- The first fundraiser held by the local Yoruba association was successful! The goal was to raise money to support St. Mary’s Hospital in Ibadan so that it can help people with diabetes. I hope that many lives can be improved and enriched by the proceeds of this fundraiser.
- The elder of my two younger brothers is officially a university graduate as of Tuesday! I’m so proud of his accomplishment, especially because the path to this success was not smooth. He and I have a difficult relationship but I can’t shake that sisterly pride!
- I finally managed to redesign this blog! It’s been a long-time goal so I’m glad I was finally able to release what I’ve been working on for you to see (I’ll say more on that later). I’m also thankful for books and for all the resources that are available on Google; they were a big help. If you notice anything that’s not working as it should be, please let me know in the comments!
- For my annual camping trip with my sister and friends this weekend! It’s going to be so relaxing (by God’s grace)…I cannot wait!
- My dad’s visit last weekend and his safe trip back to his second home. It can seem repetitive to give thanks for things like this until disaster strikes and we’re reminded that we’re not promised tomorrow. I think of all the future plans that I make…it’s sobering to recall that tomorrow is not guaranteed. It is only if God wills it that it will come to pass. I think of those who lost their lives in the Dana plane crash and I feel so sorry…I don’t have adequate words. I know I’m blessed that my life was not directly affected but I hurt for those whose lives are over and those who will be defined by this tragedy. May those who perished rest in peace, and may God give those who live the strength to go on. I feel pretty foolish in retrospect for crying over a frustrating blog-related quandary!
I read Chichi’s blog entry Is Perfection Stopping You From Accomplishing Your Goals? and I could relate: the quest for perfection stops me from progressing in so many areas of my life (and it leads me to procrastinate, big time!). When things don’t go as planned I get frustrated, and frustration with me always leads to tears (so mature, right?). I become obsessed with figuring out every last detail, even the minor things that really don’t matter. I can’t count how many nights in the past few weeks that I’ve gone to bed at 2:00am or 3:00am (or later) and all I would have to show for six or seven hours’ work is one small, minor tweak to the site that I had to resolve before sleeping. Some might see this tenacity as a good trait but it’s misdirected: I don’t get other important things done because I’m fixated on tiny details that really don’t matter. God help me!
I encourage anyone who suffers from this disease of seeking perfection (and I know there are many of us) to relax a bit. In my case, I’ll put up the new design even though it’s not perfect, but I can tweak it as I go along. And at one point I have to stop because there are other far important things to take care of.
May you always have something to give thanks for.