Noticing Some Details of Life

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Jan from RevGals offers this Friday Five:

Stairs to creativity always include flowering plants!

I am currently reading a book entitled Stairway of Surprise: Six Steps to a Creative Lifeby Michael Lipson. His premise is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “I shall mount to paradise by the stairway of surprise.” Lipson’s book is about practicing or developing six inner functions–thinking, doing, feeling, loving, opening, and thanking.So these categories of attention are a jumping off point for today’s Friday Five:

Pick five of the six actions and write about how you are practicing them today or recently. For a bonus, write about the sixth one you originally didn’t choose!

What or how are you . . .

1. thinking? I am planning how to take my summer bucket list ideas and make them into doable action steps.

2. doing? After I write this, I will do physical therapy exercises and walk.

3. feeling?  I am tired (didn’t sleep long enough as the sun always wakes me up). But I am feeling encouraged by the work I accomplished the last week. It was my first week back after medical leave and  there are lots of “hot” projects to finish.

4. loving? I am loving that my nieces came home from youth camp with memories of fun and a strong desire to love Jesus.

5. opening? I opened my sliding glass door blinds and door to let in the sun and cool morning air.

6. thanking? I am grateful for a daughter who shares her healthy food ideas with me. I.e. Folks with gallbladder issues should eat beets and okra. Now that I have both I am wondering how I am going to cook the okra (no deep fat frying) and eat it. And I am praying I can have a thankful heart as I eat these vegetables.

I am interested in reading the above mentioned book especially the chapter on thanking.

Your Turn . . . Why don’t you share your answers to one of more of the above questions?


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  • 1. Jan  |  . at .

    Thank you for stopping by my blog with your encouraging words. I am sorry that you are struggling and hope that each day is better than the one before. Now I have to go and look at your label “letter writing,” as that has always been a love of mine, though I am more likely to be a “note” writer these days.


  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    Thanks, Jan, for your encouragement. I am getting stringer each week. It is soooo coincidental that you mentioned my letter writing category. This is a third Sunday and I planned on writing about this topic today. I look forward to reading more from your great site, Yearning for God.


  • 3. Joolie  |  . at .

    Thanks for stopping by my site. I hope you found something good to do with the okra. I enjoy beets, but have never gotten anywhere with okra. Peace.


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      To be honest, Joolie, the okra is still sitting on the counter. I’ve had it before and it was slimy. I soooo need to just cook it up and mix it with rice as that’s what my dd does.


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