Today is Fat Tuesday, marking the end of Mardi Gras, and the beginning of the Lenten season. It occurred to me, that is about the extent if my knowledge or dealings with the whole thing. I usually like to get a King cake and eat Reuben sandwiches with my coworkers. I am not a “religious” person, I do not participate in lent, or much subscribe to the idea. But I love to participate in all the hoopla that everyone else is. I want to experience it and not miss out on a minute of all the fun! In my quest to find myself and reveal the happy, honest, and genuine person I am meant to truly be, I pondered the thought: would my experiences be much greater, more meaningful and fulfilling if my knowledge was more than skin deep? If I did things more for myself than for the sake of not missing out on what everyone else was doing. Since I was a little kid, like most, I have always wanted to be a “cool kid” and I always felt like I missed out because I was a dork. I always felt like I was the last to know, that I was the brunt of the joke, that someone always knew more than I did, and I was left out. Today, that’s same feeling haunts me when I am the last to know, or I think I am telling something for the first time, and someone says “I know”. What I need to learn is, that’s life, and not everything is a personal vendetta against me. It likely has nothing to do with me. So today, I will Google king cakes and lent and enjoy my Fat Tuesday Reuben with the new spirit of enjoying things for me. I won’t miss out on the true meaning of things and rush through the experience just to be a part of the “cool kids” I will make my own experience meaningful!! Happy Fat Tuesday,
Eat, drink, and be merry!!
Just Think, you’re not here by chance, but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else- you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfull his special purpose for this generation.
I purchased a calendar the other day and inside it was the above message, which was written by DaySpring Co-founder Roy Lessin. Thought I would share, it seemed appropriate for today’s positive message.
Saying thankful prayers for more than enough,
“The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy” – address at 16th street Baptist church May 5, 1963
As my nephew put it so many years ago now, just switch your mind….sometimes we find ourselves on the wrong side of the tracks, looking at the negative, instead of the positives that face us everyday. It is as simple as switching your mind, changing your view on things, realizing the good that comes out of every situation. Everyday is a new opportunity to re-write your chapter, make this the best day yet!! Switch your mind and remember this train ride has a happy destination for us, and with each new challenge there is a depot that holds new lessons if we will stop, listen and accept the grace that the Universe presents us with each day!
We can do anything we set our mind to, but without the encouragement and support from others in our circle, we would not be able to take that first step to set the new path in motion. We all can think of a time when a simple smile or positive reinforcement caused us to look up and take that step forward to a better day ahead. Many times we have no idea the impact we have on others. Most of us say things to others, off the cuff, not thinking a thing of how it could impact the other person, or people it is directed to. It may be a simple thought, as we are going through our day, a smile as you pass by, or a long dissertation solicited from a close friend. We need to remember we must be mindful in each of these situations, and take care in our words of encouragement, advise and opinions. We never know what another person is experiencing that affects their perception of our best intentions. After all, we are masters of our Universe, and must accept that title with responsibility and respect for ourselves and others.
Saying Thankful Prayers, Chris-T
Ok, so I have never been known for my political correctness. I blame it on my good ol’ Southern roots. I am very proud to be a “Bama Belle” born and raised. We believe in second chances, saying bless your heart, and that there “ain’t” nothing (yes that IS a real word) that your momma’s chicken-n-dumplins and sweet tea can’t fix. From a scraped knee to a broken heart, those two things can mend the world. (and thats the truth as sure as I’m sittin here!) We do things a little slower here in the South. With that said, I started thinking about all the nostalgia behind New Year’s. All the resolutions from weight loss, smoking cessation, more exercise, less junk food…and all this gets decided for the whole year in ONE day??!! For Pete’s sake!!! (If you don’t know Pete then just find you a good ol Southerner and they will introduce you) Wheeeew…stresses me out!! So you know what I will be resolving for this year? NOTHING! What I will do is be happy TODAY. One of my favorite passages from one of my favorite books says “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow has its own worries. Matthew 6:34” Today I will be happy. Today I will eat some black eyed peas and greens cause that’s just what we do here. Today I will watch the best team on earth play football (Roll Tide) cause we do that here too (and if by some chance you don’t, well…it’s gonna take more than me to bless your heart!) and I am going to love spending the day with my family. THAT’S IT!! As for everything else…well, as one of my favorite Southern ladies says it best: “I’ll worry bout that tomorrow”–Scarlett O’Hara
Happy New Day everyone…and every one that follows tomorrow. : )
Contributing Editor: Bambi Powell