Lent is Upon Us

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Lenten season has started and I have been feeling a little behind schedule. I’m still working on explaining that but I think some of it is the fact I missed Ash Wednesday for the first time in years.  I was traveling on Valentine’s Day and wasn't able to get to mass which made me sad.   Have been on the go so much I that even my annual self-assessment took a back seat. 

No matter the delays I am still very much committed to the process of adding positives and subtracting negative behaviors within my everyday practice.  Deciding what to sacrifice and what to encourage on my spiritual journey for Lent was surprisingly difficult this year.  The reality is that I am single handedly in the best and worst place of my life, which is an odd truth (again still figuring out how to explain). So with that in mind here is what I decided

Additions (the Good)
  • Saying YES to fun – I’m tired of being too tired or busy to enjoy opportunities to celebrate and have fun with those that make my world so special.  I am saying yes to trips, games, dinners, dates, and everything in between. 
  • Extra Gym Time – since I’m in need of some healthy stress relievers this seemed like a great idea.
  • Service and Church – doing for others in the big ways and small ways. Paying it forward in deed and dollar. I am still searching for my home church but in the meantime I am returning to my old haven and spending some time talking to God and asking for forgiveness and grace.


Subtractions (the Bad)
  • Sugar – it is time to let those last few pounds in my mid-section go and cut my newfound dependence on sweets
  • Making Decisions to Please Others – sorry people, I can’t do it anymore. Putting me first and giving less of a rat’s behind about your feelings as I do it. 
  • Overworking – I have been married to my job the last few years which is much easier then most things but it has taken a toll. It is time to slow down, take my vacation days, manage up and live my life outside of the office. I need to get my spiritual and literal house in order



Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.


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