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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Changes Everything

Let me start by saying that if you are not in the mood to read, I would skip this post because it might be a little lengthy by the time I'm finished. Second, Happy Easter! I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday with their families and all of the Easter festivities. My family started the day with sunrise service, something we have not done in the past so that 4:45 alarm was definitely a wake up call. 

Easter Sunday church service is probably one of my favorite ones all year. The church is so bright and clean and full of life with all of the flowers and beautiful colors. There's a certain unspoken feeling in the air that this this our time to start anew, no matter the circumstances, and that we are 'washed clean' of our imperfections. To me, it is incredibly empowering and is a great opportunity to make yourself better. The priest's homily was exceptionally moving and really spoke to me so I wanted to share the message I received with you.

"Easter changes everything," is how the message was introduced and, immediately, the priest had me at full attention. Those of you who know me really well know I am not exactly one who embraces change. While I fully understand that life is constantly changing and have experienced many changes in my own life, it has only made me slightly more receptive to change as a whole. I like to have a plan and know what is going to happen and since that contradicts how change typically happens, you can understand my apprehension to it. In the next couple of weeks I will be experiencing many changes in my own life as I finish my time at Western Carolina. I'll be leaving the athletes I've worked with for the past two years, knowing I will miss them and hope the will continue to do well when I am gone.  Where I will be going next has yet to be decided, which is obviously slightly daunting to me. However, I'm choosing to interpret the change the priest referred as an exciting opportunity to do something new and exciting, something that will allow me to grow and become a better version of myself.

The priest also talked about how in making changes at Easter, we have an opportunity to rid ourselves of our fears, our insecurities, and our failures because those things only seek to keep us stuck in our current situation and, ultimately, from receiving our blessings. We cannot let the things that inhibit our progress get the last word or control us. We have all made mistakes or done things that take us down a path we may or may not like. But through Easter, we get choose our happiness and choose to overcome the difficult moments and receive our blessings from God. Easter washes us clean of the things that hold us back. 

Today marks the first day on the path to change, exceptional change that will take us places we've never imagined. So go get washed clean and get ready for those blessings; they're coming.

Happy Easter from my family to yours! Have a great rest of your day.

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