More Good Weeks
"Have you had a good week?"
It's one of those predictable and familiar 'after church on Sunday' questions.
Actually, it's a good question.
Some people ask it to create small talk - and not all of them will be listening carefully to the answer. Others ask from a place of deeper care and interest, genuinely wanting to know how your week has been.
And, it's good to check in with each other, right?
So how come, that we are often so bad, at checking in with ourselves?
Because, here's the truth: "Have you had a good week?" isn't small talk.
It's a BIG question.
Do many of us know how to begin to answer it - at least from a place of integrity?!
"Yeah, fine thanks. And you?"
Sometimes, people offer a more considered answer - sharing some of the ups and downs of the past week.
More rarely, people respond:
"Actually, this week has been pretty awful..."
"You know what, this week has been amazing!"
Recently, I've found myself wondering:
What makes a week - 'a good week'?
And how do you know, if you've had one?
Because, here's the thing: some people seem to have plenty of good weeks.
This matters, because the the good weeks (and the not-so-good weeks) add up.
How we spend our weeks, is how we spend our months.
How we spend our months is how we spend our years.
- And how we spend our years, is how we spend our lives.
Each day is a gift.
Life is short. Eternity is long.
And although we're saved by faith, not works...
Our faith shows up ALL over the place, in what we do.
Whilst we talk about being 'human beings', rather than 'human doings', it's not just who we are that matters. What we do matters too - even though it's not what saves us.
What if the way you spend your weeks, will affect how you'll spend eternity?
If most of your weeks are 'not-so-good' weeks, what can be done, to change that for the better?
More than happiness or success
What's interesting here, is that, for many of us, having a 'good' week isn't only (or even mainly) about experiencing more happiness and greater worldly success.
Which is useful, really... because sometimes life is HARD.
The inconvenient truth, is that our weeks are often complex and difficult. We live in a broken world, where suffering - and trouble of one kind or another - are much more commonplace than we'd like.
For those of us who live in the real world, talk of 'Being your Best Self', 'Living your Best Life' - and 'How to have your 'Best Year Ever' can jar a little...
If you've grown tired of all the superlatives, but want things to change for the better, here's a question for you:
How can you think about (and do) life and work, in ways that mean you have #moregoodweeks?
Of course, there's no 'one-size fits all' cookie cutter solution here.
We're all wired differently - and we're all in different seasons of life, juggling different roles and responsibilities.
What we value, our main priorities - and the shape of our everyday life and work won't be the same.
Some of us have more freedom than others, to choose how we invest our time, energy and money. We may also have more or less capacity, due to factors including age, fitness, health and disability.
What makes a week a 'good' week for YOU - won't be the same for everyone else.
If you want to take some time to think about your life and work, whoever and wherever you are:
Here's an invitation:
This week, I'm launching More Good Weeks - a FREE 5 day mini-course.
It's for anyone who'd like to think about how they can decide - and do - what matters most.
And then take action.
The course itself is super practical - and will offer you an opportunity to think about where you are now, what's important to you - and what's best next. It's been designed to make a difference to your life and work - one week at a time.
You can start anytime - and work on it on your own, whenever it suits you.
You can also choose how much time you want to spend on it - anywhere from 3 minutes to 30 minutes at a time. It's perfect, if you've only got a small amount of time, but want to start to think about things, in a way that will make a big difference.
Click on the button below, to find out more - including details of how to sign up, to get the first email sent direct to your inbox.
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