5 Quick Things #237 🎒
vibrant intersections, Scottish islands, the man in the arena, and mamas
Like you, I’ve been taking in a lot of the news when I can and, hopefully like you too, have been praying a lot for wisdom for those who shoulder our societal and political big decisions. Whew. Monumental things are afoot.
When moments are about sensitive, life-involving issues, like abortion, I find it more important than ever to remember the individual human beings behind the avatars online. We’re flesh and blood speaking through the medium of digital pixels and code, full of nuance and past experiences and the weight of the image of God coursing through our veins. We would do well especially now to keep this at the forefront of our conversations. (I’m speaking to myself as much as anyone.)
5 Quick Things ☕️
1. 👉 New episode of A Drink With a Friend! 👈 Particular places in the world matter, whether they're your grandma's childhood home or the Sistene Chapel. Going to them matters, too, and it's a privilege and honor to do so because the journey, the arrival, and the conversations once we're there shape us for the better. Go to them when you can.
2. Why do we remember more when we read something in print vs. on a screen? This is a helpful reminder, both for us and for our kids.
3. It was recently the anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt’s famous “man in the arena” speech (cue Brené Brown, if you’re familiar). Here’s the full text, and here’s a helpful explanation as to why it’s such a good speech.
5. And finally, if you need something calm at the end of this week (I know I do), here’s the view of a simple life on a tiny Scottish island.
Currently Reading, Watching, Listening 📺
The Biggest Little Farm (we watched it on Hulu)
“Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.”
— John Steinbeck, East of Eden #
Quick Links 🔗
For the month of May, you’ll get $250 off your registration for our trip to Tuscany if you sign up by the end of the month! It’s coming soon and you don’t want to miss it — I’d love to have you there. All are welcome.
Question(s) For You to Ponder… 🤔
In what ways are you thankful for the organic, biological gift of motherhood, no matter your relationship with your own mother?
Have a great weekend,
p.s. An absolute work of art.