Today is Ash Wednesday where the Christian Religion begins Lent: a time of penance and reflection. Other major world religions all have a similar practice. So often these periods are viewed negatively and the individual never gains much from the experience. Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday does not have to be such a negative experience of denial. If one looks at it from a perspective of removing the thorns, walls, and fences, we put in our lives, it can be a positive experience. This year for Lent look to remove a thorn in your life or tear down a fence you put up that is keeping you from your goals and dreams. Perhaps start something new where there are no thorns or fences to worry about. You can make changes in your life today, for TODAY IS ASH WEDNESDAY!
Have you ever walked in a Forest and seen light on the Forest Floor? It is an amazing and beautiful sight. It reminds us that even in the darkness of life, there can be patches of light. It is the light on Forest Floor. When you feel beaten down or circumstances has wronged you in life, look for hope in the near future. Look for the LIGHT ON THE FOREST FLOOR?
Above is an image of a Hippopotamus enjoying itself in the water. A Hippopotamus can be on the land or in the water, but its Comfort Zone is in the water. We are all different personalities, some of us are extroverts and some of us are introverts. The question is where is your Comfort Zone? Some people feel more comfortable around large crowds, wherein some people prefer small groups of people. You will never feel comforable until you are in the right Comfort Zone. Only you know where your Comfort Zone lies. Like the Hippopotamus in water, only you can find YOUR COMFORT ZONE!
Above is an image of a Rattlesnake coiling into a strike position. However, before the snake strikes, it gives a warning by shaking its rattle tail. The snake does not strike impulsively, but gives a warning. It is methodological in its actions. When we are poised to strike or act, do we do it impulsively or do we do it methodolgically? Our actions should always be thought out before we act. We should even be prepared to give a warning. When you act be POISED TO STRIKE!
Above is an image of a Heron Standing in the shallows looking for a meal. The Heron stands as water and life move around it. The Heron does not move with the flow but stands and wait for its opportune time. We so often feel the need to keep moving in life. We have to keep up with the flow and pace around us. However, it is sometimes better to just stand and let life flow around you. When life presents the opportune moment, then we make our move. The Heron is very aware and attentive just standing. We need that same awareness to life around us. There is nothing wrong with STANDING IN THE FLOW! JUST BE AWARE!