photo by Livia Meneghin

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Welcome to my blog. I'm spending a year capturing happiness, and I invite you to come along as I journey toward a more joyful living. I also write about travel, food, and matters of the spirit. Hope you enjoy!

The Lens

The Lens

Today I started a new journal.  

Journaling is *sort of* my obsessive habit. I've filled 45 in the last 8 years, and picking out a new journals i one of my favorite things to do. I search for the feeling I get when I see it, an attraction almost, between me and the pages that are yet to be filled. 

I also receive journals as gifts, as was the case with the one in the cover photo. My (pseudo) sister, Zemen, and her family picked this one for me--leather bound, handmade in Italy, a map of the world on its cover--which is ironic because I had seen it at Barnes and Noble and wanted to buy it, but at the time I already had three books in hand, and probably two journals stashed on deck, so I held off. They read my mind!

I didn't use it at first, though. After I returned from Greece, I was in a bit of a slump. "Why do I need a journal with a map of the world on it?" I thought. It felt like my journey across the world had ended, and I wasn't sure when I'd return to Greece again, or how long I'd stay if I went back. It seemed like the proverbial ship had sailed.

Six months later, however, and my worldwide travel adventure is six weeks away, and I feel like this journal was waiting for me until I was ready. A journal to capture the journey.

Fitting for the travel metaphor, sort of, is the conversation we had tonight at Home Group Connect--all of Sanctuary's small groups coming together for a big group conversation. Today we talked about identity and vocation and the lenses through which we perceive the world. The image that they used was that of a telescope, the lens that is closest to our viewfinder and how that affects our larger world view. At first we examined this through the lens of our profession:

What we do.
What we have.
What we desire.

This informs who we are, which in turn informs

How we see ourselves.
How we see others.
How we see the world.

We were separated into groups by profession and we discussed our shared experiences. What are the expectations, the challenges, the identities we form within the context of (in this case) being a "Writer"?

Then, after we spent half of our time on this, they flipped the scenario, and we were asked to consider our professions through the lens of what we know is true: we are children of God.  The telescope reversed.

Through the truth of the Gospel,
how do we see ourselves?
How do we see others?
How do we see the world?

and in turn, how does this affect

What we do.
What we have.
What we desire.

It was the coolest exercise because we ALL went from existing in cultures of comparison, competition, and fears of failure to living lives of selflessness, joy, and unshakable foundations. Come successes or disappointments, we realized none of that shakes who we are. We are loved, and we have a desire to share that love with others through our talents.

It was a great way to shift perspective from an earthly one to a heavenly one, and it was a good reminder of what my purpose is throughout all of my journals and my journeys. 

 

Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday

Productivity!

Productivity!