A few of the blogs I follow have been doing a ‘What I did/read/didn’t do in June’ kind of post the past few days, and it got me thinking. What did I do in June?
I could list a whole load of things I didn’t do in June – things I cancelled, postponed, put at the end of the list. I could list lists I didn’t even get around to making!
I started the Photography 101 challenge in June…then went on holiday away from technology that would allow me to post my photography. Thus, I dropped the ball on that challenge, photographically speaking.
I was reading the Bible this morning and was reminded not to worry about the things I can’t do anything about. Not to worry about tomorrow, or yesterday, or the things I didn’t do last month. The notes I was reading alongside reminded me to be like Jesus, to stop and notice the flowers and how they’re dressed. To take time and hear that well-fed bird flapping past me.
So I’ve taken a little moment, looked at my diary, made some notes, done a bit of remembering, and I’ve come up with a list of things I did in June – things I have every reason to be thankful for – to stop for a moment and enjoy – just as Jesus would.
1. I started the month singing with a Jazz band at a fundraiser night in Wollongong.
2. I turned up to work as I was meant to – then enjoyed the break I got because the students were doing exams then on vacation.
3. I walked with several old friends and coloured in more streets on my walking map.
4. I got help from people who know what they’re talking about, and started to see lighter days ahead.
5. I saw ‘The Mafia Only Kill in Summer’ at a lovely, local cinema with a lovely, local friend.
6. I enjoyed the generosity of a friend’s holiday cottage for two nights in the Blue Mountains – with the company of a lovely, old friend.
7. I got my hair cut.
8. I completed the ‘5kg lost in 2 months’ challenge – and celebrated with a favourite food item.
9. I had a lovely holiday with two lovely friends in another cottage loaned to me by other lovely people on the South Coast.
10. We walked for 4 hours on one of the days!
11. We managed to walk the three sections of the ‘Minnamurra to Gerroa’ walk – over three days – with the vital accompaniment of dates and water.
12. I cooked one of the recipes from one of Margaret Fulton’s Cookbooks – inspired by the challenge on the Cookbook Guru blog.
13. I read some books (and rated them):
‘A Man Called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman (5/5)
‘True Word for Tough Times’ by Dale Ralph Davis (5/5)
‘The Rise and Fall of Great Powers’ by Tom Rachman (3/5)
‘The Rosie Effect’ by Don Tillman (4/5)
14. I took risks! (not my normal mode of operation)
15. I enjoyed many a crossword and coffee
And shall continue to do so….