Easter was on Sunday and Passover ends at sundown on Tuesday of this week.
The excitement of Easter coming used always be that we could finally indulge again in whatever it was that we gave up for Lent. How many of you spent Lent just waiting for it to end so you could go back to whatever you chose to abstain from? I often gave up sweets or procrastination or white-flour products or in recent years, gave up my iPad or something like that. But the cravings get to the point of focusing on what we gave up instead of enjoying the period of abstinence and why it was good to not have it. Or, focusing on using that time period to adopt a good habit. Easter for some became the rush to get back to indulging.
To apply this to other aspects of our life, it’s a little bit easier to stop doing something without actually fully giving thought to why we ever did it in the first. That’s the thing with crash diets. Temporary fixes are just that, temporary.
Lent is a 40 day period of abstinence that ends. Have you already gone back to indulging? Before this first week after Easter gets too far along, pause and use some of the meditation time with Deepak and Oprah to think about what you really want to carry forward. Don’t just reflexively indulge again. Open your mind and your habits to a new revelation, an overhaul, a new spring, a new you, a new thought of who you want to be. Think deliberately about what you bring into the rest of this season.
“When your inner world changes, the outer world that you touch changes, little by little.”
“When you decide ahead of time that your inner state of being is going to be peaceful and loving, understanding and compassionate, sharing and forgiving, no matter what any outer moment brings, then the outer world loses it power over you.”
I used to be better at going with the flow and not getting too bent out of shape about things. Regrettably, I’ve allowed myself to get away from that. I’ve gone back to my indulgences from many Lents ago. Now is a good time for each of us to not slip back into what we gave up for Lent. If we could manage to give up whatever we gave up for those 40 days, did we need it? Could we better off leaving those habits on a more permanent basis, whatever they were back in Lent? I am challenging myself and challenging you too.
A friend sent the below to me and several other friends on Easter Sunday. It helped to remind me of what to do as well as what not to do. Indulge in the positive and leave the other stuff back in Lent.
1. Don’t complicate life. We won’t be here forever. Once this day is over, it’s gone forever. Your time is too valuable to waste on nonsense.
2. No matter what knocks you down in life, get up and keep going. NEVER GIVE UP. Great blessings come as a result of great perseverance.
3. Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.
4. Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who don’t give up.
5. Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
6. Disappointments were not meant to destroy you. They were meant to strengthen you and give you fortitude to accomplish your God-given destiny.
7. We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but by appreciating what we do have.
8. Your child will follow your example, not your advice.
9. One day, you’ll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.
10. Associate yourself with people of good quality. For it is better to be alone than in bad company.
11. Don’t fear change. You may lose something good, but you may also gain something great.
12. When you love what you have, you have everything you need.
13. The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.
14. Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have – GRATITUDE.
15. Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it has left you.
16. When you choose to forgive those who have hurt you, you take away their power.
17. Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you are waiting.
18. Isn’t it ironic:
– We ignore those who adore us, but adore the ones that ignore us
– We love those who hurt us, but hurt the ones that love us.
19. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. Every story has an end, but in life every end is just a new beginning.
20. You were born to win. Although to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.
21. Every day is a NEW beginning, take a deep breath and START AGAIN.
22. Know that you are loved. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are beautiful. You have purpose. You are a masterpiece.
23. Don’t compare your progress with that of others. We all need our own time to travel our own distance.
24. Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.
25. Bad things happen everyday to everyone. The difference is in how people deal with it.
26. When you make a commitment, you build hope. When you keep it, you build trust.
27. Two things define you: Your PATIENCE when you have NOTHING, and your ATTITUDE when you have EVERYTHING.
28. Being honest may not get you a lot of FRIENDS but it will always get you the RIGHT ONES.
29. Working on yourself is the hardest part of life. Keep growing up, no matter where you are.
30. Be selective in your battles. Sometimes peace is better than being right.
31. Keep people in your life who truly love you, motivate you and make you happy. If you know people who do none of these things, let them go.
32. Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything.
NO ➔ Shortcuts
NO ➔ Quick fixes
NO ➔ Blaming others
NO ➔ I’ll do tomorrows
NO ➔ EXCUSES!!
34. Surround yourself with positive people who will support you when it rains, not just when it shines.
35. Being defeated is often a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent.
You are not what you are doing. You are what you are being.