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It’s the last day of the month and that means I’m linking up with Emily over at Chatting at the Sky to look back on what I learned in March.
I have been reading the book The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers: A Proven Roadmap to Becoming a Full-Time Blogger by Jonathan Milligan. I loved this book and am starting to implement some of what I have learned. The best thing I learned from reading this book is called The One Thing. Basically, you select one thing that is your top priority for the day and you get that one thing done before doing anything else. This idea has been working so well for me. I write down my one thing the night before and then I work on that before I do anything else. I get up before my family in the morning and spend my time working on my one thing. I don’t look at email or social media. The focused time has made all the difference for my productivity. This method helps me feel accomplished first thing in the morning, and I have noticed that once The One Thing is out of the way, I get so much else done. The author got this idea from Gary Keller’s book, appropriately titled, The One Thing. I am adding this one to my list of books to read.
How to Belay
I took three of my kids to the Phoenix Rock Gym during spring break. My kids love to go to our local rec center to climb so I figured they would love this. At the rec center, employees stand at the bottom and hold the rope and I sit on a bench and watch, but at the Phoenix Rock Gym if you’re over 13 they train you on the spot how to belay. If you aren’t familiar with rock climbing, the person that belays holds the rope and using a braking system to make sure the climber doesn’t fall. I was really nervous for this, but it turned out to be so fun. I loved being in on the action as my kids climbed.
I participated in the Crossfit Open, which is a different workout for five weeks. The workouts are hard and I did better than I expected on some and worse than I expected on others. I do a Crossfit WOD four or five times a week and although I have great coaches who help me, they aren’t watching me all the time. In the Open you have to have a judge watch you to make sure that you perform all of the moves correctly and to count your reps. The main thing I learned this time around from the Open is that sometimes it’s good to be judged. It’s helps you know what you need to improve on and I definitely learned that from this experience.
Feed My Starving Children
During spring break I went with two of my sister-in-laws and our kids to Feed My Starving Children. FMSC is an awesome charity that sends food to starving people all over the world. They allow volunteers to come and pack the food and that is what we did. At the end of our session, they told us how many boxes we had packed. The boxes were stacked on pallets in the back of the warehouse. The woman said that when the boxes are opened again it will be in a dark place in the world. She asked us to join them in praying over the boxes before the boxes left the facility.
I grabbed my kids and we went to the boxes. Someone offered a prayer of which I could not hear the words of, but it didn’t matter. I was praying in my own heart and I felt the Spirit so strongly. We were sending light to people who were in darkness. It was a moving experience, and we can’t wait to go back.
Bringing Light to Dark Places
A few days after my experience at Feed My Starving Children, I ironically came across a story told by author Robert Fulghum who asked Dr. Alexander Papaderos, “What is the meaning of life?” Dr. Papaderos had a mirror in his pocket. He told how as a boy during World War II he had found the mirror of a broken motorcycle on the side of the road. He played with the mirror and realized he could reflect light into dark places where the sun would never shine. Dr. Papaderos said this,
I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of light. But light–the light of truth, understanding, and knowledge–is there, and that light will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it.
…I can reflect light into dark places of this world and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of life.
I don’t think it was a coincidence that I found this story shortly after my experience at Feed My Starving Children. I have thought a lot about how I can reflect light into dark places. I am grateful for my Savior who is the light and is my greatest example of how to reflect light.
What did you learn in March? I would love to hear your insights.
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