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Meet my kitty Winnie!

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Say hello to my faithful companion.  She was a rescue kitty, and while she doesn’t like to be picked up, she’s a good cuddler and purr-baby.

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What true leaders know

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Dear friends,

True leaders know that the seed of an idea can be nurtured and grown in the soil of fear, or the soil of goodwill.  Both types of soil are fertile, and if the plants are well-tended, both will bear fruit.

By our fruits we are known.

Let’s consider these ideas:  Our skin color makes us different.  Our religions make us different.  Difference makes it difficult to connect.

Consider what happens when those idea/seeds are planted and cultivated in the soil of fear:  Difference means hierarchy, it means scarcity, it means estrangement.  It means that some of us are better than others, that there’s not enough to go around, and we must retreat to our corners and fight for what is “ours.”

Now consider how those plants grow in the soil of goodwill.

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Difference is acknowledged, and honored.  We’re not all the same, but the things that make us different enrich the human community.  We are curious about difference, rather than threatened.  We don’t worry about scarcity, because we know that if everyone is allowed to perform at their highest potential, we will all benefit.  Estrangement is overcome, as we are motivated to connect, not self-segregate.

True leaders know that a climate of fear is toxic to the human community.  The fruits of fear are anger, attack, suspicion, and disconnection.  And the other fruits, the fruit of goodwill that would see us all connected?

“The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  (Galatians 5: 22-23).

That’s the climate each of us needs to create in our communities, in order to bear good fruit.  We can start by recognizing when we’re acting toward others from a place of fear.  Whatever we feed and fertilize will result in a harvest.

Blessings,

Annette

 

 

 

Is reading a pleasure or a chore?

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Dear friends,

I enjoy watching YouTube videos on various topics, and one of these is reading / books.  Some channels are devoted to reviewing and recommending good reads to others, and I enjoy touring other readers’ bookshelves and learning which authors and titles they especially enjoy.

Occasionally these “BookTubers” (as they call themselves) will take part in a reading challenge, where they commit to reading several books over a weekend, or commit to reading a certain number of hours over the coming days.  These challenges can be quite daunting, like reading 24 hours out of the next 48.  When the challenge is over, they report back on their results.

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I’ve noticed something about these reports.  Many of these readers seem tired and irritable, and I wonder if these reading marathons gave them much enjoyment.  They seem determined to “get through” a certain number of pages, or a certain number of books, and if they don’t, they apologize for their “failures” – as if reading for 20 hours instead of 24 constitutes a failure.

Most of all, they don’t seem happy.  I imagine for most of these people, reading began as a fun hobby.  These challenges seem to make it into a chore.

I occasionally post a “Three Books and a Movie” video on my YouTube channel, but I don’t have a schedule for these.  Whenever I finish three books, I make a video.  I considered having a schedule (weekly? monthly?) but I didn’t want reading to become a chore, or something I felt compelled to rush.

I enjoy reading for pleasure.  Do you?

Blessings,

Annette

You can watch my vlog on my YouTube channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWtHms3IiMYL7VuPvAeJ_bw

 

I love people, but y’all wear me out!

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Dear friends,

I really relate to this piece on being an “extroverted introvert.”  Do you?

Link:  https://wizzhouse.com/an-extroverted-introvert-gives-14-real-life-examples-of-extroverted-introverts/

Blessings,

Annette

You can watch my vlog on my YouTube channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWtHms3IiMYL7VuPvAeJ_bw