9 Learnings by Maria Popova

As you run through this finish line of a workweek we call Friday – out of breath and tired because of the hard work and impact you have made – here is a little perspective that may be worth investigating. While I don’t read every article from Brain Pickings, this one is a great summary from the author on what he has captured in his 9 year journey of writing this blog. Below are the bullet point highlights, but I encourage you to visit the link below to read and reflect on each. They each have a power to them that I know I can appreciate and strive to better myself.

9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain Pickings

  1. chiemsee-243701_1920Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
  2. Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone.
  3. Be generous.
  4. Build pockets of stillness into your life.
  5. When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
  6. Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity.
  7. Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.
  8. Seek out what magnifies your spirit.
  9. Don’t be afraid to be an idealist.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/10/23/nine-years-of-brain-pickings/

Have a great Friday and a fabulous, refreshing weekend!

Today is Monday!

coffee-791045_1920Yesterday was Sunday… and I heard some very inspirational words yesterday that I’d like to share and believe are applicable to our work. The context: new pastor being installed at Kearney eFree. His mentor, Tom Shirk of Calvary Bible Church, was giving him advice on how to lead the church. (Listen…)

[Note: These are my notes – not necessarily exactly what was said… more what I heard!]


  • “There is danger in knowing more than you can apply.” Take it easy and apply what you know and learn. We all have massive amounts of skills, talents, and knowledge but maybe too much to actually apply.
  • “Failing in love is better than succeeding in pride.” Relationships should be first and foremost in all we do.
  • “We are bigger than the present.” We are going to grow and the seeds we are planting and nurturing are what really matters.
  • “What we are doing is a BIG deal!” We are shaping and nurturing the future of teachers and students. It’s a BIG deal! Be well prepared! Our influence is immeasurable. We should act and prepare accordingly.
  • “Lift up our leaders.” More can be accomplished by lifting others up and recognizing their strengths than criticizing their weaknesses.

So go make a difference this week! What you do matters!