Posts Tagged With: Environment

A drive or a journey…

So what do you call your travel to and from work each day? Commute…Travel…Drive…Madness…Stressful?

I use to consider mine a “commute”. I’d drive ten minutes out of my way to catch the expressway for the 36 minute drive in. It was easy, I could put the cruise on 70 and coast to work, saying the morning prayers along the way. It became routine, humdrum, monotonous, tedious…boring. I was looking at concrete and watching mile markers tick away.

Then came January 1st.  In Illinois that meant the tollways almost doubled and I vowed to put my money in my tank and not in the tollways system.

So onto the direct route. Stop and go for 160 blocks. But I was determined to make the best of it and what I discovered surprised me!

I did not want to handle the madness on LaGrange Road filled with busy shopping centers and towns, so I opted for Wolf Road and Willow Springs Road. I know what you are thinking…that way is single lane all the way!

But what I discovered was sheer peace.
First – it only took me on average 5 minutes longer (fewer miles but slower traffic)
Second – the traffic was not as bad as i thought and I liked that I wasn’t having to drive 70 to keep up with traffic

But most importantly is what I noticed.

Driving through Mokena’s quaintness each morning. Flags in front yard, stopping guards and children, churches welcoming signs, flowers beginning to bloom. The slower pace was a welcome addition to my morning.

My prayers were less rushed because I was less rushed. I took time with the Lord and was much more thankful for situations around me.

In the 160 block, I pass eight churches! I love being reminded of the importance of God in my life every few blocks.

Then after a short pass through the outskirts of Orland, I head into the Cook County Forest Preserves and the beauty of peace begins.

Traveling for miles and miles of nothing but lakes, trees, forest…green surrounding me, engulfing tree branches over the road, God’s design for our pleasure. Ducks lazily floating in the water, bikers and jogger enjoying the paths of nature, the warmth of the sun filtering between the trees into my sunroof, the deers grazing by the golf course.

I notice the greatness around me.
I bask in the beauty of creation as I reflect on my day.
I pray for those in need and my family’s needs.
I begin each day in peace.

My drive has been transformed from a commute to a journey, my thoughts are filled with positive energy and love. I never am bothered with a slow driver, because it just means I get to see something I might not have seen otherwise.

May you experience a beautiful, creative palette of splendour as you drive to work…and may it forever wonderfully affect your attitude!

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Book of James 4

The fourth chapter of James begins with “Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from? Is it not from your passions that make war within your members? You covet but do not possess.” What are you willing to fight for? Is it because you are coveting something?

I was talking with someone the other day who shared her struggles of constantly being judged by neighbors. What type of car I drive, what type of house I own, what type of clothes I wear, what type of achievements I have achieved and so on. Within our own circles there are inner “wars” of envy and jealousy going on. People do covet, they try to keep up. Children with cell phones in elementary school, iPads for Christmas and cars on a 16th birthday. A life of privilege? or just a life trying to keep up the facade of privilege? My children didn’t have cell phone until they were driving and no one in my family has an iPad yet…and we are surviving just fine!

Our passion should be for our hearts, our morality, our dignity, our good name.
A good name does not come with what we have but from who we are.
How we treat others and how we reach out to those in need.

This youtube show a selfless young child thinking of others and standing up for what we believes in, it’s worth a watch.

The Girls that silenced the world

James also tells us “you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”

Life is good! There are so many blessings each and every day.
Seek them, embrace them, share them. Speak up, as this young woman did and be a mist for good in the world.

We spend time and energy on emails, texting Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Ancestry and endless hours on just surfing the web. Can we put some of that energy into releasing the things we covet and embrace the goodness of life?

We need to use these vices for good! I know they have for me!
Emails and texting have improved communication, I know when my father was battling Lymphoma, my siblings and I communicated through emails, cell phones and texts through every day with status on Dad’s outlook.
Facebook has reconnected friends and families, I have cousins and friends all over the world that I now am able to experience their children’s lives through messages and pictures.
LinkedIn and Twitter is a great was to share updates about your life also.
Pinterest and Ancestry have been my new passion for about six months now. On Ancestry I have found birth certificates, naturalization papers and census listing family members that are long gone and giving me a glimpse into their lives. Finding relatives of cousins from California to Italy. And Pinterest is a wonderful place for me to post all the website I discover and want to save for later, a much more creative and attractive way than using the favorite button. It’s also a great way to share my tastes and dreams and to see friends boards too.
So I’m a FBer, Tweeter and Pinner – all for good, positive sharing.

We don’t know what will happen tomorrow.
Worrying about how others judge you is useless, that will only spark conflict in your life.
Rise above those that covet and embrace the joys of life – share your dreams, allow others to share theirs, in whatever way works (techy or not).

Stand tall in knowing that your mist is only here for a moment, but for that moment, it provided comfort to another.

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Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday

Discovered this organization on Thursday
School & Community Assistance Recycling Composting Education = SCARCE

My office has already brought two vans of donations over there!
A great group of volunteers focused on an amazing mission.

Educate and keep usable books and supplies out of landfills.

How can we make a difference in the world?
Have we thought about what we throw away every day?
Is there someone else that can use what we discard?
Check out this video – What an inspiration for us all!!

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What’s your Passion?

I am inspired and humbled by people who are living life with passion.

Passion…doing what you love, being who you are meant to be, spreading your joy to others!

I have a dear friend who is an incredible teacher and administrator. She has been praying and waiting for an opportunity to share her passion with preschoolers after a management change found her without a job. And lo and behold prayers answered. Check out Christi’s passion…she is creating a preschool at St. Peter’s United Church in Frankfort. Her brochure can be found at http://www.stpeters-preschool.com/. Christi is kind, compassionate, creative, child-focused and an incredible gift to all the children she has taught over the years. Her passion is preschool children and it shows in her attention to detail and planning. She begins everything with the child in mind and will build a wonderful preschool. I admire her passion!

Some are lucky and their passion becomes their job, so they get paid for doing what they absolutely love –  AWESOME!  But your passion does not have to be your job, it can shine through your everyday actions.

I have a friend that works full-time, is raising two young child and then finds the time for her passion. Jen’s passion is helping to protect our precious resources. She takes time each day to share a “homemade bug spray” concoction or a new recipe that she has discovered. Her blog can be found at http://greenmomintheburbs.wordpress.com/, she is intelligent, funny and committed to making the world better. I love her passion!

So I will ask again, What are you passionate about?

Maybe your passion is sports or babies; maybe it’s crafting or singing; maybe it’s your relationships or reading, acting or cooking…
It can be anything, because you can love anything. Discover your passion, learn new things, try new things until you discover your passion.

You are a uniquely created individual with gifts and talents that are screaming to come out of you, be used and shared by you, discover them!

Just be true to who you are,
live your best life,
throw your worries into the wind
and be PASSIONATE everyday!

Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
Harvey Fierstein

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