We often watch movies with a romantic theme where two people meet and somehow fall madly in love through a series of events that in the real world would be impossible. There are cable channels devoted to this script formula. What about in the real world? Where exactly does one take their list of attributes and plug in another human being?
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With the lightning speed that life is moving lately, I am very thankful for the little things in my life. The fact that I’m still able to call friends and family, and that I still have genuine friends and family to count on. So many are suffering, mostly in silence, yet throw on the biggest smile in public. If you are one of those people I encourage you to open up, get angry, cry – whatever it takes to release the emotions. If you have been deciding on making that call for professional help, reach out and do it. Take charge of your life and let it become all that you envisioned and imagined. There is a lot of truth that life goes by too fast, and is always too short – make the most of all that you have. We need you, and you are loved(even if you just got off a very passive aggressive phone call with your mother)!
Make tomorrow, and every day after, a positive step in your goals no matter how large or small. Do not let anyone tell you you can’t do anything. You can and you will!
This year is really flying by! I can’t believe we are already in March and it’s time for Lent. I am not Catholic in any way but I have always been fascinated by how Catholics and the, “I’m only Catholic on holidays” Catholics celebrate this religious process. The basic concept is denying yourself something for 40 days in an effort to draw you closer to God. It’s not Biblical but it is what they believe. I have yet to meet someone who hasn’t broken Lent within a week or actually avoided eating meat on Friday. I wanted to take this a step further to see if people can go without something important to them for any time period all in an effort to draw themselves closer to God? There are so many things we do on a daily basis that are such a habit that we don’t even realize we are doing them. Humans are ritualistic and forget to function on thought sometimes because it takes too long to break cycles.
What if we challenged ourselves to spend a few days trying something else? Doing something new or letting go of a vice that may be killing us in an effort to pull closer to God? And for those who don’t or refuse to believe in God, doing all the same just to find some peace of mind or clarity? I am not saying to do this for 40 days at a time but start small. If you smoke, go a full day without cigarettes. If you are a heavy drinker, cut back to once a week. If you have a gym membership that you barely use, make an effort to start going once a week. There are very big and small ways in our lives that we can make changes to find balance. It all comes down to if we are willing or not. I have challenged myself to get a lot of the stuff done around the house that needs it before it gets too warm outside. I like to do yard work in late Winter/early Spring versus trying to hump around all summer in the heat. I want to fully enjoy Summer this year. My smaller more personal goal, not just for 40 days, is to spend more time each day with God. I have found myself doing too much other stuff and then realized it’s just stuff. I felt empty.
What will you be inspired to do? Maybe it is time to let go of those old pains, get that big final cry out? Maybe it is time to try something new – almost anything new! Cliff diving in Mexico might not be your thing but wearing a dress for the first time in years might be your start. Going on that first date, deciding to take things to the next level, planning to get married or working toward making your relationship or marriage stronger versus throwing in the towel, or remembering why you have always loved that person no matter what and finally making your lives become one. It is never too late for any of this. You are the starting point.
Whether it is for Lent, one week or one day, you should strive to cut away the old bad habits. That is the only way new and positive habits will enter your life and stick around. What will you try today?
It’s Independence day here in the US and most people are doing the bbq thing, worrying about how much food they should or shouldn’t cook. I want to take a moment to remind us to remember what this day is really in celebration of and how much further we need to go in American and as Americans. Equality is still being fought for, as is maintaining our freedom by those overseas and stationed here within the US borders. It’s not a day to worry about how many Pinterest ideas you have for an American flag dessert or table scape; remember those who we have lost, are losing to PTSD and those who are braving the choice by enlisting.
For those sitting around enjoying a day off, reach out to those who may not have family in the area. Fellowship with your neighbors, or make a new friend today.
Happy 4th of July everyone! Stay safe, thankful and free.