Tuesday, January 10, 2012

becoming an oak

since i wrote about how i was gonna start a happiness project this year a couple weeks ago, i thought it would be good of me to keep a record of my weekly thoughts/reflections of how the project is going.

this month my focuses are spirituality/meditation.

i took away a great deal this week while meditating on isaiah 61: 1-3. i thought about what i've been called to be, who i've been called to help and encourage, and how i can encourage those around me.

i spent the greater part of the week meditating on how to become "an oak of righteousness" (vs. 3). i hope that in the future i can become more of a radiant spirit, bestowing beauty, stability, and endurance to those around me, all the while striving for humility, gentleness, and grace.
yah, i know, it's a lot to strive for, but i think those things will help me leave the legacy i long to leave behind.

one profound thing i learned this week was trait transfer which was found in the happiness project.

trait transfer: 
"because of trait transfer, whatever you say about other people (he's obnoxious, she's brilliant) shapes the way people see you."

in trying to gain happiness, working on building a more positive verbal repertoire will help me feel more positive about myself. also, this has a similar vibe to "loving your neighbors as yourself."

overall, i feel more happy since last week. i disciplined myself to cross off things on my to do list every day and feel like i accomplished some things that have been hanging over my head. and kabam! my load feels lighter and i feel more free to enjoy myself!

off to week 2!

1 comment:

  1. I am blessed to be your father! A couple thoughts: First, Is 61:3 reminds me of one of my life verses: Hosea 10:12 "Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you." Second, I've read Deuteronomy many times, but this week something new and startling jumped out in Chapter 6. It was the word "diligently". While I have been humbled, troubled, and challenged as I have meditated on that this week, you have given me hope and joy. I love you!