47 Days of Inspiration!!! 4.20.14

Inspiration

What I promised to do for Lent: I promised myself to celebrate Lent through inspiration. My plan was to post (via Facebook and Twitter) a daily inspirational quote. Something that means something to me or has touched my heart, in the hopes that I could maybe touch someone else’s heart too.

Did I do it?

Well, here is a list of the daily inspirational quotes I selected:

  1. Wed. March 5th: A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
  2. Thur. March 6th: It is our duty to love the unloved, help the helpless, and bring hope to the hopeless. ~ Anthony Douglas Williams
  3. Fri. March 7th: Things turn out best for the people that make the best of the way things turn out!
  4. Sat. March 8th: You can do anything as long as you can dream it.
  5. Sun. March 9th: You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, Give in, or Give it all you’ve got!
  6. Mon. March 10th: Books are uniquely portable magic. ~ Stephen King
  7. Tue. March 11th: May your search through nature lead you to yourself.
  8. Wed. March 12th: If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.
  9. Thur. March 13th: Nobody cares if you can’t dance well, just get up and dance!
  10. Fri. March 14th: Life changes come when we receive life with thanks and ask for nothing to change. ~ Ann Voskamp
  11. Sat. March 15th: Live more, complain less, have more smiles, less stress, less hate, and become more blessed.
  12. Sun. March 16th: Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of yours.
  13. Mon. March 17th: As you waste your breath complaining about life, someone out there is breathing their last. Appreciate what you have.
  14. Tue. March 18th: The scariest moment is always just before you start. ~ Stephen King
  15. Wed. March 19th: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. ~ Benjamin Franklin
  16. Thur. March 20th: Once you’ve accepted your flaws no one can use them against you.
  17. Fri. March 21st: What we change inwardly will change our reality.
  18. Sat. March 22nd: Be the change you want to see in the world!
  19. Sun. March 23rd: There will always be fear, do it anyway. Let your courage inspire the world around you. ~ Steve Maraboli
  20. Mon. March 24th: At first they’ll ask you why you’re doing it. But, later they’ll ask you how you did it.
  21. Tue. March 25th: Sometimes you fall down, because there is something down there that you are supposed to find.
  22. Wed. March 26th: It always seems impossible until it’s done. ~ Nelson Mandela
  23. Thur. March 27th: If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects. ~ Albert Einstein
  24. Fri. March 28th: Trust the process.
  25. Sat. March 29th: Believing in yourself even when others don’t, is how you accomplish great things.
  26. Sun. March 30th: Never look down on anybody, unless you’re helping them up.
  27. Mon. March 31st: When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends are.
  28. Tue. April 1st: The key to happiness is to find something you love to do, and then find a way to get paid to do it.
  29. Wed. April 2nd: Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  30. Thur. April 3rd: When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
  31. Fri. April 4th: Be thankful and count your blessings for what you have, rather than what you want.
  32. Sat. April 5th: Simply be the qualities you seek in others.
  33. Sun. April 6th: Whatever makes you feel bad, leave it. Whatever makes you smile, keep it.
  34. Mon. April 7th: Life is to short to worry about what others say or think about you. So, have fun and give them something to talk about.
  35. Tue. April 8th: I choose happiness, success, and abundance in my life.
  36. Wed. April 9th: Your feelings are your feelings, and you never have to apologize for how you feel!
  37. Thur. April 10th: Take time to do what makes your soul happy.
  38. Fri. April 11th: You are beautiful, talented, amazing and simply the best at being you! Never forget that.
  39. Sat. April 12th: Everything you want is on the other side of fear. ~ Jack Canfield
  40. Sun. April 13th: I would rather die of passion than of boredom. ~ Vincent Van Gogh
  41. Mon. April 14th: Do not get upset with people or situations, both are powerless without your reaction.
  42. Tue. April 15th: Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. ~ Princess Diaries
  43. Wed. April 16th: Let no one cage who you were born to be.
  44. Thur. April 17th: Birthdays are good for you, the more you have the longer you live.
  45. Fri. April 18th: Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.
  46. Sat. April 19th: A bird in a cage is not even half a bird.
  47. EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 20th: I don’t have time to worry about who doesn’t like me, I’m too busy loving the people who love me.

LENT 2014 – What will you do?

What is Lent?

Lent is a time for those of Christian belief to prepare for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Easter Sunday. The purpose of lent is to set aside some time for religious reflection. Time to think about Jesus’ suffering, his sacrifice, his life, his death, his burial and of course his resurrection. Many people do this through fasting, repentance, abstaining from things, and through spiritual discipline. Although depriving yourself of the things you love isn’t the only way to observe lent. You don’t have to suffer yourself in order to experience religious reflection.

For many people, even those that don’t attend church on a regular basis, or even at all, lent is still a wonderful time to reflect on life and what we want our lives to be like and mean.

How I plan to celebrate lent? With inspiration. I am going to post via Facebook and Twitter a daily inspirational quote. Something that means something to me or has touched my heart. Maybe I can touch someone else’s heart too. Then at the end of lent I will post all of the daily quotes here on my blog for everyone to see.

Here are a just a few ways you can celebrate the season of lent, and it doesn’t matter if you are religious or just seeking to reflect on the meaning of life in general.

  1. Write a letter (not email – a real letter with paper and pen) to a different person in your life, each day during lent, and tell them what they mean to you and how they have been a blessing in your life.
  2. Parents, write in a journal, one for each of your children, each day. Use the journal to tell your kids what they mean to you, how they encourage and inspire you, and all the ways they improve your life. On Easter give the completed journal to your kids to treasure.
  3. Add more prayer to your life.
  4. Give… each day or once a week find someone in need and share what you have in an effort to help improve their life.
  5. Listen more… devote a portion of your day to just listening to others around you; your spouse, your child(ren), your parents, your siblings, etc.
  6. Focus on your body… devote time each day to exercise, meditate, relax…

If you are one of those people who wants to experience suffering, by giving up something you hold dear, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Give up your bed for lent and sleep on the couch or even the floor.
  2. Give up your pillow, if the bed is not an option.
  3. Fasting, eating only one meal a day.
  4. Give up all drinks except water.
  5. Have a sweet tooth? Give up candy, cakes, ice cream… whatever your taste buds desire.

There are so many ways to celebrate Lent. What will you do?