“What is your name, child?” she asked my son.
We were standing in line at the post office. I had my (way big for his age) 16-month old on my hip and my 6-month old daughter in an infant carrier on my arm. Balanced in the crook of my elbow was the [...]
Lent ’11: Letting Go of Judgment, Challenge 5 RESULTS
In case any of you have forgotten (or if you’re new here- welcome!):
Week 5′s Challenge was this:
Seek out information on an opposing viewpoint. Research a little. Find out what others think that makes them reach a different conclusion.
I read. A lot. I [...]
If the apples you served your children with breakfast were not organic…
If you polished your mirrors with Windex instead of vinegar…
If you still use a beloved cake frosting recipe that includes Crisco…
If you wash your hair with Pantene and not baking soda…
If you don’t make your own cookies…
I am amazed at how much I’m growing as a result of this Lenten challenge. On the one hand, it’s upsetting to realize how often I let judgmental thoughts take hold in my mind. On the other, it is freeing to acknowledge that fact and then work to just let go.
Even though I realize [...]
One of the beauties of this life we are given is that our opinions are fluid. What a blessing it is that, as we are able to learn and explore, we are also allowed to change our minds! When I compare the “me” that set out on this parenting journey six years ago with the [...]
This past week’s challenge was so eye opening for me… obviously, I know that I can be judgmental. That’s the whole point of this Lent challenge. But when I really asked myself why I was getting my back up about others’ choices, it was apparent that very few of those situations were really issues of [...]
Can I be honest with you all? One of the hardest things about this challenge has been realizing just how OFTEN judgmental thoughts run through my head. Ouch. It’s humbling to realize what a big character flaw this is for me.
BUT… the beauty of this challenge is that it gives me a chance to [...]
I continue to be excited to be taking on this challenge for Lent. I truly believe that, for me, there is so much more value in this journey than there would be in, say, giving up cheese (the thought of which, I admit, nearly sends me into convulsions of withdrawal…)
Did you participate last week? [...]
I was thrilled to read the results from Week 1 of those of you taking on this challenge for Lent. I am so inspired to hear the progress we are making, side-by-side, as we truly listen to our sisters in Christ and try to open our minds and hearts without judgment. (It can be hard, [...]
It is so wonderful and freeing to be taking on this challenge for Lent. I am absolutely stunned how much impact this is having in my everyday life. I find myself feeling so much more open-minded and, quite simply, at peace. What a beautiful consequence!
Did you come along for the journey last week? Even [...]