Thursday, March 2, 2017

Giving Something Up to Experience Little Breakthroughs

There is no middle ground when you make a decision.”
David Hooper

It is Lent. It is a time to give up those things that do not serve us. 

I will give up candy. I am a jolly rancher freak and I have a new piece every ten minutes. I will no longer surrender to the sweetness of the taste, even on three-hour long car rides or when a bicyclist cuts me off short of taking his life because he didn’t care about the traffic laws. I will fight off my urges to have those teeth killers. I also will dedicate more time to myself and give up stressing over the weight on my shoulders and instead find more reasons to live in a joyful way.

I have decided to live my life with great attention and care. I have decided to hold on to kernels of hope and take on the boiling froth of life’s many demands confidently. I have decided to maintain order in my mind even when challenges prevail.

I will take the steering wheel and drive my response to life in positive ways. I will no longer obsess over the things that are out of my reach. I will no longer validate negativity and let it dwell within. I will acknowledge the beauty that surrounds me as I take on demanding tasks.

I will stand tall and not let doubt fog over my intellectual curiosity. I will go the extra mile to emerge with happiness. I will be conscious of my efforts and celebrate my own self. I will no longer allow deep sadness to be the hat that I wear.

I will learn from my mistakes and no longer dwell in yesterday’s eclipses. I will walk on through the wind and through the rain. I will recognize my being as something special. I will let the streams of faith run through me. I will enjoy the basic, necessity of rest. I will no longer allow stress to overtake my joy and I will smile more. And I will be with joy not because someone else creates it but because I will fight for the joy I deserve. I will experience my breakthrough. https://soundcloud.com/stephanay-jnote/breakthrough


I will acknowledge that I was not built to break but to stand tall and to experience little victories. I am a warrior. I am fully aware of my strength and I will use it to the best of my ability.

So, what are you giving up for Lent? I once gave up adding sugar to my coffee and tea and until this day, I do not add anything to those beverages. I can’t even fathom the taste of a Macchiato because it is too sweet for me. Some things last, some don’t but for the most part, trying makes a big difference.  

10 comments:

  1. Powerful thoughts. I'm not giving anything up for Lent this year. I'm going to give into it and be of service with my time to people that need it.

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  2. Inspiring. I feel I should give up something for Lent but not sure what. You have inspired me to look deeper.

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  3. Not dwelling on mistakes is something I really need to focus on in my life!

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  4. I love your passion. Your words are so inspiring!

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  5. I love the way you look at things, focusing on the good in life is a great way to be!

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  6. Such great thoughts. I'm not giving anything up for Lent this year. Service is my goal this year!

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  7. You have a great outlook and motivation. I love the last line of this post, "trying makes a big difference". I think that sometimes we push ourselves so hard for the perfect outcome but we need to reflect on how hard we did work and appreciate any small changes that occur.

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  8. Great motivation but I don't do Lent. I have several friends that do and I am amazed they can keep to it.

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  9. This is beautifully written with great goals. I do not practice Lent, so I will not be giving anything up.

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  10. I love jolly ranchers too. I don't celebrate lent but I'm glad I'm not the only one who obsesses over them. :P

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