jeff noel, blogger, average guy, Father, Husband, teacher, is blessed and stressed after yesterday.
Blessed because I am all those things.
Stressed because I am not all those things.
Yes, my wife and I conducted an excellent Children’s Liturgy of the Word yesterday. Yet stressed, because at the afternoon birthday party, I realized there is a long way to go with helping our son work through his competitive nature.
He actually has a gift. We all do, don’t we?
Some us simply need help unwrapping it. Now, where did I put those scissors.
Is there Joy in dying? Is there Joy in death?
There certainly is Joy in birth and obviously Joy in being born. Right?
In the past 30 days, I’ve been exposed to nearly one dozen deaths. And these deaths have involved people close to me, or people close to people I’m close to. Ya with me?
Just yesterday, a good friend told me how peaceful the death of her family member was.
It started with tragic news, and there was little time to accept and deal with the impending reality.
And yet in the end, she spoke of it being Peaceful. Joyful.
Perhaps, with a little (or a lot) planning, death will be something we don’t fear, but something we view as simply part of life. Not to be feared, but to be embraced.
Maybe then we can look forward to it. Joyfully.
WWJD. What would Jesus do? Most are familiar with this.
Because my mind works in mysterious ways, this acronym could also have a second meaning:
What would jeff do? No one is familiar with this.
That’s okay. As long as it means something to me (everyday), then the odds increase that better choices are made. One day at a time. Always an eye on the future. Always a reflection on the past. But mostly, carpe diem.
What do you do every day, to get and stay focused – in the moment to moment opportunities that today brings you?
You are preparing for this TODAY, right?
At the beginning of April, I decided to see if I could develop a new habit.
Habits are easy to start if you’re not trying, especially if they are something that sounds like this:
“The easier it is to do, the harder it is to stop“.
So it also works this way:
“The harder it is to do, the harder it is to change“.
Don’t believe it? Then try to wake up and kneel by your bed, for just a minute, to say a few prayers. “Dude, if it were easy, you’d already be doing it”, is what I say to myself.
Made 26 straight days, until this morning. I’m forgiving myself though. Know why?
I woke up in at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village, in a spectacular room with a spectacular view. Disney Vacation Club’s newest offering opens May 1.
I later said the three payers in the car as I drove to downtown Orlando, to do my civic duty as a Juror.
Good luck tomorrow on whatever it is you are trying to do or stop doing. I know first hand the challenges, and rewards, for not giving up.
Get started and never stop. Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