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May 15, 2022

 

Dear People of God,

 

We live in a hectic and fast-paced society. Our lives are too chaotic (at times) and the demands may get overwhelming.  Ironically, when we feel overwhelmed it may create a sense of “being out of control.” How do we put the pieces of our lives into perspective? How do we develop a deep love for God, family, friends and at the same time keeping all our responsibilities from overwhelming us? As we continue our Easter Season, may we also rise to new heights with the grace and help of God. The resurrection means we are an Easter People – new life in and with the Lord Jesus.

 

I share with you “tips for a better life.”  Read and may I add a tip at the start…. pass it on!

 

– Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

– Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

– Get more sleep.

– When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement: “My purpose is to ____today.”

– Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.

– Play more games and read more books than you did in 2021.

– Make time to pray. Prayer provides us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

– Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

– Dream more while you are awake.

– Eat more food that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

– Try to make at least three people smile each day.

– Clear clutter from your house, your car and your desk this week.

– Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.

– Realize that life is a school, and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

– Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed-out credit card.

– Smile and laugh more.

– Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

– Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

– Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

– You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

– Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

– Don’t compare your life to other people. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

– No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

– Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

– Forgive everyone for everything.

– What other people think of you is none of your business.

– God heals and we need to trust in God (not easy!).

– However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

– Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will.

– Stay in touch.

– Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

– Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

– The best is yet to come.

– No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

– Do the right thing!

– Call your family often (text or email them!!!). Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for ____. Today I accomplished_____________.

– Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

– Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

 

And may I add – root life in God – serve in the name of the Lord Jesus and appreciate now what you have (though you may be holding a tough hand) because one day it will be over. And laughter is music for the soul!  Alleluia!

                                                                        On the road with you,

                                                                                           Fr. Greg

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