Renewed Effort

I’ve definitely fallen off my blogging routine since the spring months commenced.  Lots of factors, but it all comes down to effort.

Other matters have demanded more time, more thought, more effort.  I’ve waned of late with the thought thread that usually provides the root of the entry I end up posting.  So today making the effort to bring things back around a bit.

Lots of changes have been in play, and a better effort is at the core of the lesson I offering today.  Making a better effort means letting yourself off the hook, picking yourself off the ground, dusting off, and making an assessment about where things stand.

Improving a relationship, getting more exercise, tightening your focus at work, being more present at home with your family, playing the guitar a little more often, cleaning out the attic.  These are just some of myriad of areas where more effort will do you well.

For me today effort means working to finish a manuscript, laid to the side for a few months now.  It means changing the sheets.  It means cutting my hair.  It means getting dinner going early for the family.

All these things required particular effort with a reset to GOOD.  Done. Onward.

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Misc Weekend

Trying to convince my three year old son to try dance class. NOPE. For that go anyway.

Back yard spruce. REALLY? Yep. A little goes a long way.

Beef cuts? Top serloin is close enough to tenderloin.

Chinese lady in the liquor store, 3 bottles of merlot? Dressed in earth tones, including a ball cap over shoulder length hair, never got off her iPhone.

“I don’t do swag” t-shirt on dude driving a red 328? Paradox of the valley.

The pink stretch hummer limo at the rose garden? Love the picture celebration location, in grandiose style.

Wife working half day Sunday means morning adventure time for the rest of us. Off to check out the new school where our oldest starts in 10 days. FUN!

Playground etiquette? Kids and I need to tune in.

New week underway. GOOD.

A Little Hungry? GOOD.

It’s a good idea to be a little hungry. Even used to it.  Not starving, malnourished, or any other otherwise at-risk state.  Just hungry.  Here’s what I mean.

You want to be a little hungry so you don’t over eat.  It’s all about portion control, at least here in the U.S.  The restaurants, by and large, don’t help.  They serve HUGE plates of food. At least two servings, if not maybe three.  That doesn’t mean you have to eat the whole thing in one sitting.  Don’t, in fact.

Case in point:  I was reading the results of a recent study that was addressing the miss-guided criticism of eating pasta.  It’s not pasta that makes one fat, it’s that many people eat too much of it.  Small portions equal the right amount.

Allow yourself to be a little hungry.

How else can you apply this simple principle?   Be hungry to learn.  Stay curious.  Keep pushing yourself to read new things, try new tools, check out a new website. Take a cooking class.  Or woodwork.  Or tap-dance. Whatever your fancy, Keep Learning.

What else?  For those things you already do well, do often, are good at…stay hungry to keep striving, to be a wee bit better.  Keep the ax sharp.

Yep, it’s good to have a healthy yearning for more.  In fact, it will make the world a better place.

Stay hungry.

Ignatius

On this day, the Feast Day of Saint Ignatius, a series of ideas and prayers from Jesuits. It starts here: AMDG. “Ad majorem Dei gloriam.” The Jesuit motto, “For the greater glory of God.”
Prayer for Generosity: Eternal Word, only begotten son of God, teach me true generosity.

Teach me to serve you as you deserve.

To give without counting the cost, to fight heedless of wounds, to labor without seeking rest, to sacrifice myself without thought of any reward save the knowledge that I have done your will.

Amen.

-attributed to St. Ignatius

“Behold God beholding you…and smiling.”

– Anthony De Mello, SJ.