Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Slice of Life Challenge Day 1

I've sat down and tried to write today three separate times.

Some days I just don't have a lot of polished language to put out into the world, but if I am going to take on this challenge, some knots will have to remain.

We started a new trimester yesterday, and while I look forward to a change of pace, there is something that has me feeling deflated.

Maybe it's the momentum I'd built vanishing overnight. Maybe it's Lent.

There's something about Lent that quiets parts of me. The fuss that stirs inside of me on a daily basis is forced to take a reprieve when I'm told, "For you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Oh yeah, I'm human and fallible.

Some day I won't be here, and while it would be difficult to live in that thought, it's important to return to that thought at points. There is time to patient. There is time to be kind. There is time to love.

There is time to meditate on God's Word and the sacrifice Christ made on the cross for me.

In a period of time where I find myself flitting from moment to moment, I am grateful for the quiet and the reminder of my vocation as an educator.

So, may the quiet guide me toward patience, kindness, and love when my surroundings aren't easy.

Let my quiet navigate the loud.


  1. As your "Welcome Wagoneer" I prepared a welcome message but it can wait. For now let me just say, keep putting one word after another any which way, knots and all. As quietly as you choose. Write as meditation

  2. So good that you persevered and still sliced today. You showed patience with yourself, which, I am sure will overflow to others during your 'noisy' time. Welcome to the wonderful community of slicers. We are all glad you are here. :)

  3. There is so much of this I relate to--but it's that last line "Let my quiet navigate the loud" that will stay with me today. Thanks for sharing--and I'm glad you've joined the challenge.

  4. Excellent post. I also wrote about the struggle to write a bit today. It's a bit much for me, too. I feel very similar about Lent & the way it forces me to quite myself a bit when I wouldn't otherwise do that.
    I hope you can take the advice above and write as meditation -- I know I'm going to try to.

  5. I love the gentle pace of your slice and your connections to Lent and these words: "So, may the quiet guide me toward patience, kindness, and love when my surroundings aren't easy." Welcome to our slicing community!

  6. Really lovely line: "there's something about Lent that quiets parts of me."