#3GoodThings – #14

#3GoodThings – #14

(Written Feb. 1, 2019)

Fridays is the longest teaching day of the week as I have 7 contact hours with 4 classes of students… with no lunch break. I remind myself that a nice compact teaching schedule – without having to make multiple trips is a GoodThing… but boy, it’s a little tough to sit down in front of a computer afterward.

Nonetheless… here are

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#3GoodThings – #13

#3GoodThings – #13

(Written Jan. 31, 2019)

I don’t normally teach on Thursdays this semester, but exceptionally, I had a 2h class with my Master’s level students (English for Entrepreneurship). This meant that I got to drive Timo to school and, since he was going to be done early, drive Dominic home from school in Poitiers – extra time with my boys

After a short nap… it was on to course prep for tomorrow’s classes. Here, though, are….

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#3GoodThings – #12

#3GoodThings – #12

(Written Jan. 30, 2019)

Do you ever feel sorry for Wednesday?
I mean really…. how unglamorous is the moniker #HumpDay”.

Perhaps the only other name to rival that is what some people affectionately call Monday…. (#ArmpitOfTheWeek)… Sorry about that Monday, I feel for you.

I’m glad that today, however, #HumpDay was redeemed by…

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#3GoodThings – #11

#3GoodThings – #11

(Written Jan. 29, 2019)

Let me admit – ahead of time – that I’m cheating on today’s post in two ways:

  1. Yesterday was a full day so I’m actually writing it on January 30th…(not that that makes a big difference to you reading it… but the goal was to write daily so for me… it’s a shortcut). 🙂
  2. Since I know that the post is scheduled to go live on March 11th, I’ve included something that’s a good thing, not from the time of writing, but from the time of posting…
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#3GoodThings – #10

#3GoodThings – #10

(Written Jan. 28, 2019)

I’m tempted to say that today’s #3GoodThings may have been a bit in jeopardy for a while as the day had an early start and my two-hour drive seemed to drag on painfully.

(It doesn’t help that, as I get older, driving in the dark and dealing with oncoming headlights is increasingly unpleasant – not to mention the winding country roads and intermittent rain today).

But the direction lightened considerably when I made a gaffe in class and noticed it at the same moment as my students. That’s the first of…

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#3GoodThings – #9

#3GoodThings – #9

(Written Jan. 27, 2019)

Just as a reminder for those who may wonder about my posting daily all of a sudden… “Why am I doing this again?”

All too often, people craft their online image to be heavily weighted on the positive side. This gives an unbalanced view and likely contributes to feelings of anxiety among their friends who then feel pressure to keep up with all the goodness happening around them.

That is NOT what these #3GoodThings posts are about. They are simply a way of keeping me accountable to focus on more of the positives in my life where I can otherwise, very easily, tend to focus (internally) on the negatives. More than just “positive thinking” or “positive psychology”, it’s also Biblical:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable… if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”
Philippians 4.8

They say that if you make a concerted daily effort, over a prolonged time, to look for positive things in your life, that you teach your brain to look for them unconsciously… as a reflex. I need to move more in that direction.

With that, here are…

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#3GoodThings – #7

#3GoodThings – #7

(Written Jan. 25, 2019)

It’s been a while since I’ve felt this wrung out and to be truthful, it would be the easiest thing in the world to “Go directly to bed… do not pass go, do not stop for #3GoodThings.”

(Monopoly players will get the reference)

But part of building a habit is being consistent so before I call it a day… here are today’s…

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#3GoodThings – #6

#3GoodThings – #6

(Written Jan. 24, 2019)

Today was another, for the most part, home-day (already a GoodThing!).

The kids were in school for the entire day (unlike yesterday where, because it was Wednesday, they only have a 1/2 day of school – it is like that for all French school children) meaning that drop-off & pick-up duties were a bit more spread out.

This leads me into…

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