This is the final post celebrating the first birthday of Wonders in the Wind. As this year draws to a close, I want to explain what you can expect from this blog once the new year begins.
I will continue to publish a new post every Thursday; however, the type of post will vary throughout the month.
New Posting Schedule:
- 1st Thursday of the month: A new Authentic Living post
- 2nd Thursday of the month: A new episode of Asked And Answered, your scripted comedy question and answer talk show
- 3rd Thursday of the month: A new Thankful For… update
- 4th Thursday of the month: A new Experiments post (this could be a new Unquote, Unseen Magazine cover, satire post, comic, DIY card idea, or something else comedic or satirical in nature)
- 5th Thursday of the month: When the month has a fifth Thursday, a bonus Experiments post will be published. Lucky you!
For another way of looking at this, here’s a fun chart. Well, I guess it’s just a chart, since all charts are fun.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on this blog over the past year. This has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to what the new year has in store for Wonders in the Wind. With the passing of each day may we continue to move towards the alignment of our thoughts and actions.
Enjoy the last few days of the year! I’ll be back next Thursday for the first post of 2017!
Honesty is very important to me. So as I spend this week celebrating one year of blogging, I’d like to take some time to be honest about my statistics.
Above is a screenshot of my monthly views for the last year. You can see changes over the months; the main trend seems to be the average monthly views settling at just above 100.
On a different note, Wonders in the Wind has been read all over all the world. Here are all of the countries from which people have read this blog: Continue reading
Wonders in the Wind is now one year old! To celebrate I’m running a special series today, tomorrow, and the day after that reflects on this past year. Kicking things off is a collection of some of my favorite quotes from past posts. I’ve also provided links in all of them so you can read the post the quote is from.
“The inevitability of change can empower us to truly savor every moment that brings delight. It can also help us to appreciate the tough situations in life, as they too are not forever. Accepting that things won’t always be the way they are now can inspire us to live in a more intentional way.”
-From Accepting Change
“There is a difference between having a position and being unwilling to listen to anyone else. There is a difference between holding to our beliefs and attacking the beliefs of others.”
-From Dangers of Absolute Answers
About a year ago I was introduced to the concept of Dayenu. I learned that in Hebrew the word means “it would have been enough”. I read that Dayenu is a song Jews sing during the Passover holiday to express their gratitude to God for the wonderful things God has done for them. The song names specific historic events, stating how it would have been enough if God had only done one of those things.
In a world full of materialism, consumerism, individualism, and self-centeredness, I think Dayenu has much to teach us about contentment.
Put briefly, I think Dayenu shows that contentment is about rest.
It is not saying that everything must be as we think it should be in order to be content. No, Dayenu is about stepping back and saying that we have enough. It is about reflecting on where we’ve come and celebrating the progress we’ve made. It is renouncing the idea that we are entitled to more. It is about not placing value in things. It is a conscious decision that however unfair and messy things are at the moment, somehow we have enough. Continue reading
Some things on the thankfulness radar as of late:
Checking things off my calendar
Fun moments during the busy last week of school
Snow blanketing the trees and ground
My final final
Libraries providing access to sweet books
I am graduating from college in one week. It is an important milestone, but it is merely the setting for my current outlook on life. The graduation ceremony will only last about two hours; it is a moment fixed in time that will pass and maybe one day be forgotten. However, what the ceremony represents has introduced thoughts that are likely to stay swirling in my mind for some time.
I think of the many lasts. This is a sad thought, but somehow good, I think. No matter how strange it may be that this part of life is about to end, I don’t want things to stay the way they are forever. I really enjoy life right now, but I am also excited to move on to different things. When things end there is a danger to romanticize the past. The familiarity of the people, places, and things we’re about to leave can mask the negative qualities they hold. It’s important to remember those things so our memories are not mistaken. Continue reading
I am thankful for the opportunity to ring handbells for many people this week, something that brings me much joy.
I am thankful for sleeping well, something that has been more of an issue recently.
I am thankful for singing in the car.
I am thankful for the way memories can be attached to certain foods.
I am thankful for the way paper snowflakes unfold.
I am thankful to be graduating from college in a few short weeks.
I am thankful for calendars with beagle puppies.
I am thankful for the opportunity to pour bronze once again in my sculpture class.
I am thankful for windshield wipers on rainy days.
I am thankful for access to clean water.
What can you be thankful for?