Friday, February 28, 2014

Let's Do Some Good



I know this blog post is fairly late but I don't apologize. I've been thinking about what to write. Unfortunately, I didn't have an adventure this month. It was pretty quiet which I am not complaining about whatsoever. However, today is Ash Wednesday and I just came back from a fabulous sermon. Father Tony had a powerful take on Lent and I thought I should honor what I just heard by reflecting on and sharing Father’s message. I will do my best to make it secular so don't stop reading if you are not into religious stuff. It's a good message, I promise. 
 
I rarely watch the news because it's always heartbreaking. It's always about violence, death, hatred, and all things negative. It's exhausting. So, what do we do about it? 
This is not an easy question to answer. Some would say the government has to change, some would say schools, some would say the media, and the list goes on and on. In my humble opinion, it's us. It's us who has to change and focus on doing good. It doesn't have to be an enormous change, it's the small stuff. I'll put myself in the fire for a second. Oftentimes, I judge others on the way they dress. I've always excused this behavior with the fact that I dress nicely because of my disability. People will certainly see my wheelchair then the outfit. I always hope that the outfit speaks louder than the chair. Although this hopefully makes sense to most of you, and resonates with some of you, it is not an excuse to judge at all. I try to stop myself and it's hard for me. It’s definitely a flaw. Needless to say, I will certainly work on that these next 40 days and beyond.

It's the small things. My brother will be going away to the University of Kentucky this fall and when I think about the advice I would give him, it would be to do the right thing when nobody is watching. It's so easy to do the right thing when people are watching. What we do behind closed doors translates into our character.

So, what small things can I do to make the news something people want to watch? A lot! 
We can do good. Its simple acts of kindness, it's refraining from judgment, it's all sorts of little, teeny, tiny things that will make our world a better place. 

This is a message from a 70 year old priest who has made this world a better place. Father Tony will retire in June which I can't say without getting emotional. You have inspired me for countless Saturday evenings, you have welcomed me as a reader, you have built a strong, united parish, and we will all miss you after you retire. We've talked about this but you will be the one to marry me! 

By the way and speaking of marriage, I am so ready to meet a man who I can share this extraordinary life with. Let's just put it out there and see what happens! 

I'll give you an update on the loves of my life right now who are, Katherine, Julie, and Jessi. 

Katherine came to visit this month along with my cousin, Lauren. It was such a great time! We went shopping, got manicures/pedicures, and everything girly you could do in a 24 hour span. Thank you to my family for making this possible. 

Jessi has been my friend since I can remember. She is quite the phenomenal young woman. She has a blog also at http://jlmpurplepad607.blogspot.com/. It's really a terrific blog.

Last but not least, Julie. She is doing well. She is still waiting for healthy lungs. It's been a full year of her being on the list and I am done! I want my Julie to have lungs. Julie has things to do, people to meet, places to go, let's get those lungs!!

It's time to get back to your busy life. Let's do some good! 

All my Love,
Hannah!

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