A Planner for Life: That was the intent in the development of the 2 * 0 * 4 Planner.

We were singing: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength.”

That’s from Luke 10:27.  To place this verse in context:

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Je

sus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’d]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

Heart.  Soul.  Strength.  Mind.

Too much in society tells us to focus on improving our bodies.  How many of your New Year’s Resolutions are about diet and exercise, stress and sleep?  How many dream of vacations where all you do is sleep late then lay on the beach (and get sunburned)?

Society all tells us that our minds are very important.  We school our children for 12+ plus years.  We urge them to attend college for even more years, 2 or 4 or 6 or 8.  Many of us involve ourselves in Bible studies of some sort, or we read self-help articles, or we peruse magazines or take online courses.  We don’t want our minds to stagnant.  Even when we’re tired of work, we still pay attention to baseball standings or other sport scores.  Or we get involved in craft classes.  We constantly learn.  Often, improving our minds becomes one or two of those New Year’s Resolutions.

Our hearts are our relationships, and many of our self-help readings or discussions involve ways to improve our relationships with family and friends.  Yet even though we intend this improvement of our heart circles, we don’t think about turning these intentions into New Year’s Resolutions.

And the thing that is consistently neglected on many people’s New Year’s Resolutions:  that’s the Soul.

We ARE a Soul.  A soul with a beating heart for others, a curious mind, and a working body.  We think about improving heart, mind, and body.  We should work on soul improvements as well.

I’m preaching, aren’t I?  Time for marketing.

And the 2 * 0 * 4 planner can help improve Heart and Soul, Mind and Body.

How can one planner do this?

Well, come back tomorrow for more information in our week of promos.  We have seven different covers to highlight.  Or head over to Amazon.  Currently priced at $12.00, this planner is a bargain for a year’s worth of guidance.

And you will have a beautiful cover to spark joy every time you see it.

C.S. Lewis is often credited with saying

“You don’t have a soul.  You are a soul.  You have a body.”

William Walsham, in 1876, wrote:

Now I think I am wrong, after all, in saying that you have a soul. Ought I not to say, you are a soul? Is not the soul really yourself? In truth, my children, it is the soul that has a body, not the body that has a soul; for the soul is greater surely than the body, and will last when the body is laid aside in death. 

The idea originated earlier than Walsham, all the way to Luke 10:27:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”  A lawyer had asked Christ for the path to eternal life.

And Christ turned back the question with his own, a very important question, one that we need to remember.  “What is written in the Law?”  (In other words, know the Bible.)

The man answered referred with Deuteronomy 6:5:  “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

Old Testament and New Testament, and most of us are still neglecting our soul.

For most of our lives, we’re busy with our jobs (minds in use) while we concentrate on good things to eat and exercise to do (body in use).  We enjoy our time with our families and friends.  And we neglect the Soul–except for a little bit of time on Sunday, if then.

We have no trouble remembering our bodies.  It constantly reminds us of its needs:  Feed me.  Take me to the bathroom.  Let me sleep.  Get up and walk, you lazy bum.

We remember our minds, for it will chatter at us:  What do we do next?  Should we turn there?  Who on earth is that?  I’ve forgotten.  It’s on the tip of your tongue.  Write that down so we’ll remember.

Our hearts crave relationships:  husbands and wives, children and parents, sisters and brothers, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.  Friends, more friends, close friends, mere acquaintances.  Wish I knew how to keep my boss happy.  How can I help that homeless man?  My neighbor is sick;  I’ll take her some soup.  And so on.  We build circles upon circles, ever expanding spheres of contact with others.

How often do we allow ourselves time to connect to our souls.

“But I go to church,” you retort.

Is that enough?  Don’t you feel a yearning for more?

The 2 * 0 * 4 Lifestyle can give you more.  It focuses on the mind and the body and the heart AND the soul.

Set goals for all four parts of your life.  Motivate yourself with daily check-offs.  Use progress meters to evaluate shifts of focus or new changes to make.

How can one planner help me with this?

Come back tomorrow for more information in our week of promos.  We have seven different covers to highlight.  Or head over to Amazon.  Currently priced at $12.00, this planner is a bargain for a year’s worth of guidance.

And you will have a beautiful cover to spark joy every time you see it.

By the way, many dispute that Lewis said the opening quotation;  however, he did say that we have an organic unity.  Since he came to know his scripture very well (after J.R.R. Tolkien showed him Christ), I will guarantee that he was familiar Luke 10:27:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”

Find the floral 2 * 0 * 4 here, exclusively on Amazon.

