What's Inspiring Me

Brene Brown is the older sister I wish I had. A recent blog post listed some things that were inspiring her. I bought the Willie Nelson album on her recommendation---it's great, though it makes me melancholy. I miss the Motherland. I'd love to know what's inspiring you today. Here's what's inspiring me:

Tiny Church. This past Sunday we hosted a senior symposium that brought together experts in the field of seniors and aging in place. We had lunch and a panel discussion with presentations and Q&A. I was so proud of our people, who had never done anything like this before. Best of all, I had very little to do with it, other than working with the coordinator to help her feel supported in this new thing she was doing.

Tiny Church is waking up.

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My spiritual director. I've been in spiritual direction since 1997 or so, and I don't know what I'd do without someone to help me listen for God, to ask generative questions, and to suggest practices that integrate what I know, believe, and wish to believe more fully.

I've been feeling overwhelmed with ministry and life lately---so many great things going on, but there's just too much. And ministry is so much whac-a-mole. My spiritual director suggested writing it out. There's something about getting it out, physically, through one's arm and out on paper, you see.

You'd think that someone who writes as much as I do would not need to be told and reminded of the benefits of personal writing. Yet I do. Thankful for people who tell me what I need to know, or what I've known but forgotten.

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My kids. We recently got some things shipped to our house that came in large boxes, and the three amigos quickly commandeered them and moved in, with flashlights, towels and pillows, and cutout windows to let the light in. They are such a delight.

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This OnBeing podcast featuring Gordon Hempton, an acoustic ecologist who records sounds from around the world: rain forests, the sound of the surf moving in and out of hollow logs, and more. If you are feeling the need for silence and more acute listening in your life, this podcast is well worth your time.

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Robert's Amazing Ice Cream. Robert recently got a book of amazing ice cream recipes and OMG. He's done fluffernutter (PB and marshmallow) and a deep rich chocolate so far. Thank goodness I'm no longer losing weight and am simply trying to maintain, but even that is a challenge with these delicious flavors around. Next up: malted dulce de leche.

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The Avengers. It's just a really fun, solid summer movie.

What is inspiring you?