Anyone who know me knows how important reading is to my life. From my perspective, it's important to always be exercising the old noggin.
The Gospel Plan is by a man who was known by his peers as a "logician". It is an amazing book that delves deeply into the various arguments made by opposing denominations within Christianity. If you are interested in what a "logical" view of this topic looks like, then this book is for you.
Atomic Habits, breaks down how habits are formed and developed in a person. This is my second go round with this book. The first time I went through this book, I became so convicted, that I purchased the below journal.
I highly recommend this journal if you are trying to follow the prescripts of Atomic Habits. It has some built in features that really help you track your new habits.
My biggest challenge this week has been staying focused. I am getting to a season in my life where the high volume of information hitting my brain each day is getting overwhelming. These days, I honestly find myself wishing I had a flip phone!
Still, I have gained some relief by using the Clear Habit Journal to note my thoughts throughout the day. I also find journaling each night before bed, helps.
I highly recommend this habit. It is amazing how much better you sleep when you dump everything from your mind, recapping your day.
This week I have had a few discoveries worth noting. Not that they are all that groundbreaking, but I've never before experienced their relevancy in my own life. For instance, I now have a real-life understanding of the old cliché "less is more". I feel like this saying actually applies to all area's of my life. Food, possessions, friendships, distractions, etc. Through lots of reflection, I have begun to recognize how I was coming to a place of exhaustion over processing excess stuff.
These excesses come up in work life as much as they do my personal life. A tool that helps me on the work side of things, is Zoho One. I actually converted all of my business functions to this product about a month ago, and I have loved the results. (On a side note, if I still owned a vehicle wrap shop, this product would be my secret weapon in client retention and shop operations.)
On the personal side of life, I have been using OmniFocus for my daily task management. It is helping me to clear the air in life, and to spend my time more effectively.
I always try to take time out of life to be appreciative. This week my focus has been on gratitude for the blessing of my oldest daughter. Through her, I am learning to take a broad brush approach to parenting; focusing on not missing the forest for the trees. Yes, looking to the details in life is important, but we can't allow ourselves to miss the bigger picture.
My daughter has helped me see that bigger picture in ways that have changed my capacity for appreciation. Especially appreciation for the difficult responsibilities I have to face as both the authority figure and primary provider in her life. I can't thank her enough for the insight she has shared with me this week regarding these challenging topics.
A Final Note.
A final note as it relates to reflection. I spent a good amount of time this week thinking about how my bold personality often lacks that much needed humility. This is a counterintuitive catch-22. The wiser a human is, the less they speak and the more they listen. This is an aspiration that will be a part of my daily agenda.
Verse of the Week.
"With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" — Ephesians 4:2-3
See you next Friday.