April 29, 2016 Five for Friday

Forgive me internets, I have sinned. I totally skipped yesterday. Ditched. There came a point where I decided I’d rather miss it, I’d rather feel sad I hadn’t done it, than do it. I was hooked on a TV show instead. Criminal Minds. I’ve never seen that one before, as often as I’ve tried to watch it, because the premises are always just too much. I’m not a fan of scaring myself with serial killers. But for some reason, yesterday I was. It wasn’t scary like it usually is. It was abstract. I’ve never been able to watch something abstractly before. It’s a little odd, really.

At any rate, I’m here this morning and I’m excited for Five for Friday, although honestly as I write this sentence I have absolutely no idea what will show up in my list this week. Let’s find out together.

What I’m watching – Criminal Minds, like I said. I need to stop though. I’m getting far too used to the idea that there are serial killers everywhere and everyone’s a psychotic sociopath. Uggh. Profiling is just so dang interesting though. And I love that it takes time and multiple people. There’s a little less magic involved that way.

What I’m reading – How to be Here by Rob Bell. Presence is finished! Once I finish getting my notes out of it, it can take it’s place back on the shelf. It was super interesting and there’s a ton of good stuff in there – I’m surprised it took me so long. And now I’m totally looking forward to diving into How to Be Here. I’m going to the event Bell is doing and reading this book is kind of the prep work for that. I’ve got high hopes for it.

What I’m thinking about – future self vs today self. The day after I wrote that little bit, I found (in Presence) information about studies people have done about that. They said that we totally treat our future and current selves as separate entities. So separate, in fact, that our brains act as if our future selves are strangers we’ve never met before. If we can find a way to  befriend/get to know our future self we’re much more likely to act in ways that benefit it. They recommended finding an age progression software and printing out a picture of your future self. So interesting. I’m looking into it.

What I’m listening to – Ed Sheeran, again. There’s no dancing this time though. It’s different for some reason in my earbuds in a quite place than it is on full blast out for everyone to hear. I have no idea why.

Quote I’m ponderingWeeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them. – AA Milne

And

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you want.  -Margeret Young, quoted in The Gifts of Imperfection (Brene Brown)

Dang. That all poured out of me in like five minutes. Maybe there’s a benefit to ditching some times.

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