Why hello February, and so another month passes on by. January was a really interesting month there was a lot of self reflection and discovery for me. Personal growth for me always feels awkward. Maybe it does for everyone else as well. Even when the journey is less than graceful I love that point when you finally stop trying and fighting and the change just seems to happen. I think often times God brings us to that awkward point where we need to change, and have to change but also we need to realize that God changes our hearts, and minds. So no matter how hard we try it really is an awkward struggle until we let go and let God happen.
School was much better this week. I realized that the kids were just doing way to much work. Which was causing them to rush to get it done and to stay on task. Which was creating kind of a snowball effect. Less retention of what they were learning, more mistakes, feeling overwhelmed. And then they even began skipping some work without asking. I am learning again about homeschool that less paperwork does not mean that my children are learning any less. Quite the opposite in our home it usually means they are learning so much more.
So this week between the three kids we were learning about Marco Polo, the Mongols, the end of the Civil War, Polyatomic Ions, Static Electricity, the planet Jupiter, Composers and Musicians, Africa, and Diagraming English sentences.
I also had remembered this month that sometimes in life you will meet people through circumstances that you wouldn't normally choose as friends. Are you wondering what kind of people I am taking about yet? The kind that just don't like you. Yep sometimes in life you will meet people that no matter what you do or how nice or well meaning you try to be they just won't like you.
That is just where I am at. My circumstances have lead me to a group of people that don't seem to really think to highly of me. They speak over me when talking, the will in front me make plans and not include me in a group setting, I will find out unintentionally that they are talking behind my back. Sounds like high school doesn't it? It's been really tough dealing with this and I literally have not been in a scenario like this since high school.
Truthfully though I know that these people do not know me well enough to appreciate the girl God made me to be. And it's ok if they don't like me. But it is not ok to treat a person as if they are invisible, and with little respect. So thankfully we have been working to change circumstances around here so I do not have to be around these people anymore. Life is to short to keep people around you like this. Noah did a report on Andrew Johnson and he commented on the fact that he could not find a picture of him smiling.
Could you imagine if your family was going through pictures of you and they could not find even one of you with a smile on your face. Thankfully I am coming out of January with a smile on my face it was tough I tell you but I will not be making the same mistakes as Andrew Johnson.
Cheers to February ...can you toast with coffee?
Hope this month is a great one for you too!!
To cultivate KINDNESS is a great part of the business of life.