Battling Dragons with Joy: 3-Day Quote Challenge #3

Challenges exist to be overcome!  Let us be realists, but without losing our joy, our boldness and our hope-filled commitment.

~Pope Francis, “The Joy of the Gospel”, 2014`

As May rolls along, I continue on the Ignatian Prayer Adventure.  Apart from prayer & reflection, I also spend time reading the writings & biographies of Jesuits past and present.  Since he was mentioned several times in this weekend on various occasions, I thought a quote from Pope Francis would be appropriate.

Battling dragons can become all-consuming, so much so that we become so focused on the task at hand that we forget all else. This quote reminds me not to forget why we battle them dragons in the first place, and to hold on to our humanity & the joy that comes with fighting for a cause. Continue reading “Battling Dragons with Joy: 3-Day Quote Challenge #3”

I am a Work in Progress: 3-Day Quote Challenge #1

I am confident of this, that the One who began a good work in you will continue to complete it.  ~Philippians 1:6~

I reflect on these words today from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians, as part of my 30DayChallenge for May with Ignatian Spirituality.

We are each a work in progress.  On one hand, it is comforting to know that we are far done: after all, there is still so much to learn, so much of the world to experience!  On the other hand, to wonder wistfully what completion would feel like; the feeling that we indeed have so very far to go! How does this make me feel? How do these thought affect how I treat others when I remember that they, too, are works in progress?  What do you think about being a Work in Progress? Continue reading “I am a Work in Progress: 3-Day Quote Challenge #1”

Surprised by the Unlikely

If you told me I was going to be running repeats on a track, I would have rolled my eyes and laughed!  Loving Husband has long extolled the benefit of repeats to improve speed and endurance, but the thought of arduous discipline made me so tired.

In the spirit of trying new things (or new old things), I went to the track a few weeks ago. Surprise, surprise, I actually enjoyed it!  Don’t get me wrong, it was hard work, and as I rounded the track for the 4th time (my goal was to go 6 rounds), I did consider maybe cutting short the workout.  But I finished the plan, felt strong, and it wasn’t as mentally laborious as I’d feared.  I’ve been back since, and have managed to feel rather zen as I complete my rounds. Continue reading “Surprised by the Unlikely”

The Changing Seasons: February 2018

I am glad for this opportunity to revisit February as the month has whizzed by!  My 30-Day Challenge was to encounter Beauty, whether it is as an Imaginative Creator or Awed Enthusiast.  I feel like I didn’t mindfully do this as there was so much going on.  So I am going to try again in March, to purposefully engage in Beauty, whether it is composing a photograph, or dreaming up new Blondie flavours, or jiggling to music, or being gobsmacked by a sculpture: Encounter with Beauty, Take 2.

On to the Highlights of February: we harvested our first tomato (Above photo)  from our Balcony Garden: we were all thrilled to enjoy the fruits of Loving Husband & Older Daughter’s labours.  There were a total of 5.  We are awaiting 2 more which have since emerged.

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Art Skins on Monuments, part of the Light to Night Festival at the National Gallery of Singapore

It has also been a season of lights, as we enjoyed the Light to Night Festival in the Civic District, and the Lunar New Year.

Here are some of my Beauty-ful creations.

If you are inspired to join in, here are the guidelines for The Changing Seasons.

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them
  • Ping back to The Changing Seasons, February 2018 so that we can find each other

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.
  • Ping back to The Changing Seasons, February 2018 so that we can find each other