Simply September was a straightforward and unpretentious month for 2023. The extreme summer heat left with August, and fall seems to be naturally sauntering into our lives with a modest air. Simply September has me linking up with Jennifer for Share 4 Somethings.
Simply September – Something I Loved
Simply September brought fall blooms to the garden. I have enjoyed the cool, crisp morning air while watering the flowers each morning. While savoring the sights, sounds, and smells, I have enjoyed capturing the blooms by photographing them with my phone and sharing them with others on Instagram.
September opened the door for simple gatherings. Our faith-based Life Group began meeting after taking a break for the summer. I loved hearing of each person’s adventures over the summer break, and their hopes for the remainder of 2023.
Simply September – Something I Read
After taking the 7 Life Languages assessment, I read Communication IQ – A Proven Way to Influence, Lead, and Motivate People by Fred and Anna Kendall. The Kendalls emphasize the importance of developing our character positively while cultivating effective communication skills.
“People change when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing.” ~Anna Kendall
There are 3 basic communication styles.
The 7 Life Languages cover the specific ways we communicate with others. Though designed to help faith-based ministry teams or teams in the workplace, I can see how this information could be beneficial for families too.
“The seven languages come from the motivational gifts listed in Romans 12 and each has its own unique traits.” ~Brianna, Millennials with Meaning
The Kendalls break each of these three instinctive communication styles or intelligences into practical expressions.
- Kinetic Intelligence/Action-oriented through the Mover and Doer
- Emotive Intelligence/Feeling oriented through the Influencer and Responder
- Cognitive Intelligence/Thinking oriented through the Shaper, Producer, and Contemplator
The description of the Doer describes one of my daughters in detail and brings understanding to why she speaks of people doing their “fair share” whether she is speaking of family members or people from her workplace.
On the positive side, my daughter as a Doer needs appreciation for the fact she has completed her work with excellence. On the opportunity to grow side, my daughter as a Doer can grumble, complain, and feel like a martyr. This information helps me understand how she is “wired” which helps me connect with her heart in an understanding way, and it enables me to connect with her mind with greater clarity and effectiveness.
“Doers are trustworthy, but they need to know that others are doing their share, their work is appreciated, and they have enough time to complete the tasks they are given.” ~Fred Kendall
The Kendalls bring further clarification in how we communicate and lead others by measuring how we are affected by other’s view of us, how we view ourselves, how we are affected by our external environment, etc. Each of these “filters” can affect the quality of our communication with other people.
Simply September – Something I Learned
Simply September had me learning about team dynamics and cultural interactions. From The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni, I learned the importance of trust when engaging in conflict or when holding people accountable.
From Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team – A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators by Patrick Lencioni, I learned our vulnerability about our strengths and weaknesses play a significant part in group dynamics. Productive conflict is effective when the atmosphere gives freedom for constructive criticism while refusing to take things personally, becoming offended, or nurturing resentment.
The first two books I read were audiobooks, so I wanted a summary on my Kindle for quick reference. Instaread’s Key Takeaways, Analysis and Review of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Point Breakdown Summary of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – A 15-Minute Summary for Busy People both encapsulated the key takeaways from Patrick Lencioni’s teaching on team dynamics and cultural interactions.
From an all-at-once firehose of information to bitesize summaries, I feel like I have a basic working knowledge of how a healthy team functions. Now I need to apply what I have learned by moving from intellectual knowledge to practical day-to-day (hopefully!) healthier interactions with others.
Simply September – Something I Ate
Something I missed eating this month was Ezekiel bread. I tried forty days of gluten-free eating to see if it would help me with brain fog, but I have not seen any improvements in my health or memory thus far. I miss eating Ezekiel toast for breakfast each morning. Although Ezekiel bread is a flourless bread made from sprouted grains of barley, millet, wheat, and spelt, plus sprouted lentils and soybeans, it is still considered a gluten product because of the inclusion of wheat and barley.
Has anyone found gluten-free eating to be beneficial to your health? If so, how? And how long did it take for you to reap the benefits?
I ate lots of cabbage this month either as coleslaw or as cabbage soup. I found simply eating coleslaw and a cucumber/tomato salad to be cool and refreshing while cabbage soup brought a warm element to the table and helped with body cleansing.
Does anyone have a tried and true (and gentle) way to cleanse and heal the body naturally? Please share the wisdom you have gleaned from your life experiences.
The Lord Bless You
Simply September has our hope firmly rooted in Christ Jesus. As we enter into a season of gathering with people, may the Holy Spirit empower us to walk in a spirit of unity with those around us. As carriers of His Holy Spirit, we can carry a spirit of love and peace to those around us, resulting in an atmosphere that brings greater peace and unity to those we encounter.
“Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~Romans 15:5-6 NASB
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