Here’s this week’s must-reads before we celebrate Christmas!
- In this busy season, this feels appropriate… Saying, “No” to something can make us feel like we’re letting someone down, or like we’re disappointing them, or… like we’re not doing enough/being enough. But it’s so necessary — both to take care of ourselves, and also to allow us to live our lives the way we intend to.
We can’t do 100% of every single thing that comes our way. Not everything is something we’re even called to do. We get to discern what it is we commit ourselves to, and sometimes, “No” is the right answer. Maybe that’s because we need to take care of ourselves at that time. Or maybe it’s because we have another commitment, and we can’t split our focus. Maybe it’s because we have someone else counting on us… Either way, “No” is a totally appropriate response at times, and I hope you’re able to freely say, “No” when you need to this week and this holiday season.
5. “As I meditate on the mysteries of the most holy rosary during my run, I am able to unite my physical sufferings and triumphs with those of Jesus. The physical exertion is difficult – this is not an easy workout – but I have time every day that is dedicated not only to my own self-improvement but also to worshipping my God in a most intimate and physical way.
Yes, running used to be a special kind of hell. But now it’s a glimpse of heaven, and I wouldn’t change a thing.” — Ginny, Not So Formulaic
11. My favorite movies to watch around this time of the year…