In the last 8 days

In the last 8 days I have written eleven essays. Five of them were 300 words each. The rest were longer.

In the last 8 days I have had two mentoring conversations.

In the last 8 days I have taught three seminars.

In the last 8 days I have reviewed three books.

In the last 8 days I have studied and talked about a book that will be part of a discussion series in face-to-face (and a post here (The Shack, if you are curious).

In the last 8 days I spent 8 hours in a car talking with our high school senior daughter.

In the last 8 days I have walked more than 10 miles with my wife.

In the last 8 days I have talked face to face with one of my sisters and with my parents.

In the last 8 days I have finished a fake-stained glass project for a stage set.

In the last 8 days I ran sound for a funeral.

In the last 8 days I have written an enewsletter, recorded two videos, led a small group, led a staff meeting, taken 8 pictures of coffee cups, tweeted occasionally, had a lot of coffee, started a major month-long project, ignored several emails, had several conversations of the nudging or clarifying variety, and taken the dog to the vet for his annual checkup.

In the last 8 days I have felt like I haven’t done anything.

Apparently I was wrong.

But I probably need to focus a bit more for the next 8 days. Which is wise.  Because that’s one of my three words for the year.


This is a post for my mirror and for a small handful of friends who are wondering where I am. It was easier than an email.  The rest of you can stay tuned for a post called “Pastor says ten commandments send the wrong message.”)


11 responses to “In the last 8 days

  1. Great post – we often fail to value what we do – and always want more. But as my dearly departed Mother would say: enough is enough. And what you’ve done is more than enough. Very inspiring! thanks

  2. was that a polite way to say, “just shut up for awhile?” 🙂

    Thanks, Vicky Nice to meet you.

  3. No, that was Dead Rita’s Wisdom! :0) But not a bad guess….

  4. I’m glad you’ve posted this to your mirror. Sometimes it’s easy to think we’ve accomplished little even when our days are full. Perhaps the activity didn’t match your expectations?

    I look forward to your post on The Shack. Our group just started the discussion of the book last week. It seems the book is one you love, or hate… which makes me question my “It’s okay” impression.

  5. What would you have needed to have had on the list to give you the feeling: I have done something?

    What are the things that you do that give you the feeling?

    Maybe it’s not volume, but the quality of the thing that you’re doing, or the feedback loops you get.

  6. Kathy and Joanna – the very questions.

    thank you.

  7. I would say that you have done a lot. sounds like you did a lot of relationship building which is so important.

    but in the end the person you need to ask if you were productive or not is God. if he’s says you were productive i think you’ll be alright.

  8. I think God spoke clearly. You were productive. Now see what He sees and make sure all you do matters to Him and to you. I think you also acted well as a catalyst to a discussion many of us have all the time. What did I do today?? More than we realize.
    thanks for the discussion.

  9. Phil – you zeroed in on what I had missed until I listed this, and that is
    the relationship. And thanks Vicky.

  10. I think this is kind of like making a to-do list in retrospect–which is what I sometimes do on days when I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything….and then, I check those things off!

  11. This blog post came back to me as I was reviewing my day. I felt like I hadn’t accomplished much today even though I had. I didn’t focus as I had intended, and that may be why I didn’t have much sense of accomplishment.

    Your blog is a blessing. Thanks for sharing with us.