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Thursday Three For All: Reactions, Rituals, and Rainbow Sprinkles

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)

 

Pay Attention to Your Reaction

(via @mkpearson) This is a great reminder that it’s not just our actions, but our reactions that reveal what’s happening in our hearts.

At the end chapter 9, Luke records four different reactions by potential Jesus followers. First, James and John want to call down fire from heaven when they see that they, nor Jesus, are welcomed by Samaritans. They were being rejected. The Sons of Thunder reacted by wanting to live up to their name and bring destruction from the sky (see Luke 9:51-56).
Second, a very zealous man was told by Jesus to think twice before following Him. Being with Jesus wasn’t about comfort and ease and “the good life” (see Luke 9:57-58).
Third, a man’s reaction to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him was a request to have time to bury his dad (see Luke 9:59-60).
Finally, a man reacts by wanting to say goodbye to his family (see Luke 9:61-62).
I find it interesting that the ones who knew better and the ones who had the worst reaction of all are the ones who are well known as Jesus’ disciples – James and John.
Jesus’ response to the other three were harsh, but not rejections.

 

How a Structured Evening Ritual Can Help You Stay Sharp and Rested

(via @Manish_Analyst) Although he failed to mention “bowl of ice cream” (an absolute necessity to close the day), this is a helpful look at nightly routines.

While you may not want to admit that lack of sleep really affects your work, it is simply not true. A recent study concluded that the US economy loses $411 billion due to tired workers—who are less productive and focused.

Of course, you may not be able to guarantee that you get a full eight hours every single night for the rest of your life. But establishing a set routine to quiet your mind and relax your body before you fall asleep can help you get a deeper, better rest. This is something that is especially important to entrepreneurs who need to stay sharp and focused all day long.

Multiple scientific studies have concluded a link between a consistent nighttime routine and better rest for children, so it is safe to say that a nightly ritual can have the same effect on adults as well. An evening routine can certainly vary from person-to-person, but here are some tips on how you can find what works best for you.

 

How Rainbow Colored Candy Sprinkles Are Made

(via @laughingsquid) Rainbow sprinkles are a waste of dessert topping. There. I said it. Please do not email me; you won’t change my mind. But still, watching ’em get made is oddly satisfying.

 

photo credit: Jason Mathis

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