I can’t believe I’m almost 2 weeks behind on this -_-. Time management is definitely not my strong suit, and I guess I can’t get away without being slack as a student. Lots of work and reading, yes, but also lots of time wasted and not enough personal cultivation.
In no particular order, here are some things I am thankful for that I can think of now over the past 2 weeks:
- Sisters + cousin (+ their husbands) dinners. When these happen, there’s no such thing as “eating just the right amount.”
- Tennis – last Sunday and the Sunday before I played tennis with a brother from church and it was therapeutic because there was friendly competition. We play sets and developing that kind of mental determination makes me nostalgic of playing on the high school team. When we play we’re pretty even in different ways. Last time we each won one set apiece. But really, it’s a kind of sad for me because this guy is much older than me and has 2 kids. In my defense, he plays A LOT. Anyways, I try not to think about that :p
- A good cohort – Monday-Wednesday last week was crazy because my first design thinking project was due. I had to come up with a couple POV (point of views), and magically concoct 50 ideas for each of them. Of course, that was pretty much impossible to do by myself, so the people in my cohort who were also taking the class all got together to have “ideation sessions.” I know, that sounds so weird. For some reason it reminds me of the word “pupation” and so I get the impression of undergoing some gross biological transformation whenever I hear “ideation” which is disturbing. Anyways, after that, we all somehow had to prototype two ideas, test them on multiple users, and iterate before class on Wednesday. Needless to say, I was in the design school studio all day and late into the evening on Tuesday, and in the morning on Wednesday before class.
- A breather – fortunately, after we turned in our projects on Wednesday, we had a breather for that class; nothing to do for Friday’s class, at which point we get our next project.
- No accidents from longboarding in the rain. Last week it rained a couple times at night, and I ended up longboarding in the rain twice in the dark. Thankfully, I didn’t injure myself those times. However, now I’m going to try avoiding doing that going forward because a) I get SUPER soaked, especially my shoes and pants, and b) my longboard gets dirty and gross.
- Seeing my dad! My dad came to visit this past weekend for a conference. Unfortunately my mom couldn’t make it out last minute It was nice to see my dad though and spend some time with him. It’s always funny getting words of wisdom from him, which he gives so sincerely. When I saw him off on Sunday, he left me with, “I know you’re responsible, but sometimes your response is a little slow. Life is important.” First part is true. Second part made me laugh.
- Good groupmates. For our next design project, we have to “redesign Muslim Philanthropy in the US.” I know…such an unusual topic and assignment. We need to interview a bunch of people to try to narrow our scope and gain empathy. I’m glad that my group seems reliable and active, although it’s a little difficult to schedule things.
- Microwave! D+J called me and said they saw someone giving away a microwave for free, and offered to pick it up and keep it for me I need to find some time to go down and get it, but I just thought it was so thoughtful of them. Of course, the hard part is getting my lazy butt off campus.
Even though I’m trying to be more aware of God’s graces in everyday, nothing can do them justice. I can never feel that I have acknowledged and appreciated even a portion of what God has given me, especially since my cultivation has been sort of compromised as a result of being lazy.
Today, in particular, I feel a little disappointed in myself in that I don’t know if I’ve grown spiritually in the past year. I wish I had closer accountability somehow, but I think I need to be able to reach a certain point on my own with God. There’s no substitute for personal resolve. I’ve been placed in a really good situation right now, and perhaps complacency has gotten the better of me.
Alas, I just have to keep pressing forward. 1000 cubits at time.