This stack of books is my homework.   I’m on a mission to understand some things I’ve never needed to know, as well as to re-learn some things that have become ruts for me and my family.  The desire has been spurred by some specific needs in our home we’ve recently learned about.  I’m going about this stack a little strangely, I suppose, for I’m reading four of these books at the same time.  Not sure why, exactly.  Perhaps I find them all so urgent and interesting that I couldn’t resist starting more than one.  Either way, it’s  helping me see some common threads between all these doctors, experts, etc. and I think I might be defining my priorities faster because of the simultaneous study.  It reminds me of my college days, studying material from various classes at the same time.  One of my favorite memories of that stage in my life was the feeling of being so mentally alive; the joy of making connections I didn’t see coming and starting a new treasure hunt for knowledge down a path I hadn’t previously known existed.  I find myself experiencing this again to a small degree and it is bringing me joy.

The smaller stack holds my journal for recording daily progress on my goals, eight small joy journals for each of my kids (which I fell behind on when we had the flu and I haven’t yet caught up), a notebook for recording thoughts and ideas as I study my tall stack of books, and Middlemarch, a classic that I’m working through much too slowly.

I like this project.  I know it will take me time to read all this literature, and even more time to digest it and apply it in our home but I’m going to do it.  I took a little break while the kids were home and now I’m back to the books!

Thought for the day:

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth.  We are happy when we are growing.”  -William Butler Yeats Wishing you a week of growth, Jennifer

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