My finals happened to go extremely well, I would say I A-ed most of them, and that proves to by true when I received almost all A's except for an obnoxious B+. After spending a week on my finals, chewing all of my nails off, and diligently cleaning my dorm room; I headed to Oregon to see my Uncle and Cousin.
Overall I have a pretty amazing family, and when I realized flying to Bend was going to cost way too much my Uncle Leonard opened his house to me (he begged me to hang out),and thus I spend 10 glorious days in Dayton, Oregon. Dayton officially has a population of two and is next to a couple of towns with populations varying from 5-30 people (I might be a drama queen). It as nice to have time to do nothing, watch the TV I never get the chance to watch, and read books that I actually care about. The bonus of the time spend in that awful town is the fact that my cousin was on leave from the Army, fresh from Afghanistan. My family has a strong military presence and I am exceedingly proud of each and every one of them, notably of my uncle who recently retired from 26 years in the service, concluding his service as a Senior Drill Sargent, or as my uncle likes to say, the man who knows everything. My cousin, Jake, is really funny, smart, and just a fun person to spend time with; therefore it was fun to banter, fight, and chat with him. (I secretly admire him) During this time with my family I spotted the difference between some of my family members that I connect the most with and admire, and my other family members that I love dearly; generosity.
It doesn't matter if your Christian or Hindi; black or white; rich or poor; a generous heart pumps blood into a very different type of person, than an ungenerous heart. Generosity is not only determined by the monetary or tangible gifts, but also by the love and service you give. I have family members who come from a diverse economic backgrounds and a lot of the time I'm not drawn into someone who throws just money at me, but someone who shares something far more valuable; an investment of wisdom. Wisdom is not something you can pay for, its something that you have to take the time to listen, learn, and use in your pursuit of your own goals. I have been blessed far beyond what I deserve from my family, the stories, the love, and time that has been invested my heart is the most beautiful gift that could have ever been given to me, and I only hope invest all of this wisdom and my own into another promising soul.
Spring break was only 10 days but I must say that it has really revamped me giving me the kick to take on this last quarter before summer break.
"Receptivity is opening up your innermost being to be filled with my abundant riches. attentiveness is diverting your gaze to me: searching for me in all your moments. it is possible to stay your mind on me, as the prophet Isaiah wrote. through such attentiveness you receive a glorious gift: my perfect peace." -Jesus Calling March 28th
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is -his pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2
"People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them." Mark 10:13-16
"We have a strong city;God makes salvation its walls and ramparts.2
Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter,the nation that keeps faith.3
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." Isaiah 26:1-3
Be generous in more than tangible assets, be generous with love, wisdom, and laughter.