The Internet is full of good, interesting, edifying reads. Unfortunately, it is also full of garbage. In an effort to help save you time, and also to maybe bring some valuable ideas to your attention, I’m introducing a new feature here at Choosing This Moment – Worthwhile Words for Your Weekend (alliteration!), where I share links that have made me change or think or smile.
Without further ado, this week’s WWW:
As I mentioned last week when I summed up what I learned in January, I have been wrestling, really wrestling, with vocation for the last several months. Well. In the past few weeks, not only did I hear the sermon I mentioned (which was quite excellent and is worth your time), but Donald Miller wrote about letting our roles define us and Leigh Kramer wrote about not being busy and instead being available and Christie Purifoy wrote about her need to be needed and Sarah Bessey wrote about what love looks like in real, ordinary life and Annie Barnett wrote about being present in the small moments and Shauna Niequist wrote about how even something as small as using our words can make a difference and the combination of all of these posts was weighty enough to begin to get through, even to this stubborn heart and hard head.
Shawn Smucker and Stephanie Langford both have good things to say about not waiting to do those things that make us alive, but doing them today, now, while we have the opportunity. (Don’t let the title of Stephanie’s post turn you off – her article is less about the monetary side of things and more about how we spend our days.)
Susan Straight shares about how and when she wrote her books. I’ve never read anything by her, but this article gives me hope. (Hint: her life didn’t leave room for a room of her own, for coffee and notebooks and a quiet space all by herself.)
And finally, two articles on modern life which I found thought-provoking. The first, a look at how much poorer we Americans used to be just one generation ago, and the second, the effects that multitasking and technology have on our brains.
Whew! So that’s what I’ve been reading. How about you?
(P.S. Future installments shouldn’t be nearly so long, but I had a backlog of good things to share with you!)
And finally (really this time), this face isn’t a link, and it isn’t words, but it DOES rank highly on the list of things that have made me change or think or smile: