Sculpting Project 14: Three More Things: Review and Refine: Week 1

Sculpting Project 14: Three More Things: Review and Refine Week 1

Things I love: Skies filled with stars, hot zucchini bread, reflections on water.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What do you love? What are you grateful for? These are the questions for us to ponder and record for the next two weeks.

The #1 suggestion from our from our half-year survey was to include more time for reviewing projects. So here is our first review and refine week, reaching back to Project 1 which we begun 6 months ago.

Scripture is filled with admonitions to “be thankful”. And we hear Paul’s instruction to think about things that are lovely and excellent (Phil. 4:8).

We know these are instructions we ‘should’ follow but my mind is too often occupied with other kinds of thoughts. How do I guide my brain to thoughts of gratitude, beauty and goodness? My answer has been my Things I Love List.

God has even built-in some bonus benefits when we follow His directions. Robert Emmons (UC Davis) and other psychologists have discovered that when we spend time expressing gratitude we can experience some of the following:

Two week study:

Higher levels of positive emotion (Joy, happiness, life satisfaction, enthusiasm, love.)

Ten week study:

  • Higher levels of positive emotion
  • Decreases in greed, envy, resentment
  • Fights depression
  • Better sleep
  • Decreased pain
  • More connected to others
  • Exercised more
  • More stress resilient

Thinking on the things you love brings gratitude and gratitude brings multiple benefits.

Sculpting Project 14: Three More Things

Each day write down three things you love.

Communicate with others. Talk, post, write me a note.

Tips:

#1 Simplify the project by making it a tiny habit.

  • Pick a trigger/cue (going to bed, getting in your car to go to work, . . .)
  • Put your paper or journal and pen in a handy spot (by your bed, in your car)

# 2. Don’t agonize over what the very best three things are, just enjoy writing down what comes to mind.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- THINK ABOUT SUCH THINGS. Phil. 4:8 And be thankful. (Col. 3:15b)

More things I love: worm etchings on wood, Nim’s personality, bare feet in sand, bird calls in January, thick OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmusical chords, the first purple flowers, round and half round windows, Mountain bluebird blue.

 

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