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Focus On What You Can Control

Published: June 25, 2020      Updated: June 25, 2020


Welcome to June gloom! I’m not sure what it looks like at your house today but I’m enjoying the gloom. There is something about a cloud cover that brings me peace. The day starts a little slower and little quieter for me when the sky is dark. It might sound strange but I feel a blanket of reverence on these mornings. I hope you find some joy in these mornings too.

Next week, I begin summer school classes at La Sierra University but to my delight, I won’t be driving 200 miles a day, I’ll just be logging into Zoom. Hurrah! Even though I won’t have to drive, I’m taking three courses this summer so six hours of my afternoon and evening will be filled with Zoom classes. And then there will be reading and research up top of that for the next four weeks. Lazy evenings will be gone starting on Monday, so this week I’ve been filling my downtime with Netflix and such. Documentaries are often my movie of choice, so I think my family will be happy I will be occupied and unable to choose the movie of the day soon. 

One film that stood out to me this week was, Spelling the Dream. The movie follows several spelling bee students and their families. I was so impressed with the attitude of the parents toward this endeavor. One mom talked about following a saying, and I should have watched it again so I would quote it correctly but, it went something like this. There are so many things in this world that you have no control over, so do your best in whatever you do and focus on what you can control. I love this! Her focus for her child was not the end-result but the process. Win or lose, there was still much to be gained from the process of preparing for the spelling bee and life lessons that would prepare her child for the world after the spelling bee. She inspired me as a parent and an educator. Where is my focus? What can I control? Good advice in this world of uncertainty. This documentary is about spelling, but it is also very relevant to the current climate in America, and I highly recommend it. 

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10A NIV