Every day there is something new to learn. But we must pay attention.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Henry Ford
The plan was to post a monthly ‘What I Learned’ but that didn’t happen. Next, I thought I’d try posting quarterly with Emily P Freeman’s ‘What We Learned’ link up. I think I linked up once. Anyway, the one thing I’m learning about this blogging life is trying to be consistent.
In this ‘What I Learned’ post, I’m doing something a little different by using March as an acronym.
5 things I learned in March are:
M – Misuse of time. Whether it’s online or at a store, I waste time looking with no intent to purchase. I tend to look at books, purses, candles, and home décor but I do not need any of it. I’m learning to not even go there. I do like to browse but it really is a waste of my time.
A – Age is only a number. I celebrated a 50-something birthday in March. They say it’s only a number. This number bothered me for a short time because my numbers are running out. But this birthday taught me to value each day, celebrate more often, and get up earlier because I have much more I want to accomplish in this gift of life.
R – Rest is vital. Are you so busy that forgetfulness comes easy? Or you are feeling, oh, so, tired, because of a restless night with how-will-I-get-it-all-done thoughts? Close your eyes, take a deep breath and relax those shoulders. When I get like this, treating myself to a massage does wonders. That hour of nothing does something for my mind, body and soul. I’m learning to rest, even for a few minutes throughout the day.
C – Cease doing. Live more intentional. Cease doing unnecessary paperwork, lists and record keeping. I used to love bookkeeping and did it for a living. At home I kept records of, well, too many things. Most of it unnecessary but I enjoyed it. I kept lists on paper and records in Excel. Lists are good for some things but not for everything. There is freedom in ceasing. Now there is more time to write and read.
H – Hope. There is hope for you and me. This is an ongoing learning process to me to grasp. It’s so easy to feel hopeless when life is hard. But when I turn to my Hope, which is Jesus, life is brighter and more secure. Just like a secure anchor, Jesus can keep us stabile in the storms of life. My prayer for you is to have Hope as your anchor too.
Now it’s your turn. What have you learned lately that you would like to share? Please drop me an email or leave a comment.
I have put together 5 Scriptures on Hope for you. You can print it or save it to your computer. If you would like a copy, please email me at Barbara@BarbaraAnnRepan.com and let me know.