Sunday, January 2, 2011
The common theme in each of these stories cause some of us to despair, some of us to want to shun that person, some of us to want to leap to their rescue, and some of us to count our blessings. So what is the common theme?
It is crosses. Each of us has "crosses to bear Some of us realize that we were making a proverbial mountain out of a molehill. Once you come to the conclusion that your mountain of challenges is merely a reflection of what seemed to be of major relevance to your life, an all consuming "poor me", life seems to get immediately better. This conclusion, though, doesn't mean that you have to be consumed forever by your challenges. In reality, for many of us, we have options to exercise, actions that can be taken to overcome or reduce the impact of challenges in our lives or the impact of those issues to those around us. We can all complain, we can all moan, we can all build a negative life based on our issues. What makes us able to reduce the size of our challenges, however, is the option or ability to define the issue, develop actions to help resolve the issues, or, at the very least, seek help from friends, relatives, colleagues or professional organizations to give us guidance to move through and beyond our problems. Make no mistake. Your life will be full of some type of challenges to bear. Each point in our lives will reveal new concerns. The important point, however, is that there is most likely a way to reduce, change, or alter these challenges down to bite size chunks not mountains that can't be climbed. If you find that you are dwelling far too much on your challenges, one of the most effective ways to reduce to these to minor inconveniences of life is to build a separate mountain composed of all your blessings, all the positive aspects of your life. When you climb out of your "poor me" attitude, your mountain of "blessings" compared to your mountain of "challenges" will allow you to rise above the clouds to a sunnier view of life. Thanks for reading.
The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing others loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas. The question is What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. Christmas ... is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart. There's more, much more, to Christmas Than candlelight and cheer; It's the spirit of sweet friendship That brightens all year. It's thoughtfulness and kindness, It's hope reborn again, For peace, for understanding, And for goodwill to men. Let us keep Christmas beautiful Without a thought of greed, That it might live forevermore To fill our every need, That it shall not be just a day, But last a lifetime through, The miracle of Christmastime That brings God close to you. So Here is my little prayer to my friends and their Families for being a wonderful Friend.
"May your heart and home be filled with the true spirit of Christmas. May God fill your life with love, joy and peace this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year. And may Jesus always be your joy, your hope, your song. And may this Christmas and each day of the new year be directed by His guiding hand of love.'' Amen
Wishing you all Merry Christmas And a Joyous New year.