Three Action Thursday

Everything is a Miracle, Or Nothing Is

This week I cover a book I’m listening to, discuss how I am auditing myself, and share three amazing quotes to get you thinking.

What I am Reading

As some of you may know, my sister (Sr. Elizabeth Sjoberg) is a Catholic Sister. She has dedicated her life to her faith through her community and is devoted to serving those most in need. She was recently spotlighted for her work in Texas along the Mexican border. Since this is a highly politicized issue right now, I thought I would share with you what it looks like to roll up your sleeves at the Southern Border and actually do something to help others rather than simply pontificate about it.

Book I am Listening To

Last week I discussed the return of Jordan Peterson. Well, this week I started listening to his newest book Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life which is a companion book to his original volume called 12 Rules for Life. Beyond Order is a bold sequel, in which Peterson delivers twelve more principles for resisting the exhausting toll that our desire to order the world inevitably takes. The book offers strategies for overcoming the cultural, scientific, and psychological forces causing us to tend toward tyranny, and teaches us how to rely instead on our instinct to find meaning and purpose, even—and especially—when we find ourselves powerless.  Beyond Order provides a call to balance these two fundamental principles of reality itself, and guides us along the straight and narrow path that divides them.

What I am Reviewing

I am in the midst of my annual personal finance check-up. How am I doing on my savings rate? Am I putting my money into retirement in a tax-advantaged way? Are the kids’ college funds looking good? What is my financial net worth? This is a handy flowchart (I love visuals) that helps you know what to do with your money besides spend it. 

Quotes I am Pondering

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. 

~ Albert Einstein, German theoretical physicist

Life is a book and you are its author. You determine its plot and pace, and you – only you – turn its pages. 

~ Beth Mende Conny, American author

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. 

~ Father James Keller, Roman Catholic priest

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