#SmallSuccess Thursday: So Many Steps

#SmallSuccess Thursday: So Many Steps January 2, 2014

Today feels almost like a regular Thursday. Granted, I did miss out on my usual pre-dawn chat with the illustrious radio producer Matt Swaim, but aside from that it’s sort of “business as usual” around here. I woke up this morning for my Women’s Christians in Commerce meeting, folks seem to be back at their desks, and my husband is back to work. I still have both boys home from college for a few more days, but that seems to be the only remnant of the vacation mode that I’ve been living in for the past few weeks.

And that’s ok.

Because I thrive on the wonderfully, crazy-busy nature of my life. I often wish that some of you could come sit at my desk for a day and experience the astounding blessings that happen in my little space of reality. My email inbox, while filled with “to do” items, also puts me in touch with an amazing cavalcade of people who lift me up and inspire me on a daily basis to be a better person. When I feel tired and overwhelmed by the demands of what I do, I go to any number of places online and turn to real friends doing real work for the Kingdom of God.

Today at WCIC we studied Ephesians 5:3-4 which (according to the NIV version) says:

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

Our group of “church ladies” had an interesting conversation about what these verses mean for those of us who aren’t super into obscenity or sexual immorality. We keyed in on both the mention of “greed” and all of the other idols which can separate us from a full, beautiful relationship with God. We also discussed the challenge of not completely withdrawing from the world around us and cloistering ourselves. I’m praying about how the call to be “in the world” but less a sinner means that I simply MUST amp up on prayer, scripture and the sacraments to keep me strong and fortified. Something to pray about in the week ahead!

All this being said, my week was scattered with a few Small Successes:

  1. Steps, Steps, Steps – Wearing a Fitbit has taught me to value motion. I’ve managed to hit my 10K step goal every day of the past week. In the last seven days, I logged over 92,000 steps, over 40 miles! Granted, not every step was at exercise pace, but movement of any kind for this desk-warrior is a good thing!
  2. Savings Culture – For Christmas, we took a family vacation to San Francisco. Since our guys are getting hard to buy for, we figured that an after-Christmas shopping trip would be a good idea. So both received some spending money from Santa. Interestingly, both boys placed the bulk of the funds into their savings accounts rather than going on a spree. I’d say that my husband’s obsessive listening to Dave Ramsey in all of our presence is definitely having an impact upon the boys and I. On at least three occasions this week, I stopped myself from making needless purchases. Baby steps…
  3. Inbox progress – I can’t claim “inbox zero” quite yet, but some newly implemented work systems are helping me get closer. More on that another time, but the small success of this week was figuring out some needed behavioral changes.

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  • Sarah

    I really admire the gratitude you exude for the many blessings in your life, from your family to your work.Your joy and thankfulness is contagious, Lisa! And way to go on getting 10K steps in everyday! That’s not always easy, so good job! The inbox is a tough one. I can never get it to zero. I save too much, I think!

  • Emily Davis

    You rock. Just in case you didn’t know.
    I am glad to hear you like the FitBit. I’m considering one.
    Blessings to you.
    Thanks for the uplifting reminder to be chaste/moral in all we do…

  • You have me almost talked into a fitbit just so I can see how many miles I go each day chasing a certain little mancub… 🙂

    I second Sarah…your enthusiasm and blessing-mindedness are contagious.

    Now, as for inbox zero…what would you do with all your free time? Huh? I think this is an urban legend…

    • lisahendey

      You — my dear — definitely don’t need a fitbit! You probably get in 20K steps a day on a routine basis!

      And thank you for your kindness. Life is beautiful and God is good! Finally, if it makes you feel better, my inbox is currently very far from zero. It was a temporary reprieve that lasted about ten minutes.