The diversity of our fantastic country is reflected in the ways Australians will spend Easter. Some will spend time with family, some will visit various music festivals around the country, some will be working, those of Jewish faith will remember Passover and the release of the people of Israel from slavery, with Christians pausing to reflect on the sacrifice of the Son of God.
Regardless of how, or even if, we celebrate Easter – the four day weekend gives us time to reflect, take stock of where we are, where we are going and where we want to be, and then – if we so desire – to choose to start afresh, to look at the dawning of a new day, breath deep and hope for the future.
This year, the Easter weekend straddles the end of the first quarter of the year and the beginning of the next. It is hard to look back and realise that one quarter of this year is already behind us! How time flies… But, being this time of year, I am reminded that the new quarter approaching is clean and as yet untarnished. It is an unwritten book – its pages yet to be filled with stories and photos and experiences, of laughter and sadness, and joy.
I will be attending my local Easter service tomorrow – and I’m taking the time to reflect on the quarter that has been and the remainder of the year that is yet to come.
Its been an interesting ride – with work, family and personal illness all taking centre stage throughout the quarter at one stage or another, but through it all I am reminded that it just wasn’t me warring on these alone. I am so appreciative of what has been done for me throughout the quarter – I’ve resolved that I will take the time to connect, to thank, to encourage, to build and to appreciate.
I will write that letter to my grandmother
I will call my sister in law
I will spend quality time with my mother
I will catch up with friends
Its uncharted territory, quarter 2 2013 – ready to be penned and written!
So here’s to quarter 2 of 2013, where I will make it a priority to not get so caught up in the everyday I forget to appreciate the ‘now’. To take time out, a weekend away, a night to myself, to regain perspective.
For those who have faith in the gospel of Jesus, Easter is about the tangible expression of God’s love for mankind. For everyone else, the time off spend with family and friends can enrich lives and build ties with those that we love.
Wishing you a happy, joyous, and love filled Easter!
Erin shares her perspective via the My Club blog on creating (and trying to maintain) balance in everyday life, how taking time off to rekindle relationships, renew friendships and explore the previously unknown brings vibrancy, creativity and a lightness to life. Connect to Erin, and any of the WorldMark team via facebook.
“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” Eleanor Roosevelt