Whose lines do you memorize?
January 8, 2019

A few years ago I got a most unusual and delightful gift from Katie, a book filled with what she loves about me. What strikes me is how specific she was. Dozens of pages detailing what, exactly, she loves. Can you imagine? Try it. Follow “I love you” with “because” and then a few dozen reasons. The person on the receiving end will never be the same.

I memorized that book, and I still read it back to myself (in my head) every day. On our way back home from a hard run, just before I fall asleep, whenever. It’s changed how I feel about myself.

That’s one way I use the journal. It’s a place to stash the nice things people have said about me over the years -- in the hope, I often joke, I’ll someday believe them. But seriously. Every now and then I’ll read a few passages and renew my determination to live up to those sweet report cards.

How do you spend your free time?