Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lent, Hair Cuts and Beggars.

Greetings, Fellow Bloggers!  
No matter where we are, what we are doing, or how we are feeling about things, life goes on relentlessly.  

  During this season of Lent, preparing for Easter and contemplating what God has done for me in His grace and mercy, I have been following a new web page, Relentless Act:s of Sacrifice, which stimulates thought, conversation and hopefully action, to make our world a better place thru individual sacrifice. 

 I am consciously making the effort to greet people I meet on the street, look them in the eye and acknowledge them as real people, with real lives, real problems, real joys.  Three days ago, I celebrated with a lady rejoicing at the birth of a new baby.  Yesterday, I commiserated with a man who is suffering the effects of a broken neck.  Today, I am listening to stories of depression and sorrow, without being judgmental.  

It seems to me people everywhere want to be seen, heard and acknowledged--affirmed.  I know that is what I want and look for.  When I tell my husband about a concern or problem, I am not necessarily asking him to make things better--I just want to be heard and to feel that he cares about my misery.

What does Lent mean to you?
Are you doing anything special to mark this season?

Here are some updates on recent activities aboard Steadfast.

Kristen is  "on Island" at Compass Cay from Germany.  She is a professional hair stylist and I really needed her services.  What a different kind of hair salon, right?

 I really missed the big mirrors.  Kristen kept cutting until there was hardly any hair left because I didn't see what was going on.  I would have told her to stop way before she did.  At least I won't need another hair cut 'til I get back home to Canada in a couple of months!!!!

Julissa, Kristen's daughter, made friends with Nelson while he waited for me to get beautified.

Nelson has discovered that portholes give him a new view of the galley.  Captain is a sucker for beggars  and regularly passes treats thru the window.

Bev, from Retired Sailor, marks sunset at Compass Cay, by blowing his conch horn.  A few years ago, I was adept at playing the first few bars of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on a horn like this.  As with most things, if one doesn't keep in practice....   Just another life skill down the drain.  :)

Until next time, play safe and do your part to make the world a better place.


momto8 said...

I love your last line..I wish we would all try to make the world a better place....and Lent helps us do just that!!
i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful place for a haircut! Seriously awesome. I gave up meat 8 years ago for Lent and well, still honor it daily you could say.

Pat Tillett said...

My last haircut was done by my wife on top of a mountain. The hair she cut off, just blew away in the wind!

Unknown said...

what an awesome place for a haircut! And such beautiful pictures of the sunsets.

Lucy said...

I work hard during Lent and hope every year I gain a little but I am a huge work in progress, every time I make a step forward, I tend to let something stupid set me back two steps,so I keep working, I am just one of those sinners, forever beating my head against a wall.

Oh, I wish I could do a haircut outside, how beautiful, sometimes I can't stand the salon.
Love the pictures!!

Veronica Lee said...

I, too, wish I could have a haircut outside!! How lovely!!

Tami said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate Lent - and hopefully it will become a habit that carries on. We always look at what we can sacrifice during Lent - giving up chocolate or soft drinks or some activity we enjoy - but I'd never thought about giving up some of my time by devoting it to listening to others. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Hope your hair grows quickly :)

Roy and Christine said...

Lent and the build up to Easter is always a special time.

You are doing your part in making the world a better place by your inspirational words and uplifting stories. Thank you.

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