Happy Friday. Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Feliz Navidad. And so on.
I considered making one of those “best of” lists for today’s entry. You know…..my favorite books of 2013. My favorite music of 2013. Etc. But, I considered that you might not truly care and most likely have your own favorites. Plus, since I’ve shared Flapjack Friday Faves for a while, someone could simply look back at previous entries and figure out what I think has been great, interesting, and important during 2013.
So, on another note, I will move on and report on some items I feel will be helpful for ME as I move out of 2013 and into 2014.
Yesterday I picked up Gretchen Rubin’s book, Happier at Home at the library.
I’ve been a Gretchen fan for quite some time. I read The Happiness Project and found it helpful. While Happier at Home is more of the same type stuff, I especially wanted to read her chapter on marriage. I read it last night, along with The Eight Splendid Truths, which she lists towards the back of the book. I encourage you to look them over. The sixth truth is the one that resonates with me the most today.
The only person I can change is myself.
Oh, and the eighth also hits hard.
Now is now.
Sure, nothing terribly profound. Yet what I need to hear and concentrate on. Sometimes it’s the simple things, right?
not just another journal
I’ve decided to create yet another journal. If you follow my posts, you know I currently have three journals going. So maybe this one will not be a journal. Maybe I’ll just call it a notebook. What I call it honestly does not matter one iota. What is the purpose of the notebook? I do not fully know. But my intent is to utilize it to strengthen my relationship with my husband. While a full description of my thoughts or reasons for this endeavor are not what I deem necessary to report today, I will say this: I believe this will be a helpful tool and a place where I can collect thoughts and ideas that will help me focus on what’s the most important to me. So far, I have two items to insert.
My word for 2014 is peace. I recently came across this:
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sonsof God. ~ Matthew 5:9
THE PEACE intended is not merely that of political and economic stability, as in the Greco-Roman world, but peace in the Old Testament inclusive sense of wholeness, all that constitutes well-being. … The “peacemakers,” therefore, are not simply those who bring peace between two conflicting parties, but those actively at work making peace, bringing about wholeness and well-being among the alienated.
Robert A. Guelich, Sermon on the Mount: A Foundation for Understanding
Working to bring about wholeness and well-being…… Those sound like good things to focus on in 2014.