Friday, July 20, 2012

July Goals: Rainy Days & Reading

We've had some rain, so not quite as beastly hot as usual. But the humidity more than made up for it, LOL!

How's your month going now that we're about three weeks in? Heat and humidity, nothwithstanding, I have been enjoying it.

Here's how I did this week...

(1) Read & discuss Eat, Pray, Love with my friends Steve and Julie. Anyone else want to read (or re-read) along?

Well, my friend Steve has finished! He did it all in one weekend. Julie and I are still plugging along. The book is so rich, I find myself stopping every few paragraphs just to savor her thoughts and compare them with my own.

Consider these juicy morsels...
"In desperate love, it's always like this, isn't it? In desperate love, we always invent the characters of our partners, demanding that they be what we need of them, and then feeling devastated when they refuse to perform the role we created in the first place." -p.19
"It all begins when the object of your adoration bestows upon you a heady, hallucinogenic dose of something you never even dared to admit you wanted -- an emotional speedball, perhaps, of thunderous love and roiling excitement. Soon you start craving that intense attention, with the hungry obsession of any junkie. When the drug is withheld, you promptly turn sick, crazy and depleted (not to mention resentful of the dealer who encouraged this addiction in the first place but who now refuses to pony up the good stuff anymore...)" -p.20
Well, now! What a way to describe the process of falling in love, especially when not at its healthiest. I compared that to my memories of past relationships and wondered, 'is that what was wrong?'

Also, she writes beautifully about her spirituality, and there's a section in one of the early chapters about creating a petition that inspired me to try it as an experiment. If you already are the praying kind, as I am, then this won't be a new idea, but the way she does it is different.

And although I remember the details from the movie, the commentary is so rich, it puts the movie on pause as if Julia Roberts stopped the action to explain what else was going on and what she was thinking and feeling at the time. I am really enjoying the book!

Two final thoughts about it. I want to go to Italy. And I want my own Indonesian medicine man.

(2) Finish reading The Answer is Simple, by Sonia Choquette, and write my thoughts about it in my journal.

I need to do more journaling about it, since that helps me think through the ideas. I love that she has exercises in each chapter to help you apply the concept. 

Actually, something in the other book made me think of this one. The author (of EPL) talks about her journey to having a more intimate conversation with God, but says of her first attempt that she felt like she heard her own voice in response. Her wisest voice, something like "the me I would have been if my life had always been filled with love and certainty."

I think that is the inner spirit Sonia Choquette introduces us to in her book. The spirit entirely unsullied by experience, still tethered to all that is wise and holy.

(3) Spend an hour each afternoon hanging out with my son before we cook dinner together. This goal will mean I have to stop working earlier than I usually do.

I confess that this one has been very hard to do, especially with trips to the grocery store, Fashion Feng Shui training and the occasional afternoon nap thrown in for good measure. But we have been cooking dinner together and there were a few "quitting early" experiences.

By the way, my son and I thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas in July movie extravaganza and I even decided to make it even more special by lighting Christmas candles, wearing red, decorating a little, playing our favorite Christmas CD, giving him a card and making a gift of a few of the crystals I had in my room.

(4) Order planner and books for homeschooling. I really should start the planning process, too, but getting the books and planner in will help motivate me to do it next month. I hope!

No books yet, but I did order the planner and it came in this week! It's pretty. I decided to put our name in the bottom right corner -- it says, "Byers Family Planner" -- so  I will feel even more like using it. :)

How was your week?

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  1. Wow - I just love the Christmas theme - especially when it has been so hot! We finally have cooler temps today - 81 degrees and I have a sweater on! Yikes!!

    So glad that you are liking the books. I'm reading more *fluff* this summer- just in the mood for some easy reads. I've enjoyed reading your thoughts on each of them!

    1. Hi Aurie! We had a day like that the other day, where with the breeze it actually almost felt cool. Loved it!

      I am reading fluff, too! (I read a lot). Thanks, it helps me cement my thinking to try to write about it.

  2. Enjoyed reading your thoughts about both the books that you are reading this month. Both sound like they have given you some worthwhile and meaningful things to think and write about which is always good.

    Love your idea about doing the Christmas in July movie extravaganza! My daughters and I just watched one of our favorite movies (White Christmas with Bing Crosby) yesterday afternoon while enjoying homemade kettle corn. (I put the recipe on my blog.) It sure beat being out in the high heat and humidity...which it sounds like you have as well where you live.

    1. Thanks, Ann! Yes, I am enjoying both books and they both inspire deep thinking. Oh I love that movie, too!

  3. Sounds like your getting lots of reading in ,I need to read more :) bet it's great making tea and spending more time together ,loving your goals...I hope your keeping well thanks for stopping by

    1. Hi Claire! Good to see you. Yes, I am loving all the reading and am enjoying the family time, too.


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