It’s time for this week’s High Notes! I’m linking up to the past week’s posts, highlighting my favorite reads around the internet, and sharing my favorite things from this week!
Stop Complaining About People in Poverty (At Least Around Me) by Shawn Smucker
“I’m tired of listening to . . . friends complain about people in poverty while drinking their boutique beer and Instagramming their latest vacations. We live in a dream world, my friends. Of the billions of families on this planet, we were born into a place of extreme wealth. We’ve been given opportunities beyond most people’s wildest dreams. If we choose to squander those blessings by sitting in cafes and restaurants with our buddies and arguing over theory, arguing about the latest political situation, arguing over why ‘those people’ are taking taking taking too much, well, I’m afraid we will have hell to pay. If not today, someday.”
The Nightwatch by Sarah Bessey
“I am tired. I would be glad if she would sleep. If heaven is an actual place, I hope that it’s a dark quiet room with a big king bed and I hope no one bothers me for the first millennium while I sleep off motherhood. And at the same time, I wouldn’t be anywhere else.”
Multitasking Is Killing Your Brain by Larry Kim
“A study at the University Of London showed that subjects who multitasked while performing cognitive tasks experienced significant IQ drops. In fact, the IQ drops were similar to what you see in individuals who skip a night of sleep or who smoke marijuana. Now that’s a terrifying thought.”
On the Blog:
In which I discuss why exactly it seems so hard to get the inclusion ball rolling in our churches. . .
A link-up with Modern Mrs. Darcy about what’s getting me through the dreary months. . .
I finally cleaned up my office space and it’s got me thinking. . .
What I’m Loving This Week:
1. Half & half in my Coffee!
I finished up my second Whole 30 and I’m done with coconut milk in my coffee. Half & half is SO MUCH BETTER!!
2. Did I mention how I cleaned off my desk?!?
Yeah, only about a hundred times, right? But now I’m all inspired to do some other problem areas. In case you missed it, here are some photos of my finished space.
3. Having a cute 16 year old drive me around town.
4. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Not sure if this classifies as a “favorite thing” or not, because it’s kinda creepy. A friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook that was taken on a band trip during my freshman year of high school. It reminded me so much of my middle son, Travis, that I had to do a side by side comparison.
I’m officially speechless.
Sure, the resolution on the photo from 1982 is crap, but there’s no denying the resemblance. And because I feel like I need to clarify. . . I did have hair. It’s just pulled back in a ponytail.
This Week’s Lyrics for Life:
I’m not sure what it is about the aging process that makes old songs so much more meaningful. This is one of those. Just hearing it makes me want to break down and sob at the poetry of it all. Maybe you have to get to a certain age before you truly can look at anything from both sides. I think I’m there.
Both Sides, Now by Joni Mitchell
Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say “I love you” right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way
But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day
I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all
It really is true: the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know. I’ve looked at so many things from both sides, now, and am reminded every day of how little I truly understand. So thankful my life is in the hands of One who holds the past, present and future.
May your upcoming week be filled with beautiful music, joy, and — hopefully — clouds.