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I recently had a series of classes on the Parables that Jesus used.

This morning (August 2) at Mass the reading was from Matthew, "Jesus said to his disciples: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age.'"

In a way, we do something like this from time to time.

We go through all the things that have gathered over a period of time, and decide what we want or need to keep, and what we can give away or throw away. For many, this is referred to as spring cleaning.

I sometimes find it amazing, what I hold onto, and even though I am not ready to discard certain things, I also realize that it really isn't anything that I'll be using again either. Yet I hang onto them.

In a way, we need to routinely grow through ourselves, deciding what parts of us are good and need to stay, and what parts of our lives to we need to discard, or change.

We all have things that we should change, yet sometimes, to make that change takes a lot of effort, and sometimes we want to hang onto certain parts of our personality or traits, even though they might not be the best for us.

The best way to make changes is to set small goals, that are easily obtainable, then slowly set larger goals as the easy ones are made. That way, we see progress.

Another plan is to work at only one thing at a time, otherwise we might feel overwhelmed and figure it useless or hopeless.

In setting goals, also set rewards, this gives us something to work for. If the goal is not achieved, then neither is the reward.

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