The Wake-Up Moment

(Julia defines) ‘The Wake-Up Moment’- a situation (often slightly dangerous) that allows you to take a moment to evaluate where your life is going, what you want to get out of it, and if you’re on the path to make it to these essential goals.

I have ‘wake-up moments’ every time I’m in an area with grizzly bears, or wolves. I have ‘wake-up moments’ right when a flight is taking off or touching down. I had ‘wake-up moments’ in the few times I’ve ever been seriously sick enough to get really worried about a future (I was overreacting terribly, all was taken care of correctly each time– just some lag time due to the language barrier in understanding that!).

I just had another ‘wake-up moment’ yesterday when walking to my duplex from my lovely friend Claire’s apartment-I was walking on the sidewalk behind the baseball fields at my school, and I never considered the possibility of a homerun creating a small, dangerous object flying at me…until it happened! Luckily it missed my head by a few feet!

Anyway, of course it put another ‘wake-up moment’ in me right in the middle of my finals studying, so this post will acknowledge it and I’ll come back to it for my own purposes later- but for you, reader, does this ever happen? Am I crazy with this phenomenom? Just thought I’d share because these moments really do inspire the action needed to put me where I need to be, and they take out fear from the picture!

Wishing you all successful ‘wake-up moment’-inspired action in your lives!
Much love, readers.

(Also, random recent photo included:)

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This is the first year that I can honestly say that I looked at the season of Lent with a need for more than its popular Twin Cities cultural value: ‘giving something up, no meat on Fridays, and get yourself to a fish fry if you’re over 80 years old.’

Why am I trying to follow Lent more closely though, right?

This year has been an unbelievable spiritual challenge in ways that I would only be grateful for when seeing the growth it has allowed me, and I’m not going to shy away from this Lenten topic because it’s worth the listen, no matter where you’re at on your faith journey- and I’d like to hear any comments, as always.

I really do believe that YOU don’t choose an authentic faith journey, but it chooses (and pursues) YOU. Another way of putting it: I never envisioned myself writing posts about Lent or anything religious at all, ever. I’m still using this blog to keep up with what’s going on in my life, though, yet by doing so, I don’t mean to cause any feelings of exclusion toward anyone in doing so.

After all, *THE* main reason why I have this blog is this: “If you judge someone, you have no time to love them” (Blessed Mother Teresa), so please believe me when I say that I mean to share this post to benefit every reader, not just the practicing Catholics.

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By the way, isn’t Blessed Mother Teresa inspiring?

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