A Balanced Approach to the Friday Tradition
Since our trip to Italy, I haven’t kept up with Joy Pockets. A couple of weeks after our return, I mentioned that every time I set out to write them, I felt insincere. I was feeling off, and just not in a place of deeply focusing on gratitude. There was and is so much going on in our lives, both joy-inducing and frustrating, and I guess Joy Pockets weren’t the best way to really reflect on all of that.
Interestingly, just as I was feeling all of this, the creator and host of Joy Pockets, Mon was feeling out a new, more balanced version of her Friday reflections. Keeping it Real looks at what Mon refers to as the highs and lows of the week, instead of focusing on the joys alone. I love this new approach, as all experiences have something to teach us, and reflecting on the challenges of a week can make it even easier to appreciate the beauty in it all. Needless to say, I’ll be joining.
So here’s my week:
Persistent grumpiness breeding guilt breeding grumpiness
Feeling buried in things we simply don’t need.
Unpleasant conversations – conflict.
Things forgotten until it was too late.
Frustration with my studies, and a sense that I’m wasting my time.
Periods of feeling refreshed and able to let the grumpiness go. Pure enjoyment.
Realizing how fortunate we are to have more than we need.
Positive feedback and encouragement.
Growing connections with some wonderful, generous people.
Wonderful news from friends.
What sticks out about your week? Any highs or lows to share?