Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy your loved ones! : )
Have a great weekend everybody! : )
In Heaven, God will reveal what on Earth He chose to conceal.
~ David Brandt Berg
In Heaven, God will reveal what on Earth He chose to conceal.
And I said to the one who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the Unknown.’ And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.’
~ Minnie Haskins
I was at Disney the other day and saw a “Today I Feel” magnet board with Disney character faces on it expressing different feelings. You know so you can choose whatever emotion you are feeling on any particular day and frame it within the movable little square it brings. It was really cute so I bought one for myself. And then I bought one for a friend of mine whose moods swings some days can have that little square hopping all over that magnet board. I figured she’d overlook my insinuation and appreciate the fun distraction. : )
After using it for a couple of days I realized that this board, although equipped to show the most common moods and emotions, omits some of my most recurrent ones. So I thought, okay I’m gonna have to custom design one just for me. And then I thought, well, while I’m at it maybe I’ll add an app to it; you know, to get rid of a negative mood and easily access a more desirable one at the touch of a button. After all, it seems there’s an app for just about anything. So how about one that would instantaneously and genie-like blink me out of a bad mood and into a good one? Something that’d work faster than a bite of dark chocolate (as doubtful as that may be). Yes that would be grand, wouldn’t it? Feel frustrated, angry, enraged while at the office and want to stop before you ring your co-workers neck? There’s an app for that. Feel frightened, anxious, hopeless about the state of the country and want to stop before you go postal on somebody? There’s an app for that. Feel threatened, jealous, resentful and want to stop before you really lose that someone you love? There’s an app for that. Feel stressed, annoyed, aggravated at traffic and want to get there teletransporter-style before you have a heart attack? There’s an app for that. [You moms, you know you want this one, admit it]. Like magic. That’d be pretty cool, huh?
Yeah, no, not exactly. I don’t know about adding this feature to our already existing push-button, instant gratification world. As it is, we spend an immense amount of time in cyberspace, wearing our hearts on our webpages, if you will, where we learn about engagements, weddings, divorces, births and deaths, and discuss current events with a zillion people at once, all in the most impersonal of ways. And I’ve come across a number of mood-tracking applications readily out there to help people quickly change their moods, not quite at genie-like blink speed, but certainly in the most uninvolved and indifferent of ways. Nothing like social media to strip away interpersonal skills. Whatever happened to reaching out to a friend or family member to help us get out of a bad mood or emotion? Nah, that requires more than just the push of a button I’m afraid; that means engagement, time, and patience. Too much to ask for maybe?
Truth is there’s nothing like live communication I believe, and although yours truly is herself guilty of cyberspacing and texting, as I can appreciate the reaching out capability of social networking, through which I’ve been able to reconnect with some friends and family, I don’t fail to recognize the dangers of conforming to this medium’s addictive character and hooking power over us to depend on it for human interaction. I mostly worry for the kids, the ones growing up digital, who seem to choose texting over calling in a birthday wish to even their closest of friends. Of course, at the end of the day, life is all about balance, and it’s important to find it in this arena as well, and to teach our children the value of this balance.
— Hey, what’s going on?
— Ugh, I’m in such a bad mood.
— Why, what’s wrong?
— Well, today when I ………
I don’t know, call me old fashion, call me sentimental, but I think nothing beats the warm comforting sound of a live voice over the phone or the reassuring feeling of a face-to-face presence over coffee to help you get into the right place again. Thank goodness there’s NO app for that!
This bright, new day…complete with 24 hours of opportunities, choices, and attitudes… a perfectly matched set of 1440 minutes.This unique gift, this one day, cannot be exchanged, replaced or refunded. Handle with care. Make the most of it. There is only one to a customer.~ Author Unknown ~
Me and my bro…the best pilot you ever saw. : )
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Let’s make each day count people! Have a great weekend. : )
Lent has arrived. For Catholics this is a time of prayer, fasting and giving alms. However, many people do not observe this sabbatical from self-indulgences. Actually, for Catholics it is mostly a time of penance as we take 40 days to abstain from those things which bring us personal gratification and instead we are called to do acts of charity for others, and attempt to carve out some quiet time during our day to pray and get closer to God in order to obtain the fruit of spiritual growth. These traditions are important and significant no doubt. However, I have found that penance can sometimes be easier than celebration.
Hard to believe another season of Lent is upon us. But tomorrow morning, as us Christians awake to Ash Wednesday, we embark once again on another journey of reflection, penance, fasting, and works of mercy in preparation for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Sounds like a tough 40-day run doesn’t it? Well, yes, at times it can be, especially those works of mercy. But as the saying goes, practice makes perfect, and we need a lot of practice in this regard. Hence the annual observance.
The cool thing would be to attain this year-round, don’t you think? Let’s make this a meaningful and faith-filled Lent season. I pray the ashes you receive tomorrow touch more than just your foreheads. I pray they touch your hearts.
Jesus, you place on my foreheadthe sign of my sister Death:
“Remember you are dust,and to dust you shall return.”
How not hear her wise advice? One day my life on earth will end; the limits on my years are set, though I know not the day or hour. Shall I be ready to go to meet you? Let this holy season be a time of grace for me and all this world.
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.”
– a meditation by Victor Hoagland, C.P.
I leave you with a bit of Lent comic relief….after all, God has a sense of humor.
If Connie was a priest….. : )
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Dear family and friends – wishing all of you a very happy Valentine’s Day full of joy and LOVE.
“I am blown away at the celebration of the violence against women in it,” she
said. “That’s what comes across to me even more strongly than the anti-abortion
message. I myself am a survivor of domestic violence, and I don’t find it charming.
I think CBS should be ashamed of itself.”
(But even if you have that camera, put it down and make sure to take it in with the naked eye. : ) “Taking it In” – Glacier National Park, Montana
Photo by Lauren Perez. Copyright © July 2005 Connie Perez. All rights reserved.
For me, the waiting is a time of preparation, a time of centering, a time of allowing the expected and the unexpected to manifest, and above all, a time of stillness.
~ J.D. Marston
“Patience Pays” – Glacier National Park, Montana
Photo by CCPerez. Copyright © July 2005 Connie Perez. All rights reserved.
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