Friday Roundup

I know this picture is not much to look at, but that was where I stopped to take it all in.

Ben and I went for a run yesterday, it was warm enough, but still icy in some areas and I left my spikes at home so it was hard to let my legs loose. I decided to take it easy and think about all the changes {{we've been making}}, and how they are leading us to a slower, simpler life. 

As good as it's been, there are parts of me that resist this change. I think it's because the minimalist way is not just about getting rid of stuff but about making conscious choices about how we spend our time and energy, who we spend it with, and how we make it really matter, and you know what? It's a lot of work to evaluate how we live when we are so involved with schedules, so connected with technology, too caught up with ourselves to pay attention.

Not to get philosophical or anything, but I had an epiphany when I hit this part of the trail. If you had been there, you would have seen those ice chunks moving at snail's pace on the water, slowly but surely melting, making way for spring. And that's when I realized that snail pace is still movement, and that minimizing possessions is a good way to start, but the big stuff? Figuring out the values,  streamlining commitments,  abandoning or investing in relationships, that takes time.

Pastor Mark said last Sunday that when Jesus asked us to pick up our cross and follow Him, He didn't call us to a life of misery, he wanted us to leave behind all the things that don't add value to our lives anyway. I'd like to think that those things without value are the big, dirty, cold chunks of ice I'm leaving behind, even if I'm moving at snail's pace I feel lighter already.

So that's the life update, now for some links:

1. This is a piece on advice for young writers, but even if that's not you, it's worth your time. 
"Life is most transfixing when you are awake to diversity, not only of ethnicity, ability, gender, belief, and sexuality but also of age and experience. The worst mistake anyone can make is to perceive anyone else as lesser. The deeper you look into other souls—and writing is primarily an exercise in doing just that—the clearer people’s inherent dignity becomes." Right? Right.

3. My friend Les made me watch a few episodes of a British series called Black Mirror, have you seen it? I find it terrifying! This article ties into it perfectly. Are shutterbug parents wiping away their mental databases of experiences with their offspring while bulking up their digital ones?

5. OMG this house! I want to live in it!

Happy weekend!


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