Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Today is Ash Wednesday. As I sat in church I thought about what I wanted to offer up as a self giving activity to Jesus.
Lent, in Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial . Many people give up cigarettes, alcohol, chocolate, ice cream, gum, cookies, TV.....I guess anything that would be a struggle for them during the 40 days. I don't smoke, drink alcohol or chew gum. I do however, love ice cream and all sweets, so that would be an obvious choice for me. The priest talked about how we should feel joy and happiness during this time. That led me to think about how I have been told by many people throughout my entire life...that I just don't smile enough. I have the kind of face that looks sad, unless I am cracking up over something funny. Some people have a permanent smile on their face. Their eyes are all lit up and they smile at everything. I just wasn't blessed with that gene. I don't even like photos of me smiling many times. The photo above in the middle is a recent one of me, that I did in photo explosion, that has a pencil texture to it. I had this one on facebook for awhile and my nephew said I looked really unhappy.... like I was in an ice cube. I was trying for a movie star look, like the two on the sides. Vivien Leigh and Greta Garbo. Ha!
So....I have decided that each day I will practice smiling for at least 5 minutes. Maybe after 40 days, I will have developed a habit of at least trying to smile more often. It may also help my face muscles, and give a bit of a face lift. ......
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I just finished this book last night. It took me awhile to read it. Not because it didn't hold my interest, but because it is heavy to hold while reading in bed. I rarely read while sitting in a chair, unless I am waiting somewhere, like getting the car fixed or at a Dr. appointment. I lie down in bed and read, so I prefer paperbacks for comfort reasons. But I also like the latest bestsellers, and you have to wait awhile for those to come out in paperback. This book was strange. It was similar to her first book, "Time Travelers Wife", in that she takes your mind to a place where you really have to stretch out your imagination. I like books like this, because I really don't like anything predictable. Reading for me is a place to escape to...a place to take me away from my everyday activities. Reading for me is like traveling someplace that I haven't been before. The reason that I felt that this book was strange, was because it dealt with death and the soul and where it goes. This story had the soul stuck in the person's former home. It was similar to the movie "Ghost", in that eventually she was able to communicate with former family members and her lover. I don't want to give too much away, in case you plan on reading it. I will just say, the ending was not what I thought it would be. But....it definitely wasn't predictable, so in that sense it was a very good book.
I have been feeling really "on edge" lately. I had hoped that my trip to Arizona would snap me out of my funk....and it did, for a short time. It has to be the weather. I need more fresh air and sunshine, I think. I am really really busy right now, so my mood has nothing to do with being bored. Got to be the weather! I can only stand so much of it. Six months of winter is too long. Just have to hang on for a couple of more months. Think positive...think positive........