Let's chat about what we've read this week. OR if you haven't read - there are still some great questions to discuss from chapter eight through thirteen of Restless by Jennie Allen.
But first...our small group snack. My friend Elizabeth Hyndman posts her Friday Five each week and it's always full of goodness. This fella was stuck in the Las Vegas airport alone and made the most of his overnight stay with his iPhone rigged to a suitcase.
All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.
Now to our reading.
In these chapters, Jennie presents up "The Threads." She sets up the process of identifying the components of our story that mix and mingle to paint the picture of our purpose.
Here are questions to ponder. Answer as few or as many as you like in the comments.
What do you most hope to get out of the process of reading Restless?
Our IRL group shared many answers of what they were looking for:
- reduced fear of change
- ability to get off the sideline
It can be difficult to step out to pursue our purpose because comfort will keep us content. Or at least that's true for me. For me, I'm looking to sit more at ease in this season of waiting. I'm not great at "at ease."
What would you do if you weren't afraid?
This is a question Sheryl Sandberg asks in her fantastic book "Lean In." My favorite discussion in our IRL group was how we often think of all the obstacles to living a dream - like finances, caring for parents, having young children. However, I must remember that thought process points straight to my arrogance to think I'm in control or that God won't care for the things I think only I can manage.
If I weren't afraid, I would write and train full time. That's as far as I've gotten because I don't know what to do to make that happen. To be continued...
Identify a highlight from each life stage when you felt pleasure in what you were doing. When were moments you remember being proud and satisfied.
There are so many and I WOULD ADORE IT if you would share in the comments. For me, my first memory is being 5 years old in the community pool meeting Gretchen Davis for the first time. She said she would be in Mrs. Dodd's kindergarten class in the comings weeks and I was THRILLED because that was my assignment too. Feeling connected immediately made me feel less afraid. I now can see how I really enjoy meeting new people and making connections. It's also the foundation for my passion for social media - so many new people with whom to connect.
Now, get thee to the comments and share your answers and thoughts. Also, feel free to email me at jamiesrabbits @ gmail.com for some one-on-one.
This week's reading assignment: Chapters 14-18.
We're still trekking through our Threads. Write down anything that wrecks you or confuses you and we'll chat it through on next week's post.