December Reflections

December was up and gone before I blinked.  It was filled with “catch-ups” through Christmas cards and annual holiday parties as well as more memory making trips.  Here are a few highlights despite the fact that next week I should be doing January’s reflections.  (Where has 2017 gone?  February can’t be happening.

Photo Review:

Christmas Eve Gingerbread Project — with CSI plot

Lantern Lift-Off for my Nephew, Caleb and Cousin-in-law, Emily’s birthday

Morning Walk in Veteran’s Oasis Park, Chandler, AZ. Love at first sight.  This lovely cactus I’ve never had the privilege of seeing before.  I wish I was around when it blossomed.  Now to figure out it’s name… Wildlife!  On the Way to Vegas…December 31st — Officially Happy 50th!New Year’s Eve on the Vegas Strip.  Bucket List!Quotes to Chew On:

“In this world, love is marked by suffering, crying out, and a deep and abiding longing for the day when God will wipe away every tear (Rev 21:4) Goggin & Strobel (Nov30CCCG.biola.edu)

From Barbara Bradley Hagerty’s Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife

“If you want a healthy glow and a happy midlife, here’s a secret.  Give it away: your time, your money, whatever is at your disposal, give it to someone else.  Especially your time….As it happens, not all volunteering is equal.  Why you volunteer and how you volunteer actually matter (p. 300)…I must shift my eyes from the next step on the ladder, the one just outside of my reach, and scan the horizon for my unique contribution, that combination of storytelling and voice that I am tailor-made for — something, perhaps, that no one can do quite the way I can.” (p. 316)

Unspoken theme of the research on midlife…”autopilot is death, yes, you need to engage life with verve, but please note the fine print.  It’s arduous.  Flipping the switch from autopilot to engagement demands intention, energy, and effort every single day.” (p 356)

“But no matter the medicinal virtues of being a true friend or sustaining a long close relationship with another, the ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the self nor of the other, the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied for them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.”                                                            from David Whyte (Friendship)

Songs on Repeat Mode:

Walls by Kings of Leon

Even So Come by Passion

It’s Quiet Uptown by Kelly Clarkson

On My Nightstand:

Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty (excellent!)

The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable? About Restoring Sanity To The Most Important Organization In Your Life by Patrick Lencioni (not well written but some good information)

The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves by Curt Thompson (enjoying)

Me Before You Jojo Moyes

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