Page 132 was a long workday so I’m writing the page the next morning. 🙂 It finally felt like I slept well, but I was still awake before the alarm went off in the morning. So, after a quick stop at the store to pick up some pop for the machine at work, I began my morning cleaning routine in the quietness of what turned into a beautiful day. On my first trip out with trash, the darkness was giving way to twilight and the scattered clouds suggested it would be a gorgeous sunrise. So, I grabbed my camera and set it up to time-lapse record while I finished the cleaning and building prep. When the building as ready for the day, I retrieved my camera and found that the sunrise was indeed worth capturing as one layer of scattered clouds was moving away from the camera and a lower layer was moving toward the camera. Each layer would pick up varying shades of color as the sun would rise behind them.
After filling the pop machine, I sat in my office for a short time and looked up from my desk to see a hawk swoop in and carry off a small bird that had been perched on a dead tree limb outside my office window. Fortunately, I think I’m too large for a hawk to carry off so I headed outside to start the mowing which would be my primary task for most of the day. I find that sitting on the mower seat on a warm, sunny day is very relaxing and enjoyable. By early afternoon it was time to take a short break to get some lunch for me and some gas for the mower. Once the mower and I were both filled back up, we went back to work for the rest of the afternoon. By 5:30 I had covered the entire lawn area on the property and it was looking nice so I headed inside to enjoy a cold Dr Pepper before beginning the cleaning to get the building ready for Sunday. The chair team had come early so they had the one end of the building done and ready for the weekend, which was a nice time-saver for me. As I cleaned bathrooms and floors that I had just cleaned in the morning, I was reminded of both the necessity of regular cleaning and the benefit of doing so. The day to day activity of life allows unseen dirt to accumulate but regular cleaning helps the task to become a series of touch-ups that don’t require drastic effort. The same is true in our life. The “daily grind” has a way of grinding some of that day into our life that is easier to clean up if we do so on a regular basis rather than waiting until it becomes a major restoration task.
With only having to clean one end of the building, I finished up just as the sun was beginning to set so I made a quick stop along the river before going home. Today’s photo is of a pair of ducks resting along the riverfront. It’s as if they came out for the view and fell asleep while watching the sunset. It makes sense to me. I went home and instead of writing the day’s page, I ended up sleeping through most of a television show before officially calling it a day and going to bed. 🙂
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- It’s amazing how quickly my internal clock resets its alarm after just a few days of waking up earlier than planned.
- Habits or routines, call them what you like, can be very helpful or very harmful. It depends on whether we allow good or bad to become the routine of our life.
- Trouble can be a lot like the clouds in the sky. Too much and our day begins to darken when it should be filled with light, but just the right amount will amplify the light and reflect it in beautiful colors for all to see.
- Long tasks don’t have to be boring tasks when you turn the into God-seeking tasks.
- Don’t let dirt linger in your life. Take care of the temptations, thoughts, and actions before they become habits.
- Sometimes the best thing you can do is to just sit quietly with the ones you love, and with God, and rest.