How often do you change direction? Jeep has a commercial  based on the idea that we have to recalculate our lives.  We have to break society’s expectations and pursue our own.

cover by Deranged Doctor Design
a little blurry because it’s a screenshot

That commercial looks great, doesn’t it? Here’s the thing, though. What will you recalculate when you consider what is important in your life? What will direct your resolve to transform?

The 2 * 0 * 4 Lifestyle planner will NOT direct your transformation.

No one should. That transformation is up to you.

But 2 * 0 * 4 can help you clarify your goals and remind you daily to focus on them. Every six weeks, you can renew your focus or recalculate your direction.

Here’s the Jeep commercial: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_aEIjlJmzo

And here’s the planner:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720155283

Guess which one is less expensive?

Open the planner and find ~

* The Raison d’Etre: explaining the purpose of the lifestyle and providing assistance with necessary diet changes–feast and fast, eating real food and avoiding bad fats and sugars.

* The Yearly Pre-Set, a goal-setting exercise for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Body.  Accomplishments to Achieve creates lists in each area for you to consider throughout the year.

* Seasonal Pre-Set then Re-Sets, reviewing previous victories and challenges, specific goal setting, anticipated challenges, and obligations to come.

* The weekly spread, undated, with a panel for reflecting over the week, daily gratitude and meditation, upcoming goals, an inspirational quotation, and a place to note your weekly weigh-in.

* At the six-week mark is a new retrospection and prospectus, considering challenges and new ideas about your goals.  After the first two six-week marks, you will encounter progress meters for these goals.

* Calendars of important dates from 2019 to 2023.

* Notes and Looking Ahead pages, Gifts and Wish List, and My Lists:  films, restaurants, books, tech, places, hikes, music, and vacation spots.

What other planner combines heart and soul, mind and body?  Make the decision to live a whole life with 2 * 0 * 4.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720155283

Here’s a first look at the Teatime version of the 2 * 0 * 4 Lifestyle planner.

21 days to break a habit.

66 days to make a habit.

I’ve always envied the English their afternoon tea.

cover by Deranged Doctor Design
screenshot is a little blurry

It’s not the tea and the biscuits (cookies in American) and savory little sandwiches with the crusts cut off.

No, it’s the “institution” of a quiet break before we must re-gird ourselves for the remains of the day.

The Spanish have their siesta, another wise institution, especially in hotter climates.

But afternoon tea draws me in.

Some might liken this afternoon break to stopping at the local bar before heading home.  I don’t think so.  Stopping at the local is only grabbing something before heading off to consider the day done and over.

Teatime is not really the end of the day.  We still have a couple of hours of work still to do.  Tea–or coffee if that’s your preference–keeps us perfectly sober, in our selves and the world but stepped back a little.  Our bodies have time to relax; our minds have time to de-stress; our hearts, time to consider those around us, and our souls, time for quiet contemplation.

What more can we want?  A method to keep us on track.  To check our progress.  To remember all the parts of ourselves with the rapid pace of the world is clawing us into tattery shreds.

66 days to make a habit of quiet contemplation, to keep us de-stressed, to help us be considerate, and to relax before we tackle the last push of the day.

2 * 0 * 4 is designed for these 66 days.

Divided into 6-week and seasonal increments for re-setting your goals and activities.  An undated weekly layout so you can start anytime.  If life interferes, you can pick back up where you left off.

And a beautiful cover celebrating teatime, to remind you that a daily spark will save you from the mud of life.

Get your gratitude on.

The Wednesday W.Ink offers a glimpse of Digging into Death, a post-WW I mystery set on the island of Crete.

Chapter 1 :: Saturday, October 4, 1919

If ever a maiden needed a hero, Isabella did.

Crete was the famed birthplace of Zeus, the god who granted supplicants’ prayers. Standing on the steps of the Heraklion Hotel, Isabella hoped her hero appeared before a blood sacrifice was necessary.

She plunked down her suitcase on the hotel steps and fanned her wide-brimmed straw hat.  In ancient Crete the rulers had offered shelter and protection to strangers.  Yet in the closed faces of the passers-by, intent on their errands, she did not see any hospitality offered to a foreign woman alone.  She needed a recognizable and friendly face.  She didn’t see one.

Men talking, engines sputtering, horns blaring, dogs barking, donkeys braying:  after the hotel’s quiet, the cacophony assaulted her ears.  Men poured past the steps with scarcely a glance at her.  Most wore the dark Cretan jacket and loose breeches, although a few suits testified to modern Europe’s inroads on island culture.  A few women in unrelieved black walked along the dusty road, but they ignored the lone foreigner on the hotel steps.

Isabella saw no one familiar and definitely no one who looked like the reincarnation of a protective god and certainly no one who could rescue a stranded governess.

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