What I (Re)Learned This Summer

This summer I seemed to re-learn old lessons more than I discovered new ones. I’m late to Emily’s link-up, but I’m technically on time since fall is still 2 days away, right?

Can doesn’t equal should. My friend bought an Apple watch and took it back. He said it was cool, but not that cool. He couldn’t justify the expense with the little he used it. Sure, someone could teach him more functions and show him more apps, but he didn’t need them. A lover of gadgets and toys – one who waited in a line around the block for the very first iPhone – admitted the cost of the watch outweighed the functionality for him. I’m always thinking about this idea of can vs. should, but my friend’s choice renewed my curiosity. I can do this or that, but should I? Does it align with our family values, my personal goals, and God’s nudging?

I need to pick up the phone. A friend had major surgery this summer without us knowing about it. Every time his wife crossed my mind, I should have stopped what I was doing and listened to the voice that said, “Call her now.”

Not now doesn’t mean never.  Henry can now open gifts in front of friends without telling them exactly what he thinks of their gifts. Wow, what an accomplishment!

To everything there is a season, even awesome things. I canceled my membership to an online community I loved. I realized if I continued to pay for it, it would be for silly reasons – not because I needed it. The direction the group was heading, while wonderful and powerful and beneficial for many, was no longer beneficial for me, and admitting this to myself was hard. When I let go, I knew it was the right decision because I felt more free.

What did you learn this summer?

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