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I learned a few good lessons during my 30 Days on Shuffle project.

1. Like exercise, I can rarely motivate myself to write a post every day. At best, I can expect to carve out an hour or so once a week, write a bunch of posts, and then schedule them to make it appear that I’m posting every day. So, the goal to give myself time to write everyday? Still a work in progress.

2. I care way too much about my “traffic.” I’m swearing off checking my stats from now on. If I’m going to write, then I’m going to write. Hey, at least my parents are reading, right?

3. I do better if I have a theme or a project.

With that last one in mind, I’m embarking upon a new project for December: The Peace Project. My life feels very chaotic right now. Add the rush of the holidays to that and it’s down right overwhelming. So every day (or at least a few times a week), I pledge to post a memory, song, quote or thought that brings a moment of peace to my heart, mind and soul.

Today’s quote comes from my dear friend Joanna Seibert. I’ve known her since I was very young. I grew up with her children at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. She’s a pediatric radiologist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and a deacon in the Episcopal church. She’s always been a calming influence, being a very wise, soft-spoken woman.

A few years ago, Emily fell at school and hit her million dollar head (it may actually be worth more or less, depending on the cost of brain surgery and hardware at any given moment). We ended up at the ER at Children’s.  I was standing over Emily in the CT Scan when I felt a hand on my back and a voice said, “Bless you. Are you okay?” It was Joanna. And suddenly, yes, I was okay. That’s the effect she has on everyone around her.

Every day since May 24, when The Cathedral School closed so suddenly and our hearts were broken, Joanna has sent an email with a prayer to a small group of parents, supporters and friends. It’s an amazing ministry she’s doing, as it connects us and restores us when we feel fragile. This morning, she sent this:

“Prayer sent  from God to each of us today: Good Morning! I will be handling ALL your problems today. I will NOT need your help. So, have a good day. Amen”

I can’t think of a more peaceful message. It’s hard for me to give up control of  my spiritual “to-do list.” This is a wonderful reminder that I don’t have to worry so much all the time. I just have to do the hard work of letting go. It makes me want to sigh and smile in relief.

Peace be with you.

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