I have already written and published a post about what I read in May 2016. I’ll be linking both of these with emily p. freeman.
The first thing I learned was not to set off on a long distance train journey without checking the National Rail app on my phone for the whole of the journey. (Although it is possible for disruption to occur once I have boarded the first train!)
Next I learned that it is best to answer the question, “May I phone you?” with some delaying tactic, like “It might be better if I phone you. When would be a good time?”
Then there was the problem of dealing with panic attacks. I need to remind myself that the best reaction to a panic attack is not to panic, but to pray. Believing the lies that come into my head during a panic attack can lead to over-reacting and causing difficulties for myself and others.
In stressful situations I need more rest than usual. Do other people find that too?
I was reminded that God really does answer prayer. For example, I prayed about knowing when to return home. I took into account the likely busyness of the day after the May Day Bank Holiday. I consulted with family members. I considered the other things that were going on and made a rational decision. The train I travelled on was only going as far as I needed, although it usually continues on this route for over an hour longer. As a result there were plenty of seats. I didn’t worry when it was delayed a few minutes and just caught the connecting train.
I hope I have learned not to expect things to go wrong and prevent me from doing the things I really want to do. I hadn’t previously recognised that I have this tendency. If I make my decisions prayerfully, it does not make sense to expect that I’ll be prevented from acting on them.
Taking a break from my usual routine allowed me to stand back from my writing projects. I have decided to abandon my work-in-progress and try to tell the story in a completely different way. (But I haven’t begun yet!)