Time for another edition of Share Four Somethings – the monthly link-up where we share four thoughts related to Heather’s four prompts: something loved, something gleaned, something braved and something achieved. The link-up is technically not until this weekend but I needed to get my post finished earlier and decided to go ahead and share. I’ll link up on Saturday…and that is when you can read everyone’s reflections on this month of February. February has been a mixed bag sort of a month. Weather-wise of course (especially the weather) and in lots of other ways. It is a month that typically drags for me but this one has not been too bad. Nevertheless, I am ready to turn the calendar! Only a few more days. Until then, let’s look back at these past pink and red-filled weeks:)
Saturdays. Now that is something I never thought I would say and, if I’m honest, I am not 100 percent loving them (Saturdays have always been my least favorite day. I know…go figure) but they have gotten a lot better. We decided to try and make Saturdays fun again. Again, as in we were remembering how Saturdays used to be reserved for family fun days. Yes, way back in the day when life’s schedule was much more regimented into weekdays and weekends. In this season of life, all the days can quickly become the same. Our solution…bring back the weekend and, more specifically, look forward to some fun on Saturdays. We have a list of local spots and cute places that we have either never visited or it has been way too long since our last visit.
We recently discovered this super cute coffee shop. Not only was the coffee delicious but the decor was eclectic and fun….and the homemade muffins were amazing. We stayed far too long but then walked the sidewalks outside and stumbled upon a cute vintage shop. Ah, so much better than “just another Saturday…which looks so much like Thursday…etc etc.”!!
Earlier this month I had the privilege to share a few thoughts at our monthly ladies’ meeting. My thoughts stemmed from a devotional that I had read earlier from Jill Briscoe. I receive her devotionals in my inbox every morning and I really look forward to them. If you are not familiar with Jill, she is a British American author, editor, and speaker. You can find her site here. I could listen to her teach for hours. Not only do I love her beautiful British accent but she is entertaining (without being silly) as well as wise. Her devotional entitled “You Don’t Kill a Giant Everyday” really impacted me and I shared a few of her thoughts as well as some of my own takeaways.
Yes, life is full of great days – huge high days – and other not-so-great days – or even super low days. But, truthfully, most of our days are lived somewhere in the middle. Those “in-between” days and what we do and how we live on those days really matters. The “in-between” days are not for simply coasting or for becoming complacent – even lazy. No, these are the days that we prepare for the next test, trial, or even the giant that is ahead. And how we have spent our time on those “in-between” days often determines if we are victorious. Or completely defeated.
Okay, this category continues to perplex me. Apparently, I just am not that brave. As I thought on it – and then thought some more – I realize just how often I choose the path of least resistance. And I want to change that. Old dog or not, I believe I can do better. Can change – and learn some new tricks!
While considering the idea of being brave, I came across this quote: “Instead of looking at the hundreds of reasons to quit, look at the thousands of reasons not to give up.” Ah, even more, perhaps even better inspiration. I really am inspired (and a bit humbled) by the idea that “being brave” is refusing to quit. Refusing to try and/or to move forward. It is refusing to live resigned (as in, “it will always be this way.”) After many decades of life, I can easily convince myself that is the case. But now is not the time to quit or to give up….but to live brave!
As I mentioned, February is not the best of months for me. Winter typically gets the best of me by the time the year’s shortest month arrives and productivity is usually at its lowest. I feel like I achieved very little. I did manage to get all the winter decor put away. Winter decor is a polite way to say remaining holiday decor. It is all safely tucked in its bins once again. That feels good. I also got the ball rolling on plans for celebrating my birthday – and taking a trip. I’ve mentioned several times here how much I would like to get away for my milestone birthday in a couple of months. And I did more than just talk about – or just hope that it happens. Plane tickets are being purchased as I type. I am more than a little excited!!
I hope you have something that you are excited about and/or that you are looking forward to in the next few months. Maybe a trip….or just discovering a “new to you” local spot? The planning. The anticipating. And the fresh coffee:) It all really helps while we wait for winter to finally bid farewell. Share your thoughts in the comments. I love to hear from you. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts on Saturday.