Tuesday 9 July 2019

Notice the small things

In our Living Your Word of the Year group we are using a fortnightly (bi-weekly) A-Z challenge throughout the year to help us focus on our word and live it out.

Because of the way I have made my journal it's a case of going with the flow of what background the pages have when I turn to them.  As with the page for M I had a page full of stars.

When I was on the Tactile Notebook workshop, one of the first things that Sandra Brownlee talked about was: notice what you notice and she gave us a brown paper bag with those words printed on, which I stuck into my notebook.

I've been thinking a lot about this phrase since and decided I would use notice for N in my A-Z journal.  I put the N sticker on the little insert page.

I used some photos from this year to demonstrate noticing the small things.  The centre of flowers, the raindrops on the petals, the rust and decay I spotted on the railings where we were queueing to get on a boat.

I thought about the meaning of the word notice and looked up a dictionary definition.  Synonyms of notice included observe, observant and pay attention.  I used these words to look up verse using BibleGateway.  I printed out the verses that I though most went with my word of the year - [Commit].

I put a small strip of washi tape to link this page to the M page.

Valerie's post for N is about Nature.  In her blog she challenges us to:
'Go for a walk in nature.  Notice special things in your everyday life as if you are on an adventurous journey… because you are!   As you walk, imagine Jesus walking next to you. Ask him a question like what are you thinking about? Or What is on your heart? Or What do you want to say to me right now? Or if you have something heavy or big on your mind, ask him what he has to say to you about that thing. Then listen'.

My challenge is to notice the small things.  In nature or elsewhere.   Notice the small things people go out of their way to do for you.  Notice the small things that people go out of their way to do for others.  And then thank them.  Encourage them.  As you encourage others, you will be encouraged to do small things for other people too.

Thanks for joining me today.

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Join Mary Brack, Valerie Sjodin and I in our Facebook group where we are giving participants the opportunity to live out an A-Z of their own word throughout 2019.  Mary explains what we are doing in her blog post.  We don't like a lot of rules, so we will have suggestions and options to spark creativity, and to help in recording and exploring our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. We will each blog about our experiences and our art.

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