Monday, March 29, 2010

And I Never Learned How to Read!

Okay, so obviously I did learn how to read. What I didn't learn was how to retain.

I have friends who feast on words (as well as The Word). I have parishioners who use reading to combat the dark shadows of migraines and depression. I even have one parishioner who enjoys reading so much that I sometimes give her books to read for me and she will write about a page and a half summary for me and let me know if I should read it myself or not.

Yes, I know how that makes me sound.

I know there is so much out there and I am missing most of it. I also know that for the preacher, reading is the fuel that keeps the sermons coming AND going somewhere. And so it is that I find myself trying to carve out the time to read.

I need direction, much like the perennial 'C' student who suddenly decides to apply herself and needs to be shown where the actual study section of the library is (rather than the section right by the front entrance where everyone sees you, then stops and chats). I have a few books that have been recommended to me that I am chipping away at, but I am open to your suggestions.

I have even added a section to this blog that is intended to engage my competitive streak in this fight for literacy. So far I have one book read, and one book in process. Pitiful, and yet it's a start.

And so for those of you who are readers, please forgive my ignorance and have patience with me as I slowly attempt to join your ranks. And for those of you who are not readers, but know you should be... wanna play too?

Friday, March 26, 2010

RevGalBlogPals Friday Five: Refresh & Restore Edition

Songbird writes:

We're in the thick of it in church life as we approach the end of Lent. Palm Sunday and Holy Week await. In the midst of this busy-ness, I undertook a little redecorating here at RevGalBlogPals and found a new template for us.

It's the sort of task I like in the middle of chaos, a chance to redo something, to refresh the way I feel, to restore some sense of order.Please share with us five ways you redo or refresh or restore your body, your space, your blog, anything in your life that needs perking up this week.

1) I have regularly scheduled massage appointments on my calendar set for every two weeks. They are not relaxing. They are deep tissue. They are a reminder that my body needs to be restored too.

2) Right now, in the midst of approaching Holy Week chaos of all things, I am thinking about what it will mean to restore order to my health. I have been blessed with relatively good health, but the time for taking for granted such things is LONG past. Those two classics, diet and exercise, need to advance up the list of priorities, and fast.

3) Admittedly I am a clutter-bug. Organization and observation does not come naturally to me. I don't pick up that pile of books in the corner, because quite frankly I don't even see that pile of books in the corner. And yet when my brain struggles to focus I find it is these peripheral things that are creating more chaos than I give them credit for. Usually a solid 20 minutes is all that it takes to create a calmer space in order to work, live and breathe.

4) My use of social media needs some boundaries. It takes less discipline to throw out a passing comment on Twitter or a platitude on Facebook than it does to blog. But even a perfunctory glance at the time spent on those two social networking sites (even the "quick checks") reveals a need to restore some boundaries around those exercises. When I feel like I am hearing the chatter of a thousand voices in my head, I know it's time to restructure my social priorities. I miss my blogging friends. I miss my phone friends. I even miss my email friends, and there is no one to blame for this but myself.

5) Read. I am attempting to replenish my thirsty soul by reading. If you have any suggestions (recreational, pastoral, and/or theological, etc...) please let me know.