Let’s Share What We Learned in November

Every month Emily Freeman has a link-up on her blog called ‘Let’s Share What We Learned in __________’, fill in the current month.

These are the things I learned in November.

1. The Holy Spirit talks to me about my own sin. Satan talks to me about my husband’s. A powerful reason to always consider the source!

2. If you forget the whipping cream for the pumpkin pie you can substitute Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream. You can probably substitute Vanilla Haagen Daz for just about anything and not get complaints.

3. Puppies are better at making grown men talk baby-talk than are actual babies. I just witnessed a deer-hunting, ocean fishing, football coaching, red-neck guy who never baby-talked to any of his 5 kids, baby-talk to Bella, an 8 week old English Golden Retriever. I don’t blame him. If she doesn’t melt your heart, then you don’t have one.
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4. If you have eye surgery for a macular hole and they don’t fully numb the optic nerve you can see an amazing display of colors yet feel no pain. Think of adding drops of purple into vibrant neon yellow and swirling it a bit. The do the same with deep blue through a fuchsia-red. I told them to film it and show it at IMAX theaters, but of course I was under the influence of something the Anesthesiologist called a ‘girls just wanna have fun cocktail’.

5. It is now safe to venture out shopping on Black Friday. I was dreading it, but Black Friday morning at Walmart is a breeze because everyone else shopped on Thanksgiving Day. WHAT? That’s just crazy. I got a parking space, 4 sales associates asking to help me, and was on my way home in less than 30 minutes. Photos: parting shot of Mike who is helpful, strong, and nice. Walmart should promote him. My haul of Quads & Convertibles.
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6. Blogging a Series is easier than coming up with a new and interesting topic for a post every day. I miss #31 Days 2013.

7. Albert Einstein regularly and promptly answered letters to kids. He seemed to enjoy the ones from children and was very thoughtful and never condescending in his replies.
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/07/11/do-scientists-pray-einstein-letter-science-religion/

8. brainpickings.org is an excellent website.

9. Always back-up your computer. Always. It’s the Tech version of A Stitch in Time Saves Nine.

10. You will not remember in a year’s time which box the Christmas Lights were packed in unless you actually mark the box.

11. It’s never too late to reinvent yourself. If you don’t like something in your life then change it. Stop the internal dialogue of whining, complaining, and blaming. Take responsibility and start the change process now.

12. Jesus received three gifts, one from each of the wise men. This came to me clearly in Walmart this morning. I’m practicing reasonable gift giving and keeping my focus on worship and thanksgiving for the gift God has given me in His only begotten Son.

13. Wondering whether to do something or NOT? Thomas Gilovich who studies regret found 75% regret Not doing something and only 25% doing something. Excelling in school, taking advantage of opportunities, and spending time with friends and family are the top 3 things people regret NOT doing.

http://psych.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Gilo_%26_Medvec_95.pdf
http://psych.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Gilo.%26.Medvec.94.pdf

14. PicMonkey is a great site because it’s easy and free. After a week I bought the upgrade for additional fonts and effects. Totally worth it!
http://www.picmonkey.com

Would you share in the comments something you learned in November?
You can read what others have learned at the link below.
Thanks to Emily for the reminder that there’s always something we can learn.
http://www.chattingatthesky.com

5 Comments on “Let’s Share What We Learned in November

  1. I have learned that the holidays are overrated. i.e. We are reminded of those who are no longer with us, making it more difficult to rejoice in the wondrous moments that blow past us everyday.
    November quotes and poetry are so gloomy that all my November posts sought to reverse that. 🙂 After putting some thought into it, I learned how to reverse a negative trend.
    November is the month of my birth and I have learned to thank God for every day.
    I learned to get out the door quick to capture beautiful autumn skies, sunrises, and trees. When the lighting is just right, don’t wait.
    I learned the great value in expressing to my husband everything I would want to say should God take one of us home in an early, untimely death. (I know this is odd but we are mourning the loss of a dear family member who did just that. In comforting my sister, I hear the regret in her voice that there was no opportunity to say goodbye or express such things.) I was able to thank him and express my deep love and appreciation for everything he does and everything he means to me. And he did likewise. It turned out to be a very precious moment that gave us both great peace and comfort.
    So these are just a few things.

  2. The though you invested is obvious and it yielded some beautiful results. “I learned how to reverse a negative trend”. You could teach a course with that as your tagline. It would be sold out, standing room only. Write that as a post please.
    Lessons are all around us, but the one you shared about speaking our love every day; that’s the one I’m tacking on my Inspiration board where it’ll remind me to not neglect doing it.
    Thank you so much for sharing such pearls of wisdom.
    I wish I had 50,000 readers just so they could read your comment. Simply Sage is a perfect name for your blog.

    • Your words have honored me more than you know. Negative gloom and doom serve no purpose whatsoever. They are a useless waste of energy. I’m not speaking of reflection on mistakes and the valuable lessons learned from them. But to stay focused on all or other issues serves nothing. Life throws constant storms at us. The Lord;s words Himself, “when” you walk through the waters, not “if”. It is through a devastating personal loss that I am learning to seek the beauty surrounding, to cherish every moment, family, friends, and nature. His promise is to be with us through them. I would rather serve as an instrument of peace and joy even in the midst of mourning, facing each day with hope. It is not fluffy platitudes wrapped in denial. It is a genuine, authentic transparent choice to see the beauty in loss. This month spoke strongly to me, hence Autumn’s Unexpected Gift. Gift’s are all around us at every moment. It is we would choose to not see.
      Yes, I will write that as a post. You have my word on that.
      Thank you again.

  3. This is a great list! Can’t wait to check out brainpickings. Thanks. And…thanks for #1. A great reminder. Plus, I can totally relate to your keeping your focus on the real reason for this Christmas season. I designed my December prompts for my Bible based photo-a-day for just that reason….a daily focus on Jesus! You have a beautiful site here. I look forward to returning to explore more. Bless you…

  4. Pingback: Novembrance | Autumn’s Unexpected Gift | SimplySage

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