August 27, 2013
Jarring, ME Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 35
According to some interesting statistics, Praise outweighs Laments in Psalms.
Sixty-seven psalms are regarded as lament psalms either wholly or in part. Sixty-one are laments in their entirety. I find that a bit jarring.
Mathematically, to personally match that map, I’d be reducing laments to only 1/3 of my daily thoughts. This idea was pre-enforced one full day before I heard this message; phrased as a question after a little summarizing litany. “Did anything go right?” Well, no. The entire month of July and into August, so far, nothing has gone “right.” Nothing was easy; nothing was as it should have been on the first or second or even third try, in some cases.
Back-tracking a bit, back in January I began a praise jar. For a while, I kept up the daily different colored sticky note notes with mini messages to myself about things that made me smile or laugh, people I spent time with, places I went, little bits of self-praise, items on a perpetual to-do list that finally were completed. Somewhere between the search for a new home and the ensuing disasters, I gave up searching for any proverbial needle-in-a-haystack happiness.
Not everything is wrapped up nicely or even resolved, but for the moment, I’ve abandoned those items, too. Now that the furor has quieted, I’m just too underwhelmed. Faced with a domino-stacked list of what has to happen in order for other things to happen so that everything eventually happens in an orderly fashion, has me in an annoying limbo-hold.
Sometime this week, I do need to resolve the near $400.00 difference between the ins and outs of the treadmill disaster. The good news is, (yes I’m going there, so you’d better be proud of me) I really like the Sole. Still have to read the manual. It’s on my list. It’ll probably make it to my praise jar as an accomplishment. I’m also going to attempt to recreate some better moments for praise and for noting.
That in itself is going to be one, for sure, in the brightest color I can find.
Posted by jaselin at August 27, 2013 06:00 PM