2018: Page 52

Some thoughts, lessons, and/or reflections from the day:

  • The sixty degree temperatures of yesterday were replaced overnight by colder air that hovered around the 30 degree mark all day today.
  • The crisp night air was refreshing, or at least invigorating, as I walked out of the house to head to work early this morning.
  • As I went about my morning prayer, cleaning, and building prep tasks I spent a lot of time praying for those who are experiencing flooded homes as the waters continue to rise in many locations.
  • It wasn’t long before I realized that no one else had arrived at the building at their normal times, so I checked online and found the school was on a two hour delay.  There are some tasks that are easier to get done in an empty quiet building, so I took advantage of the extra time to get some work done.
  • By mid-morning I shifted my focus to the book I’m working on, with today’s writing wrapped around different aspects of how we ought to serve with generosity.
  • For many people, money is one of the first things that comes to mind when they hear the word generous.  But being generous is much more about an attitude of sharing our self in whatever ways best meet the needs of those we serve than it is about simply handing out money.
  • After work I had some supplies to return that I had picked up yesterday but which weren’t going to work for what I needed them to, so I headed to the store.
  • The return process was simple and handled in a helpful manner.
  • Sometimes I think we hold onto things that we don’t need, or that are even harmful to us, simply because we are afraid that getting rid of them will be too difficult or painful.
  • After a late lunch, I made it home and relaxed for a time before heading out with my family to see what we could find to see and photograph at Potato Creek.
  • We drove from one end of the park to the other, and even took a short hike, and only saw a few ducks and a couple geese out where they were visible.  It was looking like we were going to come up empty, but the time together as a family was time well spent.
  • As we headed back to our starting point in the park for one last look, we saw two different groups of deer along the road so I stopped to take a few photos and asked them to send the eagles our way . . . yes, I talk to the deer. 🙂
  • When we stopped for our final look before leaving the park, there was one of the bald eagles perched in the top of a nearby tree.  As we took photos of it, a second bald eagle showed up and joined the first in the tree.  After getting photos of both of them, they eventually each flew off and disappeared from view.
  • Today’s photo is a collection of several that I took during our evening at Potato Creek.

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