It's been a good first week. It seems I'm wired to appreciate being more disciplined/organized so I just feel better when my life has more of that. Got to the fitness club 3 times this week, walking more (which allowed me to do more ipod listening, which I've really missed lately), took Josie (our yellow lab) for a short walk every day, spent time on spiritual disciplines. Lots more little things too. Decided I'd be in charge of weekly washing of clothes.
A few times this week while at school I was reminded again of the saying about how 80% of success is just showing up (apparently attributed to Woody Allen). As a teacher I've always felt it was important to take care of the little things, like something as simple as meeting the students at the door. And for students, I've become more and more concerned by those who are absent from school a lot. It even struck me at study group on Friday when we looked at the concept of 'church' and how Heb. 10:25 says to not give up meeting together (ie. 'show up').
Finally finished "The Source" by James Michener. It's a great book but at 1088 pages it was a pretty big task getting though all that history - set in Israel, beginning in 1964 and then going back thousands of years. I think it will be a while before I attempt a tome like that again.
Listened to great audio interviews with Steve Hindalong (from The Choir) and Dan Hasseltine. Those guys are pretty articulate. Led me to listening more to the Jays of Clay "The Shelter" release - I like it.