God willing, I will join the ranks of the over 35 crowd. I turn 36 this Saturday.
I received congratulations because most do not make it past 35. I have been blessed and continue to receive blessings…not because of my good deeds but because of my openness to the process and the journey.
To get to the gate, I have to fight rush hour traffic (on a commuter train) and went through a full-blown cavity search and detailed security screening. TSA must have thought that I was a secret agent. I realized that I was in the international terminal at the San Francisco International Airport. A postulant warned me that I would be searched; I was searched to the nines!
Frankly, I did not mind. I was early.
Now, I am getting ready to and yes, the flight attendants are there!
More to come on this crazy rendezvous to the Willamette Valley!
A continuation of the last things
I will lose a few things from now until I move up to Oregon:
1) The blog and Facebook–I may lose my ability to write and share in social media, but I gain courage to write and share in letters, phone calls and face to face meetings. This opportunity has given me the chance to write letters of gratitude. I thank you for bringing the love of writing back into my life.
2) My Address–Moving gives us a chance to change our places of residence, our emails, and our vocations. I feel that this change will be good for me. I love San Francisco but I am happy that I am moving to the Northwest to enjoy the rain and snow!
3) Relationships–I have a band of brothers and sisters here that I must say farewell to them. I have lost many relationships due to my selfish ways. I take responsibility for my part of the breakups. For the time being I must cherish those relationships. My confessor asked me to do an Act of Charity for a penance. I have many acts to do before the transition.
I hope I answered the question about the unexpected loss. I did not expect to close the blog by the end of this year, to end my internship in February, or say farewell to loved ones and friends.
But in the end…you lose it and get it back tenfold. I am making sacrifices and I have no regrets of the choices I made especially choosing to discern to become a Franciscan Missionary Sister.
No turning back now.
All good things must come to end.
My last post will be on the 31st. I talked with my vocation directress and there is little possibility that I will keep this blog running during formation. I understood this and I realize it can be time consuming while juggling with my crazy schedule.
I now can relate to those entering the monastery and convent…we make sacrifices all for the glory of God.
I will continue to write but with the pen and paper.
If you wish to keep in touch with me, I will leave my address so that you can send your prayer requests to my future community.
I will finish this chapter of my life by crafting Portlandia Carol as reflections on how we are called to be models of good character. Ebenezer Scrooge will be a manager at an internet startup company in Portland. He has many resentments from the past and they affected on how he looks at Christmas. Through his niece, his assistant, and spirits, he learns slowly of what is the true meaning of Christmas.
The first part will be on the blog by the 16th. Stay tuned for more details.
May you have a restful week.
Daily Prompt: Source of Anxiety
The unknown and unpredictable gives me chaos but it is good chaos!
One of my strengths is Adaptability; it is the ability to ride chaos in a dynamic environment such as San Francisco.
My morning commute involves dodging taxicabs and pedestrians on their Androids or iPhones.
I am still in denial that one of my dear friends resigned from a tough administrative position. She understood me and she saw the best in me including the adaptability.
At times like this, I am teary eyed due to the joys and cold weather. I rely on the One who became flesh and lived in chaos to give us peace. A young Dominican friar said, “If you want peace, go through trials.”
That’s my life and I am thankful for the trials.
For more on this perspective, google Paul the Apostle and trials.
For more on strengths, google Gallup and strengths.
Thank you for your comments and likes on the last two photo challenges!
I was checking my e-mail and saw a post from Blogdramedy who wished to celebrate Blogfestivus this year.
The challenge: 5 posts in 5 days. The theme is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The time is in 2013 instead of the 1800s. Each post must be 200 words.
I decided to chose the setting to be in Portland because I will be up there to visit the sisters and meet new people!
It is one way to start off my 36th year on the right foot! By the way, my birthday is in 11 days.
The identity of francisjourney33 has been revealed. Just a down to earth young woman who is a receptionist and preparing to enter religious life next year.
If you wish to join in on recreating this popular Dickens classic then click on the Blogfestivus Challenge.
Whatever holiday you are celebrating, may it be a happy and safe one.
Let There Be Light and it was so…
The reflection can be extended according to the seven-fold properties of creatures–which is a sevenfold testimony to the divine power, wisdom and goodness–if we consider the origin, magnitude, multitude, beauty, fullness, activity, and order of all things.–St. Bonaventure
Last week’s photo challenge was about the unexpected beauty and multitude of ladybugs. I also posted about unexpected the activity of others This week I focus on the magnitude of light. I was up near Twin Peaks in San Francisco and was fascinated by lights around me.
Stay tuned…there may be a part two.
More of the Bay Area’s Unexpected!
I went on a hike to Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland Hills
and was not expecting a colony of ladybugs along the trail. Most of the ladybugs can be hitchhikers by staying on your skin or shoe while hiking.