Things I learned this week:
- If you don't start the dryer, the clothes inside stay wet. Also, if you leave the clothes (or sheets) there not drying long enough, you will have to rewash them. (This happened to me twice this week.)
- If you think the world is magically projecting calming meditation bells at you, it might be coming from your phone. (The Intention Reminder app for iPhone is reminding me to pause, breathe, and reflect.)
- Some big themes for me right now are compassion and loving surroundings. I am trying to find ways to make them more present in my own life and work.
- When I make collages, I prefer the images to be torn from the magazine rather than cleanly sliced with scissors. I like the rawness of it.
Things I'm celebrating this week:
- A great Pearl Diving session with Jamie wherein I identified those big themes mentioned above. I have a lot to think about.
- Allegiant came out! It's the third book in the Divergent series. I loved the first two and I'm so excited to see how this story wraps up. I'm a little ways in and enjoying it so far. (Okay, one chapter felt awkward and the switching points of view are throwing me off because Tris's and Tobias's voices aren't different enough. I keep forgetting who's talking.)
Things I'm still learning:
In other words, these can be tough things. Things I need to keep learning and keep practicing.
That sometimes I'm not nice. And I can't expect others to be nice if I'm not doing it.
Writing is important to my well being. When I don't write, my attitude goes down the tubes.
How to talk to children and teens. They are people with minds and thoughts and opinions, yet how often do we really talk with them.
In fact, I had a great philosophical conversation with my 16-year-old stepson earlier this week. Also, I learned he finds some of history quite interesting (particularly the history of wars.)
Then I found some posts that got me thinking more about how we talk to kids...
- Motherhood Mondays: How to Talk to Little Girls by Joanna Goddard
- ...and the article that inspired it: How to Talk to Little Girls by Lisa Bloom
- A book I read last year and need to revisit: Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded?: Stop Fighting, Start Talking, and Get to Know Your Teen by Vanessa Van Petten
So yeah, it's been a big week. What are you learning?