deep breath. Now, stomp all over it. […]

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Family Matters: Cultivating Kindness

Recently, I ran across the following in two places, and it struck a chord with me about some ways our family could stand to improve: Showing kindness — Courteous words instead of sharp retorts. Smiles instead of blank looks. Enthusiasm instead of dullness. Response instead of indifference. Warmth instead of coldness. Understanding instead of the […]

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I have been spending more time than usual thinking about what others like, and in many ways I find it hard going. Me, I’m easy – I know what I prefer – but when I am in charge, how much of the deciding how things will be ought to be what I think best and […]

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Big Thoughts from a Small Person

During this trip, our plan is to have each of the men take an evening to lead a Bible study or devotional. My brother-in-law, Matt, was first up last night. He took us to Job to think about God’s questions about who Job thought he was to question God, the One who created and supports […]

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For the Record: Why is Patience Never Clearance-Priced?

This is more for me than you, so feel free to move on if your time is more valuable than what’s written here.I have managed to get tendonitis in my “good” shoulder over the last week or so, and at first I just felt like it was so unfair, so too-much-to-be-asked-to-cope-with on top of the […]

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Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping, Slipping Into the Future

I have been spending a lot of time standing at the stove flipping crepes and standing at the island filling and rolling crepes over the last several days. It has given me plenty of time for that zoned-out, meandering, non-thinking kind of thinking that is too often missing in my life of appointments, facebook, trip-planning, […]

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