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Gratitude for our Ungratifying Traits

Inspiration from the iGnite Archives

iGnite - Journal_June5_2016

Point to Ponder:
What physical attributes of yours do you regularly wish were different?

Kathleen Parker

by Kathleen Parker

A couple of months ago I went to lunch with a group of friends that I have known for a very long time. All of our kids grew up together and we gather for birthdays and other celebratory events. One of our interesting topics landed on plastic surgery, which drifted to that despite our efforts to keep our faces looking youthful, our hands show our true age. At that moment I looked down at my hands and smiled. I noticed that they were larger than most women my size, and my fingers are long with maybe more “knuckle wrinkles” than most too. I also have a sunspot on my right hand that looks like a huge freckle.

As I was driving home, I continued to look at my hands on the steering wheel. I felt this overwhelming sense of gratitude as I was reminded of all the amazing things my hands have done and continue to do. They held, loved, and raised our four babies. They may not be delicate and beautiful, but they are strong! They can grip and hold a ski rope behind any boat (which is when I am my happiest!). They even won the “grip test” at the Austin’s Fittest Competition and they were great to have at the pull-up station, too. They enable me to live my dream job everyday! They are holding my husband’s hands.

Realizing that one of the least aesthetically pleasing parts of my body is actually one of my best assets has made me appreciate my big, long-fingered and sun-spotted hands.

Through our critical eyes we may see some of our greatest blessings as unattractive, too big, too small, or not good enough, but they are actually allowing us to walk, run, hold, clap, see, hear, hug and so much more. We are all perfectly made, and we are all given different gifts. So, rather than wishing we had less, more or were created differently, let’s focus on being grateful for everything we do have.


Action Item:
Practice appreciating your so called “flaws” by saying “thank you” and making a list of all of things that body part allows you do.


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A Balanced Approach to Resolutions

iGnite - fireworksHere’s to a New Year with New Beginnings and — Balance!  This year, let’s think about a more simplified approach to resolutions and try to make those resolutions realistic and sustainable. One way to do this is to prioritize your goals as you come up with ‘Less is More’ resolutions.  When we focus on doing less and doing it well, instead of doing more and assuming it’s better, we’re less scattered, more deliberate, less stressed, and more present. Our leaders are sharing their ‘Less is More’ Resolutions to encourage a more balanced lifestyle for 2016. Enjoy and be inspired!

Neissa Springmann

Neissa Springmann

Less Caffeine, More Water

“Rather than use water, wholesome food and proper hydration to boost my energy, when my energy is low I drink MORE caffeine. I absolutely know better, and when I do eliminate or decrease my caffeine conssumption and only drink water, I feel amazing!” – Neissa

Less Thinking and Over-Thinking, More Prayer

“I like to think of myself as a faithful person, but waaaay too often (almost always), I do not turn all of my questions and decisions over to God in prayer. I’m not a worrier or really an over-thinker, but I am an independant minded do-er, so too often I don’t include God in my daily decisions. I want every minute of my day to be directed by God and in order for that to happen, I need to include him in all decisions- big and small.” -Neissa

Less Spending, More Giving

“Having recently moved I purged a lot, however I am still amazed at how much excess I still have and frankly, I don’t need, and will likely never use. There are so many people who are in great need of basic things, all of which I have plenty of. Therefore, in 2016 I am going to make it a priority to spend less on “things” and give more.” – Neissa

Less Judgement, More Love and Compassion-

“Shamefully, I am amazed at how quickly I will judge someone or make an assumption about them when I don’t even know them! To be called to love one another means that we love despite flaws and having a ton myself, I certainly want people to love me and my family despite ours.” -Neissa

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Less Cooking & Cleaning, More time on the Lake

Less Collecting Stuff (Clutter), More quality time with friends and family

Less worrying about getting everything done, More time traveling with friends and family

Less focusing on wasteful errands, More time BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, of course that happens a lot on the lake!

“I am at a phase of life where enjoying every day is a requirement!
Each day is such a gift.  I am not waisting one more in 2016.” – Kathleen

Cary Fyfe

Cary Fyfe

 

Less time worrying, More time in prayer

“This takes that yearly reminder to reboot. And then again throughout the year…friends hold me to this as well.” – Cary

 

Sha Klatt

Sha Klatt

Less time thinking about being active, More time being active.

“I’m trying to do something active everyday.  It usually helps if I get it done first thing, but a 20 minute walk in the evening works too.  It really makes a difference for me to do something active everyday.” -Sha

 

 

Molly Daniels

Molly Daniels

Less time spent on technology, More quality time with my husband

“My husband and I both work from home, so it’s hard to “turn work off”. We are aiming to do our technology turn-off every night for at least one hour so we can spend quality time together.” -Molly

More yoga, Less cross training

“Thanks to Amy Younkman teaching her wonderful Vinyasa Yoga class at Treehouse Yoga, I now have found a wonderful class I really enjoy and get excited to go to once a week. It reminds me to slow down and take time for rest – I don’t always have to be going 90 miles per hour.” – Molly

Amy Younkman

Amy Younkman

Less time using technology, More time using my own thoughts.

“In 2016, I plan to tune out the need to constantly be “plugged in” to technology and instead tune into the “Amy app” where I am checking in with my own internal wisdom and guidance.” – Amy

 

 

Jill Watts

Jill Watts

Less time talking, More time listening

Less time complaining, More time being grateful

“I am trying to do these things especially with my kids” – Jill

 

Delaine Teeple

Delaine Teeple

Less eating out, More cooking at home

“It is so easy with the multitude of after-school activities and sports for our kids to just eat out on the way home instead of prioritizing a home-cooked meal and calm evening together.  I know that everyone makes healthier choices at home, and I enjoy cooking for the family.” -Delaine

Less multi-tasking, More being present with my family

“With a little more prioritizing during the school day, I could get more done (or cut things out completely!) which will enable me to be free when the kids and my husband get home to enjoy my time with them and be present in the moment.” – Delaine

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