I had to really pause to ponder this from Gratefulness.org:
If I had my life to live over again, I would ask that not a thing be changed, but that my eyes be opened wider.
~ Jules Renard
I will admit, there are many times when I replay memories and yearn to have a "do - over" -- too often I speak too flippantly,
or I missed moments I could have savored,
or I have been in too much of a hurry to truly experience a moment...
Sound at all familiar? I am sure I cannot be on the only one, but I envy you if you have already mastered this (perhaps you can help teach me?)
This must help to explain the wisdom of the Church in giving us the season of Lent each year.... time for us to examine our lives,
and see what can be done differently in the future
(not a do-over, but at least a do-better opportunity!)
Today's quote now shapes my Lenten reflection:
How can I live with my eyes open wider more often in the future...
... to see needs of others that I may be able to assist?
... to see the good in stressful or negative situations?
... to see pain behind forced smiles?
... to see love rather than malice, hostility, anger, or hatred?
... to see more of God's amazing creations?
....to see the face of Christ in more of the people I encounter!
The lyrics to Jesse Manibusan's "Open My Eyes, Lord" continues to have deeper meaning for me:
Ahhh, to see with the eyes of Christ! God help me,
and St. Joseph, on your feast day, may you also strengthen me!
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.