Final Reflection - Flowers for Nothing
The beauty of this floral painted, stained glass window is something I marveled over during the "something colorful" day of the March challenge. As I reflect on this month's challenge, I keep thinking about all of the flowers that I was able to see this month, including these stained glass ones.
Overall, I think my biggest takeaway of this challenge was forming my new habit of waking up early. Although, I'm not exactly where I want to be yet, progress has definately been made. I went from waking up at 6:45-7:00AM to waking up at 6:15AM most days.. Some days, I even do 5:30AM. That's big for me! And I am only going to keep getting better.
Another aspect of this challenge that I loved was not posting on social networks everyday. I truly enjoyed keeping some of my meditations to myself.
Honestly, that's how we're supposed to practice most spiritual rituals: alone and humbly. But at the same time, I know that I have been called to guide others in a way that I don't always understand. It's not for me to understand though. And that's the beauty of what I do. I am allowing myself walk this journey by faith and listening to the Voice within. "Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world."
However, even though the Rise and Shine challenge is over, becoming more self-disciplined is a challenge that I will continue to pursue for the rest of my life, whether I'm still blogging or not.
In order to be successful, it starts with the ability to:
-follow your mind
-push yourself past your own limits
-remembering why you started
I started this challenge to teach myself to have self-discipline, to create a space for myself to write for leisure each day, and to do what makes me happy. In order to stay true to that, I had to treat every single day of the challenge as if it was the first day.. And tackle it with an attitude of perseverance. I'm proud to say that I feel successful.
Each picture of flowers in my reflection of this challenge represents the different flowers that I meditated on this month. I buy myself flowers once a week, for nothing at all... They're sole purpose is to make me smile. I watched them bloom and wilt over time and I'd like to think that they watched me do the same. We grew together. I grew.
As I prepare for April, I will remember that I am indeed a flower. And I will let the metaphorical showers of April prepare me to bloom every single day. I hope to gain wisdom and find new reasons to be be happy.
I pray that you are able to do the same.