Thankful for Another de Mello Reading, Different Flavors of the Outdoors, and Saying No

Day 2,291


Of all the different titles I read last year there was one I read four times in 2022. I thought it only fitting that it become my first book of 2023. Awareness by Anthony de Mello has been on e of the single most impactful books I’ve read in my entire life. Each re-reading brings a new found bit of wisdom to help me live a better live.

One of the many passages that resonated with me today was this:

It’s not that we fear the unknown. You cannot fear something that you do not know. Nobody is afraid of the unknown. What you really fear is the loss of the known.

Anthony de Mello


I’m thankful for the many ways we all connect in our interests as a family. We each have our very unique interests and hobbies, but there’s some significant overlap on a macro level that helps us all find common ground even when we’re each interested in our own things. What really got me thinking about this today was the recommendation Dominic had for me in a documentary to watch while riding my bike trainer this morning. He knew I have a shared interest in the mountains, especially in the Himalayas, and hit a home run for me! I appreciate the overlap we have in our interests, especially as they relate to the appreciation of the outdoors and nature.


In the office today I had a craving for a little snack. There was an excellent supply of candy and other sweet goodies available, all calling my name. One of the things I’m tracking in my 2023 plan is whether or not I cave in to temptation of sweets. I paused, took a deep breath, reminded myself that this was just a craving and not a hunger, and walked away. Those little wins feel so good!


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