Monday, January 17, 2011

Soundtrack for a Revolution.

It's MLK day and you NEED to watch this film. It's on Netflix get on it. I took a Civil Rights history class at Auburn and ever since, I've had a renewed understanding and a love for what this movement did for our country and the challenges it still presents today. Not to mention the music birthed out of those years,the heart and soul of the movement, is proof of what music can do.

"Keep your eyes on the prize..."

Sunday, January 9, 2011

be sticky.

"You catch more flies with honey, honey."
(based on the sayin', "you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.")

These words, confusing at first, were spoken to me a few weeks ago in the midst of a conversation in which I was learning that though I want/need to be more direct and less of a pleaser (especially in my responses/advice to people, I've had a few "fails") I need to retain virtues of kindness and gentleness. As I've rolled these words around in my mind, and experimented with them in the realities of life, they've taught me a few things:

Speak gently.

Respond graciously, calmly, confidently, humbly

Be willing to be wrong (it's not my way, always.)

*Be teachable

"Consider others better than yourself." -Paul, Philippians 2 (think about that one for awhile..whew!)

Listen intently...with your ears and your heart.

Try giving advice only when asked...and if you do give it, give it sincerely, lovingly and humbly.

So, in a sense, what I've learned is to "be sticky". This isn't about pleasing people or telling them only what they want to hear, but what they need to

May love be the undertones of our conversations, our actions and ultimately our life.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

you're a wise one, jane.

"To be fond of dancing was a certain step toward falling in love."
Jane Austen :: Pride & Prejudice

note to reader: i may catch a lot of heat (cheese?) for this post, but I can't help myself.

Monday, January 3, 2011

11 for 11.

Here are 11 questions for '11...

Chase (boyfriend) sent these my way. They came to him via another friend and I'm grateful these found a way to him because I think they provide a motivating segway into the new year that is sprawled out before us. I hope to go back to these throughout the year and let them serve as a guide and hone me in as I journey throughout the year ahead...hope you will too.

  1. 2010 was _____
  2. I experienced Jesus/the Gospel through...
  3. I was surprised by....
  4. I learned...
  5. Two blessings from this year I'm thankful for are...
  6. If I could do 2010 over again I would...
  7. In 2011 I hope to see the Lord...
  8. Next year I want to show the love of Christ/serve through...
  9. In pursuit of Jesus I hope to cast aside...
  10. In 2011 I want to work on myself in these ways...
  11. Three things I hope to pursue next year are...
let us begin.