1. Make gifts for 2 very special people.
2. Look forward to no lacrosse, no soccer, and no swimming this week!
3. Pool opens again on Friday!
4. Start planning our Great American Backyard Campout.
5. Bathing suit shopping.
6. Start planning summer calendar.
7. Call my mom today :)
8. Take more pictures, outside.
9. Read new library books with kids.
10. Celebrate last day of school with Rayzor.
I started reading The Happiness Project and it is a very interesting concept. The author starts her own "Happiness Project" because she wants her life to be happier. Her life is good, but she thinks there are areas to work on, so she breaks down these areas into 12, and focuses on one each month. So far, I've only read to February, but the book has kept me intrigued, and so I've been jotting down some notes the past couple of days and keeping my eyes open to opportunities that would make me happier.
I've tried many different methods over the past 3-4 years or so with starting my day with prayer. Lately I've tried the divine office app and enjoy listening to the prayers, but I've also been intrigued by the whole Hands Free Mama and letting go of technology to enjoy more moments with my children. (Although I still like to capture the moments on my camera!) So to go with the Hands Free theme, I've felt called to start picking up my bible in the morning. I have a lovely Catholic Women's devotional Bible that each day highlights several verses and then has a nice meditation to go along with it. So, needless to say, a portion of this morning's meditation felt worthy to share. I know, why blog about it then? Honestly, I'm not sure.
"It is a rare person who loves enough to rejoice in all goodness, whether he or she benefits directly or not. Yet we can practice this happy attitude. When we hear of something wonderful falling into another's life, we can set aside that nagging "But what about me?" and simply enjoy the beauty with that person. We may even celebrate it. It is recommended that we do this, even though in the beginning it may feel unreal, if we have habitually envied every good thing that happened to others. Our emotions carry on in their habits, but do our emotions tell us the truth? Rarely!" ~~ Marilyn Gustin