Daily Habits for a Blessed Day

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It’s been more than two decades since I attended a recollection – if I remember right the last time was when I graduated from high school. Recently I have been serving in our community church and was gifted with an opportunity to participate in a recollection conducted by Reverend Father Lino Nicasio. His tips were somehow similar to what my acupuncturist shared with me (she also practices Reiki, a Japanese form of healing). They shared this with me within two consecutive days – so I took notes because I didn’t want to forget, and I took it as a ‘sign’ to reflect on my own daily way of living.

I’ll try to go back to this every time that I can until it becomes second nature. For now, I admit it will be a struggle to fully adhere to it, but I have to start somewhere. Baby steps. One foot forward, and hopefully not two steps back.

1. Today I will not strike back

I’ll see if I can count to ten when I come across anything that annoys me. Recently I was caught in the middle of family drama and someone bullied a loved one using social media. I had to muster all my willpower to keep calm, and focused my energy on more productive, meaningful work to distract me for that day. I

2. Today I will ask God to bless my enemy

Asking for blessings for my enemy may be a challenge, so I remind myself that bitterness will not only affect me in all ways: emotionally, spiritually, intellectually and physically.

3. Today I will be careful about what I say

Connected with the first habit, especially when I am tempted to say a sarcastic retort. Also, I will try to remember that words are very powerful, and the impact of good or bad words to other people can last years.

4. Today I will go the extra mile

If I reflect on the people whose services I go back to time and time again, they’re the ones that went above and beyond. It’s not just about doing a task or a project or a job. It’s giving it the best every single time.

5. Today I will forgive

I know, anger and resentment do no good for the soul. One of my favorite quotes about forgiveness is from Harriet Nelson: “Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.”

6. Today I will do something kind for someone (but I will do it secretly)

All good deeds, little or big, will not go unseen by God.

7. Today I will nurture my body

For me this means his means eating more fruits and vegetables, avoiding the sedentary lifestyle through ten thousand steps a day, deep breathing, sleeping enough, aromatherapy, drinking enough water, stretching.

 

Random Thoughts: Whenever I Walk

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This is my response to Ragtag Daily Prompt’s RDP Tuesday: WALK.

When I walk I try to focus on the present, breathe in the air and listen. I thank God for another day, for my feet that could take me anywhere. For the blessings, the challenges, the courage, the faith. The messages He tells me through the things I encounter, the words of enlightenment that I read or hear, the nudges to remind me that I must believe. I must be humble, not entitled. I must be patient and kind and spread the love.

Share Your World – 10.09.18

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I just came across sparcsfromacombustiblemind‘s page and found the Share Your World questions fun!

Here are the questions and my answers:

Q: Do you prefer Apple (‘I’ products) or Android for your technology ‘fix’?

Me: I’ve had an iPhone user for as long as I can remember so I’d prefer to continue using it, simply because I’m more familiar with its features. I had an Android phone for work and I remember asking my peers all the time how to do what with it.

Q: What’s something on your personal bucket list?

Me: I’ve been saving for years to be able to go to Kenya to see the orphan elephants up close and personal in the DSWT sanctuary.

Q: What would you name your boat if you have one? The Unsinkable 3? The Please Don’t Sink? Your choice! Also, what would it look like? Do you want a motor yacht, a sailboat, or perhaps a dinghy?

Me: Never in my wildest dreams have I thought of getting a boat. But for the sake of this Q&A, I’d imagine it to be a yacht – so I can use it for my travels and be able to bring my dogs on board. I’d name it Viaje del Capitan Pedro – named after my ten year old English bulldog.

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my boys at rest

Q: Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?

Me: Hard to answer, as the show I am thinking of now is Game of Thrones, and all its characters seem exciting. Maybe, for the latest season, I’d go for Gregor Clegane. I know he rocked on season 4’s The Mountain and the Viper, but because of what happened in that episode he really doesn’t seem to be much of a talker these days…

Q: What brought gratitude, a smile or laughter to your life this week?

Me: I was able to do some volunteer work for my animal advocacy and met new people. It was a humbling experience for me as I saw the level of work it takes to be done in the background.

If you liked the Q&As check out sparcsfromacombustiblemind‘s page and share your answers through the comments.