Friday, September 26, 2008

.days like centuries.

Before I begin my thought for today, I have to give a shout-out to my favorite show: THE OFFICE! It premiered last night, and I thought it was great. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the writers will let Jim and Pam stay together (no Ross and Rachel drama, please!), and that Ryan won't be too annoying this season. I must say, I'm pretty impressed with the addition of Holly. Check out this sneak peek of next week's episode to see why she and Michael are meant to be:

Okay, so on a totally different note...

Today I was checking out the latest articles on when I came across this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson (one of my favorites!): “I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish days to be as centuries, loaded and fragrant.”

Oh, Ralph. I feel the same way! Here, then, is a list of how I intend to fill my days with joy and meaning:

-Scheduled prayer. (You can read more about this concept here and here.)

-Reading good books. I’m finishing up Wicked (not recommended) and then plan on starting Redeeming Love. Today after work we’re driving up to Montgomery and ultimately Birmingham for my bridal shower, meaning plenty of drive time for the parents, and reading time for me!

-Eating better. On Wednesday I was given my introduction into Chinese medicine. I’ve decided to give it a try to see if I can build my immune system up and avoid getting my tonsils removed. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. I’ve got to start taking these herbal pills, and if I really want it to work, I’ve got to start eating some different things. I’ll go into detail in a different post, but just know this means avoiding cookies and breads… Bummer.

-Relaxing. The “big day” is getting closer, and as I look at my calendar I’m struck with the realization that things might get crazier around here. I’ve got to focus on being calm and relaxed if I want to make my days count.

-Loving people. Everybody. Not just my fiancĂ© or my family. Everybody. Even the people that drive me nuts, the ones that let me down, the ones I don’t know at all. Yesterday I got a little discouraged about friendships I’m trying to establish here. Things have been slow, but I’ve got to just keep on trying. I’ve got to be courageous and occasionally step outside of my box in order to show the kind of love Jesus showed the people around Him.

I long for my life to be sacred, for my days to be like centuries. Let’s see if I can make it happen.

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