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Season of Lent: Appreciation for Life

This is the fifth post of my Lent Series, here is the first post Lent is the Beginning of Change. It is amazing that these days that bad news sells so much faster than good news. Negativity travels far and reaches so many before positive influences can take place. We look forward to other people’s misfortune’s because deep down we want to see others do worse than us. For example, look at the horrible conditions the people of Japan are going through. Thousands have loved ones that are missing, or dead, and there is no way to know of their fate. Hundreds of people have been washed out to sea and slowly washing up on the shores. In the US, we have some people who say that Japan deserved this for attacking the US during WWII. There have also been comments spoken that they were the ones truly responsible for our financial crisis (not greedy people here in our own backyards) and this is their punishment. There are some things we can do to learn from our brothers and sisters in Japan. You must look within for strength. There is something resilient about the human spirit that allows the strong minded to take charge, and fix situations. There is something deep down that wants to make a person want to live and survive, these things we should look for. In an area that is surrounded by death and suffering, we must truly have an appreciation for the life that we do have, and make the best of this short time that we have on this earth. We may not know...

Season of Lent: Acceptance of Self

This is the fourth post of my Lent Series, here is the first post Lent is the Beginning of Change. For 18 years of my life, I was overweight; and that is saying it nicely. I always tried to convince myself that once when I lose the weight, I’ll be happier. I will be able to wear clothes that I always wanted to. I will finally be free. I told myself this during all the times that I tried to lose weight. Happiness was something I couldn’t find within me, I needed to have my weight lowered for me to reach that conclusion. Every time I tried a new diet, I failed. Every time that I failed I would go into a long rant to myself in front of a mirror, while pointing out the areas on my body I didn’t like. In 2009 I decided to do something different, instead of looking for a physical marker to show my happiness, I started to rely on my mind. My weight loss journey is still going on, but I’ve lost 70 pounds so far. In order for me to move forward, I had to change. I praised myself, and I have stopped putting my self down. I had to look in the mirror and confront who I was and improve my relationship with myself. After I did that, then the weight started coming off. I think we sometimes forget that it is very important to accept ourselves first. Many times we look to worldly things, possessions, or someone else’s approval to make us happy. We try our hardest to live up...

Season of Lent: Spiritual Renew

This is the third post of my Lent Series, here is the first post Lent is the Beginning of Change. Every wonder why when winter ends and spring is about to begin, we have this urge to purge everything useless out of our lives and start again fresh? This sudden urge that we feel is not in our heads, but we are really being called to clean out our lives and straighten everything up. Deep down, we know that there are things that we strayed away from that we would like to get back to, and there are things that we would like move away from (such as a bad habit). So it is no surprise that Lent and easter both fall during this time of year when our bodies and minds are seeking to change. There is something refreshing about the power of Spring, and how it causes you to smile longer, and be kinder to others. As for myself, I have noticed that there are several things that I was doing, that affected my family life. Instead of waiting for the evenings to log online and surf the web, I found myself stealing time from my family during the day to do so. My promise during lent is to stop messing with my laptop while my children are awake. So, I’m writing this post as my daughter is napping. I realize that what I needed to change was my behavior, I can’t say that I didn’t have time in the day to play more with her, or to read her more books. The truth was, I didn’t want...
Season of Lent: Facing Our Mortality

Season of Lent: Facing Our Mortality

  This is the second post of my Lent Series, here is the first post Lent is the Beginning of Change. Wednesday morning when I woke up, my main concern was to get to church-on time. Breakfast was made the day before and clothes were laid out. Even though it was cold outside, I didn’t fight with my daughter (who is 2) when she clearly stated that she wanted to walk. We did manage to get there on time, right before the mass started, and I of course was feeling proud that at least once, we made it early. When the priest put the ashes on my forehead and then my daughter’s, My mood changed from proud to sad. The words the priest said were along the lines of remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return. I know we will all die at some point in our lifespan. The lucky ones will go peacefully, some will meet tragic ends, and others will not go willingly. However, the truth is we will all go. Living here is the United States, I notice that we have a love / hate relationship with mortality. In movies, we glorify it. We show the most gruesome scenes that man can think of and show every detail of it. We pay to look at it. In our daily lives, we shun it. We try our best to stay young and work hard to keep that girlish figure. We color our gray hair and feel proud when someone guesses our age years younger that what we are. When our loved ones die, we never...

Lent is the Beginning of Change

  As far as I could remember, every Ash Wednesday that has come and gone, the first thing people would usually ask is “Did you get your ashes yet?” It seemed like our whole existence as Catholics came down to the Lent season, and the showing that you are of a religious group. Now that Ash Wednesday has come to a close, we can finally focus on what’s really important during this Lent season–change. Change Change one of the key highlights for Lent. It is a time for us to reflect and accept who we are.  How far we have come and acknowledge the things that we did not do. The beauty of Lent is that you don’t have to be Catholic or christian to understand what it means and how it can make a person feel. Lent begins the 40 days prior to Easter and all Christians can appreciate the meaning and significance of these days. Mortality On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that we came from dust, and to dust we shall return. It is a time that have to come to terms with our own mortality, and the sheer beauty of everyday we are given. Simply, we just have to live. There is so much to say about this season and what it comes to mean to me and those around us.  In the next four posts (titles listed below) I have gone into detail of how Lent can change us.   Season of Lent Blog Series Facing our Mortality Spiritual Renew Acceptance of Self Appreciation for...
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