How are YOU living?
So today is Good Friday.
Are you like me and sometimes think–what’s Good about this Friday? Why is it called that?
Because today is the day our Savior was taken to the cross, and put to death. What’s good about that?!? I’ll tell you what’s good. HIM. He knew what was to come and He did it anyway. He laid down His life for you and me–and y’all…That’s better than good. That’s AMAZING.
So today, on one of the most holy days available to us, reflect on yourself. What are you doing? How are you living? Lay it down and be JOYOUS. For, though the event was tragic, the results were miraculous.
Here is an amazing video I saw this morning–it brought tears to my eyes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Pay attention to the small things. They could actually be really big things that you can’t even fathom.
Today is Holy Thursday–and Matthew Kelly brings up a REALLY good point. The disciples have a meal with Jesus, much like they do every other evening. BUT–this night is different, very different. Did they know that this was a big deal? That this ordinary event that they experienced daily would actually turn into one of the most famous events of all time?
Because that is what extraordinary things are–they are ordinary events/actions that become something so much bigger.
God loves ordinary things. Matthew Kelly says “I wonder what the disciples were thinking that Thursday morning. You know, did they just think it was another Thursday? Did they just think it was another Passover?
We’ve been talking a lot about awareness, you know, as we made our journey through Lent. I wonder what sort of awareness the disciples had. They spent three years of their lives with Jesus. They probably had dinner with him every night. Did they know this night was different? Did they know this night was special? And when he broke the bread, said the blessing, shared the wine—what kind of awareness did they have about what was happening? Did they realize they were at one of the most pivotal moments in history? Did they realize they were at the most important meal in the history of the world?
I guess the point is that we can wander through life half asleep. We can wander through life unconscious of a lot of really, really, really important things. And God’s constantly trying to wake us up.
And so, as we enter into these very, very sacred days, I think God’s probably trying to do the same thing to us. He’s probably trying to give us a little shake and say, “Wake up. Pay attention. This is important.” And if we do, I think, he always richly rewards us.”
You know what one of the biggest causes of us walking through life half asleep–half unconscious of our surroundings…is the fact that we are not truly HAPPY. That we are in fact, UNHAPPY.
UNHAPPY is not the same as depressed. UNHAPPY is not the same as experiencing a mind-numbing, life changing grief. UNHAPPY is something you have unintentionally conditioned your mind, body and soul to believe is true, right, and the way it should be.
You wake up every morning and go to a job that doesn’t make you smile. You run the same errands and attend the same groups/clubs, etc. And you convince yourself that this is good and that you are HAPPY.
But then think about how you feel when you are in a place that genuinely brings joy to your heart. Think about how light you feel and how it is hard to take that smile off your face. THAT, my friends, is HAPPY.
So wake up. Not just today, but everyday. FIND your happy, follow your JOY. Don’t convince yourself that you are too busy to take care of yourself. Because God (or the Universe or the guiding spirit, or however you want to refer to this super power that is all good and all knowing), wants YOU to be HAPPY in the ordinary things. When you’re happy in the ordinary things, extraordinary things happen.
Much love and blessings to you today and every day.
Enter your day slowly.
Do something just for you. Maybe it’s sitting in the quiet with a cup of coffee. Maybe it’s working out. Maybe it’s prayer or meditation. Whatever it is, do it.
Don’t let the day start without good head space. Get your mind in the right place, and the day will follow.
My favorite thing to do –before anyone else gets up and about is to go sit on my back deck with a cup of coffee. Admittedly, I am guilty of checking my phone during that time, but it’s just kind of my thing first thing in the morning. I sit outside while my dog goes to do his thing and I just zone out into phone land. Because as soon as I start to rouse the little monsters, there is no more me time.
Another thing I love to do each morning is to turn the radio off while driving J Man to school. I reflect and pray for the day and talk with J about what the day has to offer. We pray together and then we decide that we’re going to rock the day! And it’s amazing. To hear that sweet little voice say the Our Father with me makes my heart swell every single morning.
Each new day is a new opportunity to become the best-version-of-yourself. What better way to start a new opportunity than to reflect in silence, solitude and stillness.
Today’s challenge is to brainstorm ways to start your day. So, I challenge you to sit down and really think about a way to get you going, to be ready to “rock this day.” And then go do it.
I can’t stop staring at this picture. If this doesn’t radiate JOY and GRATITUDE, I don’t know what does.
I am choosing to surrender to love every day–and be joyous and grateful for the abundance of blessings that are in my life.
It NEVER fails to amaze me when I start to see a pattern of lessons, from different sources, all pointing to the same direction.
Today, in Best Lent Ever, they explore managing the PRESENT to create the future. And what is so crazy about that??? Well, in all of the literature I’m reading, in all of the IG and Facebook posts I’m following–there is a THEME.
What is that theme?
To embrace SILENCE, SOLITUDE and STILLNESS.
Set aside a time every day to reflect upon your life, your meaning, your purpose.
Great lives are made up of action AND rests.
Rests = silence, solitude and stillness.
You will truly find when you put yourself in good headspace, the rest of the day flows easily. Even on bad days. Head space is SO important.
What’s even more, Mercury is in retrograde, that even has the non-believers grasping for air. It’s just off. Have you noticed? Are you cranky for NO reason? Do you want to be all by yourself, when normally you’re a social junkie? It’s no joke. My very dear friend at ShopMyrrh.com explains it so very well. But what YOU need to take out of it all–is do not ignore your body’s natural pull to stay home or be suddenly introverted.
Because, to be the best-version-of-yourself in the future, you must be 100% in the present. And a lot of times, to do that, you must rest.
So, friends, rest.
SILENCE, SOLITUDE, STILLNESS.
If even for 10 minutes.
Then open your eyes, smile, and know that love and peace fill your heart.