“The Lenten season begins. It is a time to be with you, Lord, in a special way, a time to pray, to fast, and thus to follow you on your way to Jerusalem, to Golgotha, and to the final victory over death.
I am still so divided. I truly want to follow you, but I also want to follow my own desires and lend an ear to the voices that speak about prestige, success, pleasure, power, and influence. Help me to become deaf to these voices and more attentive to your voice, which calls me to choose the narrow road to life.
I know that Lent is going to be a very hard time for me. The choice for your way has to be made every moment of my life. I have to choose thoughts that are your thoughts, words that are your words, and actions that are your actions. There are not times or places without choices. And I know how deeply I resist choosing you.
Please, Lord, be with me at every moment and in every place. Give me the strength and the courage to live this season faithfully, so that, when Easter comes, I will be able to taste with joy the new life that you have prepared for me. Amen.”
Tensions ease in the air of quiet #simplicity. It’s here where you realize what truly matters.
“The past is the past and has nothing to do with you. It has nothing to do with right now. Do not let anything from your past inhibit you in this present moment. Start over. Start Fresh. Each day. Each hour. Each minute. Just get going.”
“Living a purposeful life requires a change of heart, a conversion. Such a conversion may be marked by a sudden inner change, or it can take place through a long, quiet process of transformation. But it always begins with an inner experience of discontent which has been transformed.
Our conflicts and pains, our tasks and promises, our families and friends, our activities and projects, our hopes and aspirations, no longer appear to us a fatiguing variety of things that we can barely keep together, but rather as affirmations and revelations of the new vision within us.
All these other things, which so occupied and preoccupied us, now come as gifts or challenges that strengthen and deepen the new life that we have discovered. This does not mean that the purposeful life makes things easier or takes our struggles and pains away. Sometimes it even becomes more intense. But our attention is no longer directed to the “more or less.” What matters is to listen attentively and to go obediently where we are being led, whether to a joyful or a painful place.”
“Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not.”
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” #Socrates
This too will pass.
This will pass like the sun rising.
This will pass like a breath of wind
across the face of a leaf.
Like the butterfly,
who just this morning came,
in a flash of bright colour, and then went.
It will pass.
Those things you worry at now,
with the tip of your tongue.
Lift up, and weigh, and heavily put down.
They will pass.
The things sore yet,
and burdensome upon your heart.
They will catch the wind, and graciously depart.
They will pass.
And behind, in their wake,
might come more things.
But you know this, just as you know yourself adequate.
For all things pass.
The butterfly reminds you of this,
as does the falling leaf.
And the rising sun, warm now,
upon your upturned cheek.
Living Tree Poetry