What are your top 100 dreams? Think 100 dreams is a lot? So did I. In her excellent book, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, Laura Vanderkam assigns the reader to make a list of 100 dreams she wants to accomplish in her lifetime. Vanderkam says the high number releases people from self-editing or examining the probability of their dreams coming to fruition. Take some time to jot down your largest and smallest dreams. Just start writing. Fill up the page. Use the margins. Let your self be free. My partial list includes a ride in a hot air balloon, planting a garden, giving a TED talk, a trip to Paris, my house to be organized (finally),…and on and on…Your list can include anything, large or small.
Next, think about you daily schedule. Does your daily schedule reflect any of your heart’s desires that are on your list? Vanderkam proposes that happy, high-functioning people arrange their time to focus on the things they do well and the things that are important to them. 168 Hours is filled with real-life stories, research, and practical, no-nonsense advice to help the reader identify and work toward achieving her dreams.
What is on your list? How are you arranging your time to intentionally pursue the dreams of your heart?
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4
Yesterday’s post encouraged you to start each day with two minutes of silent and solitary prayer. As you spend time in prayer, God’s presence within you will create the desire to spend more time abiding with Him. Today, we turn our attention to the scriptures. In Touching the Holy, Robert J. Wicks reminds us, “Without meeting God each day in scripture our sense of God becomes too vague and open to our own musings or the tyranny and erratic impulses of our own unconscious.” Wicks suggests we commit to two minutes in the morning with prayer and five minutes in the evening reading scripture. A great place to start is with the Psalms or the book of John. Don’t study, just read. For five minutes approach God’s Word with a “spirit of freshness and quiet desire”. Use a new contemporary translation and see the words and stories in a whole new way. Seven minutes a day – you can do it! Small steps lead to powerful changes. Register for the small is powerful event.
In Touching the Holy, Robert J. Wicks advises those of us seeking a deeper relationship with God to set a goal of spending ten to fifteen minutes in silence and solitude each day, but to ALWAYS spend two. We should spend more time in prayer than two minutes, right? Wicks agrees. He explains, “…simple constant deeds are always more meaningful than rarely fulfilled great promises of fidelity… in time, a faithful schedule of a few moments of daily prayer will set the stage for a more mature relationship with God in which more time will be desired and spent in stillness with the Lord.” Commit to giving God two minutes of your day – small is powerful! register for our small is powerful event
May 11, 2012 in books
I discovered Where the Wild Things Are at college in my children’s lit class. I immediately fell in love. Author Maurice Sendak created kids who are true-to-life with real-life fears, concerns, and challenges. His Max is feisty, bossy, sassy, and prone to trouble. (I’m pretty sure he’s my inner child!) But Max is also resourceful, courageous, wildly imaginative, and an adventurer. He rules over the wild things in his world.
In a 2003 conversation with NPR’s Terry Gross, Sendak explained, “I’ve convinced myself — I hope I’m right — that children despair of you if you don’t tell them the truth.” Listen to excerpts from Sendack’s conversations with NPR’s Terry Gross here. Mr. Sendak died this week at age 83. I read Where the Wild Things Are to my own “wild things” so many times that the cover fell off. I am so thankful for Mr. Sendak’s gritty stories that address childhood as it truly is to children - wonderful, magical – and scary.
At grace*ologie‘s April luncheon and conference, we discussed our God-given assignments. Marcus Buckingham’s Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently is a great resource. It is a step-by-step guide packed with practical information to help you create your strongest life. To get started, you can take the strongest life test here.