Love Song for Easter

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a consistency of struggles and changes during the first quarter of the year, more particularly over lent.  I’m not sure if it’s oppression or not, but I often tend to get spiritually, financially, purposefully challenged the beginning of each year. As Easter approaches, I reach an internal spring cleaning of sorts.  My spirit feels renewed (as much as I let it) and I reminded of the hope and glory God’s love offers.

So in the spirit of change and faith, I thought of posting an old favorite song of renewal:

He’s more than the laughter or the stars in the heavens
As close a heartbeat or a song on her lips
Someday she’ll trust Him and learn how to see Him
Someday He’ll call her and she will come running
and fall in His arms and the tears will fall down and she’ll pray,  “I want to fall in love with You”

And of course, my favorite Jesuit quote that has motivated me through many changes:

 

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. – Father Pedro Arrupe SJ

Both are fervent reminders to fall in love, stay in love, and let God. Much needed after all this internal questioning and settling I’ve been going through. Thank you, Love 🙂

Because you are alive, everything is possible!

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We often tell ourselves, “I’ll be happy when….” or “I’ll feel better about myself when….”. Sure the motivation is great, but what about now? What about enjoying what life presents to you, right now? Whatever you give out in thought, word, feeling, and action is returned to you. Whether the return is negative, or positive, failure or success, is all up to what you give out.  The trick is: keeping the right perspective. It’s easy to question our worth, how or why things happen to us, but don’t take your thoughts, time or life for granted: “because we are alive, everything is possible.”  

Trust

I finally got time to sort out some of the paperwork I brought over, and found this gem from one of Mom’s old letters to me

Rise above the emotionalism and use your innate common sense and faith to clarify your goal and path to go towards it. Discern the precious from the waste. Sharpen your inner strength and discipline. Accept your specialness amongst the ordinary with serenity. Share your blessings and experiences silently. And trust that when the path seems foggy and He doesn’t seem to be there, someone will be sent to guide you

Will definitely keep these words close to heart….

 

No matter what happens….

So I’ve spent the last week or so cleaning, packing and sorting out my life.  I’ve accumulated so much, and want to hang on to so much that this moving process certainly hasn’t been easy.  In between all the mess, I found a note I carried in my purse for months.  It’s something I wrote to myself as an encouragement when I felt lonely and confused.  Now it comes as a strong reassurance that no matter what happens, it will all be worthwhile.

“Be patient with yourself.  Allow yourself all the trepidation and clumsy uneven infatuation that you would with a stranger.  Try only to be kinder, softer and remember all the things within you which are worth loving.  Listen to the voice at the back of your head which tells you, as much out of sadness as anger ‘You are ugly, you are boring, you are stupid.’ Give to the fleeting moment of attention it craves, then remind it “even if that were true, I’d still be worth loving. No matter what happens, whether people drift away or as life challenges you, never forget that you would always be worth loving.”

I leave San Francisco, my home for the past 8 years, tomorrow and found this just in perfect timing.

Embracing Change

Change is rarely easy or comfortable or direct. It’s weird and sloppy and full of undiscovered variables and unknown self-reactions. But it’s inevitable. Your life and this world will always change. As for more? Well, I prefer to embrace it. I let go of things I can’t control. I keep moving forward but know I might make detours before arriving at my destination. And I look forward I experiencing and learning treasures along the way.

Karl the Fog, SF

Spirit of Possibility

The war you feel within – that restlessness, the undending uncertainty – is not to be dismissed, avoided, hated. That internal conflict is not dark, it is a beaming light trying to focus you, the rolling thunderous call of courage, the rays of greatness seeking to explode beyond your skin to touch once more the Spirit of Possibility. (Brendon Burchard)

Cheers to new beginnings! Welcome to my new blog on my everyday inspirations and adventures.  I’m about to begin a big leap of faith – quitting my job for family and travel – and this quote seemed very apt to describe the restlessness and change stirring within me. It’s sure to be a process of learning and living (as life always is), but I am not leaving room for doubt or fear. Just hope, trust and satisfaction.