Wednesday, March 18, 2009

thanks

You know every once in a while a favorite song comes on the radio and you start to sing along but it seems like you can't get the right octave or something? And it's a favorite song, but still you're reduced to sort of saying the words along with it, not quite enjoying yourself, but realizing the whole time it's a great song and that you *should* be loving it, but you aren't.

Today was one of those days for me. It's a day that if you look at what happened, what I did, the great moments, it should have been a really great day... intellectually you look at it and see it's a great day. But it just doesn't feel quite right for some reason.

So I thought it might be a helpful exercise to write out a few of the things about today that I'm thankful for and enjoyed. It's like stubbornly trying to get the chorus of the song right, at least.

A few great moments today:

My kids were friendly and loving overall, and we had a lot of fun together.

A good conversation with a good friend about work... someone who is giving me good insights into my own shortcomings and helping me work and lead better.

A great follow up conversation about the same issues with my lovely wife.

A lot of time spent getting ready for our upcoming trip to Australia.

NavPress sent me a book to review... a book I'm looking forward to reading called Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture
.

I bought two books I'm excited to read... for the long ride to Australia. David Duncan James' The River Why
and Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian(Modern Library).

Got some great news--really exceptional--good news over email today.

Had some great insights while reading the new Flannery O'Connor book Krista bought me last night.

LOST is on tonight.

After I put the kids in bed I made an unintentional pun about how they were "firmly embedded." That made me laugh.

I feel better now. Thanks, blog.