It’s OK!

We are always hearing that we need to ‘step out of our comfort zones.’  My question is, WHY?  I do believe in stretching myself, but I think that comfort zones exist for a reason.  

I know that some may think, ‘if we don’t step out of our comfort zones, then nothing gets changed,’ but that is not what I’m saying.  Of course we need to build awareness and work hard to help those in need to promote change, but can’t we do that within our comfort zones?

I do my best when I am working within my comfort zone.  Is it always easy?  No!, but it is where I do my best work.  We all have such diverse gifts, when we discover and use our gifts, we do our best work.  And, thankfully, there are others who compliment us with their gifts.

Sounds a bit cryptic? Let me clarify…..I was at a meeting yesterday with a room filled with great thinkers.  My ego kept telling me that I should contribute to the conversation, but nothing brilliant was popping into my head.  After I stopped stressing about what I could add to the conversation, I began to realize that this group were the theoretical dreamers and I was a make-it-happen doer.  

My comfort zone is where I do my best work, it is where my gifts are realized and utilized.  It’s ok to work in my comfort zone……stop with the pressure!







Please don’t rush lent….

Lent Cross Email SalutationOh please don’t rush lent this year, I’m just not ready!  

Lent takes work, lent takes discipline, lent takes sacrifice, lent takes energy.  
Everywhere I look I see lent – lenten flyers, lenten blogs, and lenten booklets.
Not quite yet – please!

I need a bit more time….
to think of only myself
to be too weary to pray
to play on the computer instead of read my spiritual books
to say whatever I want without watching my words

I’m not ready lent – don’t come too quickly – I don’t want to change
I’m comfortable just as I am


how I need lent this year!

Perhaps it’s time…

There is talk in washington, hollywood, school districts, and states all focusing on what it was that could have caused a tragedy like Newtown.  Guns, video games, violent tv and movies, lack of mental health support and facilities…This is good.  All of these  are contributing factors and all of them should be talked about.  It’s difficult to predict what the outcome may be.  Change?  We can hope.  Let’s keep the conversation going.

But, let’s not leave it up to others.  We have some power here…we can begin to make a difference.  We are the consumers who buy these video games.  We are the fans who attend these movies.  We are the ones who believe that assault rifles and high powered magazines are our ‘right’ because we are americans.

Money is a powerful motivator….greed and power are aphrodisiacs…never enough

Let’s stop buying these games, let’s stop attending these movies, let’s stop purchasing these guns.

Blessed Mother Teresa never looked at the ‘big picture’ of poverty.  If she had, she might have been so overwhelmed and discouraged…it may have paralyzed her efforts.  No, she looked at one person at a time and person-by-person, changed the world.

Will the sale of one less video game or movie ticket change the culture?  Probably not, but if we can come together, one person at a time….we can bring about change.  It’s happened before….it can happen again!Untitled