Today is the last day of February, and I wasn’t going to wait until March, before I shared my reflections. After all, for those who have been following my February month of blessings; I won the Red Room Challenge! And for the first time ever, my photo made it to Red Room’s front-page news. Not only, that, but I also won Chris Rodell’s delightful guide book to human happiness Use ALL the Crayons! What a perfect timing! Every day in February has brought gifts for reasons to celebrate! I could relax now and read Chris’s inspiring essays, and take those slow breaths he talks about - #81. “Take a deep breath. Take another. Studies show that slow, deep breathing is probably the best anti-stress medicine we have….”
Okay, thanks for reminding me, Chris! I’m doing that now.
It’s been a family ritual that we keep books on our coffee table whatever the current events may be. Lately, it has been news brochures from our son’s university, or church bulletins, but mostly books. My homemade book of Imprinted Wisdom, that my loving husband bound together, lay there, too. It was along side of Use ALL the Crayons colorful cover that brightens the whole coffee table. It was right there with all our February’s good fortune. I can usually find time to read a book of this size in one or two days. But with all the thrilling commotion going on with publishing, marketing, and launching Imprinted Wisdom, I was on overtime. Even so, I still looked forward to the pleasure of reading Chris’s book in-between. Since, it lay on my coffee table close at hand and always lifted my spirits of encouragement - # 234. “Attempt great, near-impossible task throughout your life and never give up or give in….”
You’re right, Chris! Thanks for keeping me on the path of knowing that I tried. I, a hairstylist, attempted to write an important book on thriving for the human race through the awareness of our blessed emotions.
True! Speaking of:
Honestly, Chris, you could have pretty much cleared the whole confusion of love and emotion in your few lines - #124. “Your marriage will suffer a reduction in the number and duration of rough patches it experiences if you understand from day one that true love is not an emotion. True love is a decision.”
However, please forgive me, but I am a bit shy with this one, since I’m unsure if it applies personally to me. Even more-so that it came to me at the same time Imprinted Wisdom was published - #325. “Remind bloggers and prospective writers eager to achieve a larger readership that, with few exceptions, no one cares to read about your family issues unless Paris Hilton is in your family.”
Chris, does this exclude me, having an exceptionally large family like the Duggars, “19 Kids and Counting?” After all, we do have so much in common, and lot of people read them!
Thank you, Chris, for your spirited guide to happiness of authentic optimism that ought to be made into a hard copy table book!
Causes Catherine Nagle Supports
Church, Single Parents, Orphans, The Homeless, The emotional and physical health care and rights of children.