30 Days of Thanks

My friend Prudy had the lovely idea of being intentionally thankful for the 30 days in November. If we gave thanks every single day, for the things, for the blessings, for the people in our lives, how would our hearts change? Where would our hearts sit? How would an intentional adjustment in my attitude change me over the course of 30 days?

So, for the next 30 days, I will share 5 things that I am thankful for. I will do the post no more than the day before (that part is to hold myself accountable for the INTENTIONAL thanks, every single day). I want to force myself to look at the unsuspecting gifts. I want to search my heart and be thankful for more than the superficial or material. I want my husband to feel the gratitude. We have much to be thankful.

150 things.

Would you join us?

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Civility in Politics

A few weeks ago, my Mom mentioned that her and my Dad were hosting a Wine & Theology party. The topic for this month was “Civility.” And, in the spirit of election season, they wanted to address the conflict of how we remain civil despite our differences.

I wish that I could say that all of the conversations that I have encountered this election season have been respectful. I wish that I could tell you that I am impressed by the level of civility. Unfortunately, the elections bring out the worst in people.

I am predominately, a conservative. My friends are mostly, liberal. For the most part, my friendships are respectful. We listen to each other, and we disagree fairly. But, my Twitter timeline has been shockingly gross. Eva Longoria tweeted that if women vote for Mitt Romney then they are stupid. Yes, stupid. Ann Coulter called President Obama a “retard” and isn’t planning on apologizing.

It is challenging isn’t it? To be respectful? To withhold the name-calling and the insults?

Normally, this wouldn’t bother me that much. I would call it typical. But, it is disheartening when I see this kind of language and lack of civility within the Christian community.

After a short rant about this the other day on Twitter, my friend Lauren replied with something like, “Remember when it was considered rude to talk about politics or religion at the dinner table? Because of Twitter, it is all fair game.”

The self that I project on Twitter, I want to be true to the self that I am in real life. The self that I project on my blog, I want to be the same self that I project in my everyday, real life conversations. If I am talking politics or religion with a friend over a cup of coffee, and we disagree, I wouldn’t dare call her a moron. I wouldn’t dare tell her that she is misinformed or “retarded” or make her feel uneducated. I would not be dismissive or arrogant. Instead, I would respectfully share my opinion, respectfully hear hers, and move on.

I don’t think we have to avoid the topics that are messy. We don’t have to be quiet about our opinions. A couple of friends in the last couple of weeks have called me “brave” for blogging about the things that I do. I wouldn’t call it bravery. I want to believe that we all can live in a world where our opinons collide, yet we can still commune together.

So, in this season, especially as we are days away from the election, remember this:

We are all people. We have different stories that shape us. Our opinions and feelings matter. You are all valid. None of you are irrelevant.

Let’s all try to remember that we are people. Democracy is what makes our country great; but, also, equality. Be tolerant of each other. Converse respectfully. And, don’t be afraid to say what you mean. Your opinion matters, and it counts.

Vacation

I am in Colorado (most likely, if not there yet, will be in a few hours). Bryant has 10 days off (6 days from work plus weekends), and I intend to enjoy every minute of it. This means: no blogging!

We get to see my niece and nephew, and spend time with my entire family. All of us together! In the same room! I could not be more thrilled about it. We are celebrating my Mom’s 50th birthday, and catching up with friends too. We are even planning a stop in our college town. It will be short, but I am still pretty excited. We are coming home next Thursday ish, so we can settle back into Utah life, but 10 whole days with minimal talk about work–FANTASTIC.

So, enjoy the next 10 days!

See you all on the flip side 😉