Since the beginning of this year, I’ve gained quite a few insights during various occasions. To help me remember those better, let me record them here:
1. Fix your gaze at Jesus
On the New Year’s day in NYC, I was touring around some churches. Since I was a tourist, I paid attention to things that I don’t normally notice. I was looking at the Nativity scene. I noticed the manger with Baby Jesus was located on the far right. Shepherds and all kinds of animals are forming a line on the left, all of them (animals included) were looking straight at the direction of Jesus. What struck me was that even animals know that’s the right thing to do So I should probably do that too.
2. Hard work for the body strengthens the soul
I joined quite a few classes offered by the community centre during the past few months. I joined kick-boxing and rock climbing. (Besides that there is the regular hip hop class that I STILL go to.) And thanks to the heavy snowfall, I work out a lot more than usual.
There are 2 parts to it:
-Cardio/physically demanding workout trains NOT just physical endurance, it strengthens the spirit too. I find kick-boxing and shovelling fall into this category. I pay so much more respect to professional atheletes now. How much mental power they need to sustain to keep pushing themselves to do better!!
-Certain types of physical activities are not as demanding, rather, they require a calm mind. I find rock-climbing & hip hop fall into this category. Failing to climb/dance pretty much reflects my mind/mood is all screwed up. During one particular rock-climbing session, I kept trying to climb a not-really-hard wall for like 4 times, I just couldn’t climb at all! One week later, when I was back to that same wall, I could climb to ok high in no time… This reveals that I need to learn to manage my emotions/mood better…
3. Keep your vision clear, don’t let anything influence it
I took a creative photography class offered by City of Richmond Hill. (The course has 3 clases, and I missed 1. ) The instructor is really nice~~ During 1 of the 2 classes, he mentioned that he doesn’t drink or smoke. He wants to make sure his vision is not affected by anything. The ability to see people/things as what they truly are is terribly important.
4. I work too hard
Being hard-working is supposed to be a virtue. However, I find that I sorta see my value based on the amount of work that I do, as well as my accomplishments. This is unhealthy. I’m in the process of convincing my heart not to fall into this trap…
5. See beyond your prejudice
Prejudice is an unfavorable opinion against a person/a group. Recognizing its existence is the first step to stop its influence. I’ve got a pretty bad impression of X after several encounters with him/her. I know the prejudice is there.
I started using a book called "God, I have issues" recently in my prayers. It provides bible readings & prayer pointers indexed by moods. One night, I prayed about my prejudice, I want to stop judging people. And naturally, I was reminded of X in my prayer. God probably did listen to my prayer. My most recent encounters with X have been so much better than in the past. After this, I come the conclusion that:
-Everyone has qualities that are tended to be mis-judged by others. People who don’t know you well are likely to form -ve judgement about you based on those qualities.
-Try your best to see beyond those qualities that you dislike about this person. It’d make you happy when you see your "glasses got dropped to the ground".