Sunday, February 24, 2013

Change is Love

As you know by now, Sundays are my favorite day of the week.  It was a beautiful sunshiny day here in the Midwest, which made me happy, especially since, in my opinion, it's still WAY too cold around here. 

I don't know if I have mentioned it, but I'm looking forward to Spring and some hopefully warmer weather.  Although, looking at the weather app on my phone this morning, there are warnings of more snow to come.  Here's hoping that is not true...

Today, with a bit of a twist, I completed my February Quests

Flossing
While in a hurry to get ready for church this morning, I completely forgot to floss.  How can that be after a routine for the last 24 days?  I don't know either, but it happened.  So, of course, I had to run upstairs to floss later in the day when I realized it...which might have been around the time I sat down to write this blog...   Anyway, it's done.

Exercising
So the big twist is that I did not run/walk on the treadmill in our basement today.  Instead, Hubby and our Engineer wanted to actually go to our local YMCA, where we hold memberships.  I know...I've never mentioned that and I have been posting about exercising for the last two months.

As you might have guessed, the local Y makes a killing off our family.  I console myself with the idea that they do so many good things for our community and they offer such a great message and we are just wonderful people for supporting them while we don't wear out all their beautiful exercise equipment.  Yeah...that's what I tell myself as I pay that bill each month.

Today we went and I have three things to say about going to the gym. 
1) I have never enjoyed exercising at a gym with other people.
2) The treadmills there are so smooth and I always go faster and farther when I run/walk on them.
3) I have to actually get in my car and drive there, taking much more time to work out than just going down to the basement.  Let's face it, I'm more likely to work out if I just have to walk down the stairs.

So you can see for me, the cons outweigh the pros, which is why I don't end up taking advantage of our Y membership like I should.

But today we did and I completed Week 2 - Day 3 of C25K going faster and farther than I have this month at home on our treadmill.  Hmmmmm

Share Love
This month of focusing on ways to Share Love has been an amazing experience for me.  I have mostly written about the feelings of love or the actions of others on this blog, but I have actually accomplished a few Acts of Love that I have not shared in my daily writings.

I decided not to share that part of this quest with you because it felt personal and private.  Sometimes no one else, including the recipient, knew who the Act of Love was done by and I don't want that part spoiled.

Some days, I spent a whole day in prayer for a certain person or situation.  And when I say "a whole day in prayer", I mean praying on and off all day long each time the person/need came to mind.  I have also fulfilled acts of giving, taking the time, making an effort, and being there.

Those have all been part of my Share Love Quest this month.  And I truly believe I have gained as much (if not more) than the receiver, which was not my expectation, but I am grateful for it anyway.

Sharing Love can be elaborate or simple.  It can be complex or easy.  It can be time consuming or a quick little moment.  It can be a little act of kindness or something life changing.

No matter what - it's always worth it.  Every single time.  Every. Single. Time.

When I started thinking about this idea of doing something every day for an entire month to make a positive change in my life, I didn't even know what all I would try to do, but this one...this Share Love one...it's made such a huge impact on my life.  It has changed me.  I mean it has really really changed me.

With just a few days left for this quest, I can already see what a difference it has made.  I feel more loving.  I look at people with a softer heart.  I think I am more understanding.  I am slower to judge and quicker to have compassion. 

I am starting to feel crazy excited about what the rest of my 2013 Year Long Adventure is going to bring.  Crazy Excited...and maybe even a bit Afraid.  I mean honestly, who really enjoys change?

When I started this Adventure, I needed to find more positivity in my life, and I think these Heart & Spirit Monthly Quests are doing just that.

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