Above is an image of a Rosette Spoonbill flying across the wetlands. It is a very beautiful and unusual looking bird. Almost all birds fly forward not backwards, with maybe the exception of the hummingbirds. Life is the same, it flies forward and very rarely will it goes backwards. We wish Life can go back to those special moments, but in reality those moments are just memories. If we accept this premise it gives us a chance to keep moving and not looking back. Also, it allows us to let go of the things of life and we will not stagnate. Every time you see a flying bird just remember "LIFE FLIES FORWARD!"
Today is Ash Wednesday where Christians around the world begin a season of penance. Penance is often thought of denial, discipline, fasting, and giving up things and thus it is so. However, Penance on a larger scale is all about "Letting Go". Penance and all the things that go with it aims at stripping away the things that hold us back from our True Selves. We insulate ourselves from pain and hurt by layering ourselves with anger, selfishness, jealousy, overeating, over drinking, and exploiting others. Penance helps us strip away those layers by focusing us on Letting Go. It does not have to be a negative process but should be a positive process. During this time think of some positive things you can do to strip away those negative behaviors that protect your true loving self. Begin this Ash Wednesday by the Penance of Letting Go!
There's a whole world out there, right outside your window. You'd be a fool to miss it.
"ALL THAT THE SUN SHINES ON IS BEAUTIFUL, SO LONG AS IT IS WILD"
Above is an image of a Soft Shelled Turtle. Even though it has a soft shell it is built to survive its surroundings. Its color blends into the bottom of the lake mud, it eyes are set to be above its buried body, and its nose allows it to get air without fully surfacing. Even though we may not believe it, we are built to survive no matter what is thrown at us by life. It is amazing how much hardship we can endure even when we think we cannot. We are tougher than we think. Whether its illness, mental turmoil, stressful situations, or all kinds of angst, we can survive and move forward in life. We are "BUILT TO SURVIVE!"