Pausing to Reflect

I looked up the word "abundance" online in the urban dictionary. I found two words I really like. "Bookoo" is to have an abundance of something. "Perlumptuous" is to be abundant in everything. I love the sound of these two new fun synonyms for a word I use so much. I will definitely be adding them to my vocabulary!

It has been quite a week. I know you have them too. Bookoo responsibilities… bookoo to do… bookoo you wish you could do. I trust you know the feeling, and if you don’t, congratulations! It’s not easy to simplify, to keep the margins set in our hearts and lives, to maintain our priorities the way we would want to.

A while back I was reading a wonderful book by Ken Gire. (It just dawned on me that I never finished it… and it had so much good stuff in it!) The author took a chapter from another book he had written, reduced it to a tiny font and left out as much of the spacing as he could. He turned eleven pages into three and a half. Then he asked the reader to read through it. I considered it a dare. I know he didn’t expect many to stick with it and read to the end, but I did. The reading was not easy but the content was totally worth it! What a difference spacing and paragraphs (and a legible font) make in a book!

At the end he asked, "At what point did you stop reading? At what point did you stop reflecting on what you had read? If you stopped reading and didn’t pause or reflect, how could your heart have had a chance to respond to what was written? The pauses give resonance to the words, giving them a place to live in our heart. That is why it’s important to schedule pauses into our day. The pauses give resonance to the words that we read, whether those words are spoken through a Scripture that comes to mind or through a billboard that blurs by us on the freeway or through a boy at a roller rink. A busy schedule crowds out those pauses. When life pressures us to put as much as we can into a day, we start reducing the type, combining paragraphs, editing out the spaces, eliminating the margins. And after a while, we simply stop reading."

So, how do we savor the moments?  How do we keep it simple? How do we keep the margins in our day?I’m going to devote my next few blogs to that topic.  You be thinking too.

Have a great weekend!


About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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