Saturday, 18 May 2013

Sticky notes!

So I was left home alone for a week as my parents went on holiday. Most of the time I've been working or out somewhere but some nights I got my friend Megan to stay over as I'm not very good at being on my own. Megan is a whole heap of fun when she comes, but even more so after she's gone! I hear what you're thinking, what can I possibly mean by that? Well, I leave for work early in the morning so I just let her sleep and get up and go when it suits her. On Monday evening when I got in from work, I found the following:

As I continued to walk through the living room, I read an exciting tale about a completely fictional character, 'Bethandra' and her journey to 'lushest city' and the scary encounter along the way with an 'ugly trolley'! This definitely put a smile on my face after my first day back at work!

Then on Thursday evening, I came home to find my laptop plastered in interesting 'facts'!

This again was lovely, and made me chuckle quite a bit but it actually got me thinking about the power of sticky notes! I mentioned in my holidays post about reading a book called 40/40. It's a really cool little book with a kind of interactive devotional for the mornings and a quick reflection before you go to sleep, and as the name implies, it lasts for 40 days. I really like the devotionals because they're short enough that you can fit them into your routine easily, but they're not wishy washy, and they're designed to keep you thinking about the theme/passage throughout the day. 

There are 7 sections: read, reflect, pray, ponder, chat, write and action. I'm going to blog just about the 'write' section. Each day, in the 'write' section, the writer suggests something relevant to the reflection, to write on a sticky note and put in a specific place. For example, on day 1, the writer suggests to put 'Jesus the light of the world' on a light switch you use regularly as the reading included the following:
'In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.' John 1:4-5
 At first, I thought, 'Oh I won't actually bother doing that, I'll just think about it.' But actually, when left to just think about stuff, our minds are not naturally going to stick to helpful truths and encouraging words. If I'm honest, I'm most likely to think about food or guys when left to my own devices! So maybe there really is something in this sticky note thing and I think the key reason is simply that they're small! Small enough to put anywhere; I'm not going to read the Bible in my car, but I might notice a little post-it on the dashboard. They're also small enough for my mind, I think little encouragements and nuggets of truth are just as important as deep, complex theology and philosophy, and most of the time, they're all my busy mind can take hold of.

So thanks Laura for the book and Meg for the messages, they're transforming my mind for the better :)

Over to you now readers, what would you write on a sticky note and where would you put it?

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