BBC News: How being alone may be the key to rest

How being alone may be the key to rest – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37444982

The article I referred to in last post.

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time for posts

Dear friends

This is a little unusual.  The house, apart from me, is empty.  My dear husband and dear children all have some activity at church this evening and since our small car broke down today (I’ll explain in another post but I don’t want to complain… let’s simply say, I’m glad it didn’t happen on my shift!), they’ve all headed out in the big 7-seater – and I’m home alone!  This is a rare thing.  I also, do not have any paid work to do – I worked a full day in the office (being dropped off by dear husband with our dear daughters at about 0815h – Son1 did the school run for Son2 today) and I finished assessing last Saturday all the log books which I’ve received to date (that’s my second home work job for a local university).

So, I can indulge myself in Wordpress, blogging, reading posts, you and me, at least for another hour or so until Son2 is dropped back home.  Rice is steaming, ready to accompany wonderful African sauces, including egusi prepared by my dear husband yesterday evening – yummy!  This moment is bliss.  I’m even on the laptop which means I can type faster than when I post from my tablet.  🙂  I’ve prepared a quick list of topics in my hard journal which have been mulling around my head the last few days – storm naming (Storm Imogen reached us Sunday night – what a noise!!), US presidential election (I’m fascinated with watching this from over here but I’m guessing for my US readers it’s either starting to get tiresome or interesting?), LDS women (there’s a few conferences and things that we’ve been invited to, I won’t go to all of them but I’ve some thoughts about being a (?an) LDS woman, a 2.3 mile run yesterday morning (yes, 2.3 miles, rather than 2.3km!), but I’m going to start with a work related topic, a design team meeting…

charity

Dear friends

I love this definition of charity which was in the visiting teaching message this month – here’s the link to the talk https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2010/10/charity-never-faileth?lang=eng  It’s Prophet Thomas S. Monson, at women’s session,  October 2010.

Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down. It is resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim through time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others.

I can definitely work on these!  As I do, I know I will come to know our Saviour better,  and so I can trust Him more.

busyness failure…

Dear friends
So after a Superwoman morning, it didn’t last and I feel I spectacularly messed up this afternoon.

Daur1 contacted me at end of school (using a friend’s phone – hers is broken and we haven’t replaced it, yet) to say Daur2 had an activity after school so what should they do. I was certain I said, “wait for her and come to office”  (about 10 main walk). However they never arrived. Thinking the activity had run late, or they had gone to the library to wait for me, I walked up to library, to school, back to the office. Nothing.  By now, (nearly 30mins after I first expected them) my husband knew what was happening and said to let him know when I ‘found’ them.  I didn’t quite fall on my knees but I was certainly worried. Then, a call from our home phone – Daur1, in a voice almost as distressed as I felt, saying I had said, “wait for her and go straight home.”  I called my husband – he was out, driving, no doubt looking for them.
So I arrived home, dear children and husband safe and well, exhausted (I had my laptop on my back since I’d left work early).
To add to my distress this afternoon, my colleague came back from a meeting with the local authority tree officer to say it was bad news – some trees need to stay – do we redesign?  I brought it home to look at – I think we can move the building further away from the tree and pavement – but we still need to inform the client!!  At least we know! 
I really need to go running – it’s been a while – early morning seminary has started back and then with making early morning station drops, that leaves me with no time in the morning.  I already wake before 6h every work day. I’m going to try tomorrow and Saturday…
I’m rambling now so I’ll finish. But, truly, I have much to learn and hopefully one day, my weaknesses can become my strengths (Ether 12 v27).

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

back to busy-ness

Dear friends
A quick one from my phone.  It’s 0905h and I’ve missed not one but two buses already. But I’ve also…
Taken one child to school,
Set other three off on buses and train,
Made one pot of very yummy porridge, well received despite…
Three children claiming “I don’t eat much for breakfast,”
Dropped one husband at station “thanks for all you do,”
Prepared six packed lunches,
Showered and dressed and am ready for site meeting at 10h.
Let the day begin!!
Oops… I must read a few verses on the bus! Ether 12 v27 is a good reminder that I am not Superwoman!
Hope you have a great one too.