Saturday, January 25, 2014
Monday night I went to a leadership meeting for Young Life. Young Life is a Christian organization that was super important to me when I was in high school. I volunteered for them all through college and for almost ten years after I graduated. Wyld Life, the middle school version of Young Life, is active at my school and I've been approached about volunteering again. I've been really hesitant, though, mostly because the average age of leaders is about 25, and I'm well, ummm, I'm a little older than that. I've been meeting with the area director and finally decided to take the plunge. I was surprised at how nervous I felt about going to the meeting. At the meeting, three leaders shared their life stories. I was struck, as always, by the power story has to bring people together.
I finished ONE THOUSAND GIFTS this week. A pretty amazing book, one of those that I need to read about ten times before I really understand it. I'm going to start all over again in the next few days.
And along that same theme, I found a new-to-me poet that I love this week.
"Learning to Say Thank You"
All day I try to say nothing but thank you,
breathe the syllables in and out with every step I
take through the rooms of my house and outside into
a profusion of shaggy-headed dandelions in the garden
where the tulips’ black stamens shake in their crimson cups.
I am saying thank you, yes, to this burgeoning spring
and to the cold wind of its changes. Gratitude comes easy
after a hot shower, when my loosened muscles work,
when eyes and mind begin to clear and even unruly
hair combs into place.
Dialogue with the invisible can go on every minute,
and with surprising gaiety I am saying thank you as I
remember who I am, a woman learning to praise
something as small as dandelion petals floating on the
steaming surface of this bowl of vegetable soup,
my happy, savoring tongue.
A couple of terrific articles I read this week:
New York Times article, "Reading Books Is Fundamental" by Charles Blow.
A Nerdy Book Club Post, "Top Ten Things Picture Books Taught Me." Thanks, Beth Shaum!
Finally, lunch today with a dear, dear friend.
Fajitas and rich conversation and fellowship.