Monthly Archives: December 2013

Change

►Most resist it. Some question it. Many desire it. Few embrace it.
►Uncertainty follows it. Familiarity accuses it. False hope delays it. Stubborness denies it.
►Wisdom accepts it. Knowledge receives it. Understanding uses it. Growth invites it.
►Faith welcomes it. Transformation depends on it. Hindsight defends it. Satisfaction enjoys it.
►”Change” – you need it.

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Tables, Talks & Trips

Of all the places in this world one can visit, for every destination waiting to be explored, with the many soul-searching, rest-seeking, life-escaping excursions and destinations you might dream of, there is one for me, that exceeds them all. It is not a trip around the world. It is a simple gathering around the kitchen table, reminiscing, remembering, revealing and relaxing with those you love. It has more heart-melting, soul-comforting, spirit-lifting qualities that any get-away could ever offer.

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Wonder-Full Christmas?

Oh, what in the world would they think of us now? Would they have ever imagined that Christmas would transform into the stress that we often make it? A young woman in labor with her desperate husband, doing the best he could; their humble beginning; their bundled blessing ~ what would they think of it all now? Would they shake their heads and beg us not to miss it, again, this year? Would they urge us to understand that we won’t find Christmas at the mall; or under a tree; or beneath the mistletoe? Would they scold us to cease our frantic to-doing and let Christmas, the Spirit of Christmas, fill our hearts with the peace and the grace-filled relief of His presence instead? I wonder, if they wonder, what we’ve done with Christmas.

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Christmas Peace

It’s okay to leave half the decorations still in their boxes out in the garage. It doesnt matter if every card or gift you receive is equally reciprocated. Stores don’t always hold that perfect gift. In fact, avoiding stores can make you feel a bit victorious.  Cookies taste sweeter when they’re made with others. Christmas music is but once a year. Listen to it. It is good for your soul. The kid’s homemade ornaments are treasures, even the paper, yarn and crayon decorated ones.  Don’t discard them. Twenty years from now they’ll shake their heads at you, but will examine, admire and argue about which ones were theirs! Reminisce and thank someone who made a Christmas past meaningul to you. When asked if you’re ‘ready’ for Christmas, don’t rant on about your to-do list. Make some quiet time to ‘ready’ your heart. Read the Christmas story. (Luke 2:9-14)  Go to church, hold a candle and sing Silent Night. Let the Peace on Earth we so desire, begin with you and me. Choose it. Embrace it. Create it.

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Knowing Eyes

Seven years later and these tears of mine still surface at the most inopportune time. The sound of background music at work somehow beckoned her memory and the unstoppable saltiness began to well.  Busy servicing spa clients and selling holiday gift cards I found myself trying to blink them away, when an older man, having had an hour massage approached me. Typically, relaxed, sort of dazed and enjoying the la-la land of post massage therapy, he gazed at my watery eyes. We exchange the usual check-out conversation but he made serious eye contact with me and in his thick Italian accent asked my name. He then said, “Well, Polly, you are very pretty and kind-hearted.” His eyes looked deeply and knowingly, into mine, he reached out to shake my hand, then wished me a Merry Christmas and left. Had I opened my mouth, I would have fallen apart. So, silence dictated.  My mom was very pretty. And she was kind-hearted.  She wasn’t perfect but she could’ve given lessons on the art of listening. I know I am my own person, but there are aspects of my sweet mother that I do believe  carry on in me.  Somehow that is comforting. And so are the sincere words, knowing eyes and keen sensitivity of a caring stranger.

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Sing Instead

Realizing there are many things that I cannot change doesn’t mean I don’t care. Just because I choose to sing instead of curse doesn’t mean I am ignorant of what’s happening. Just because I choose thankfulness over grumbling doesn’t mean I am living in a dream world. Just because I try to look for the good doesn’t mean I am naive. And just because my glass is half full doesn’t mean I’m completely satisfied.  What is happening will continue to happen whether I curse, grumble, argue or worry. Time is going to pass either way. While it is, I’m choosing to sing.

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Ovations & Accolades

When someone attempts to help you in even the smallest way, voice your appreciation. Do not withold thankful words. Beware that pridefulness may cheer for your silence; skepticism may question sincerity;  criticism may assess ability, but let wisdom overrule them all.   Humbly applaud and cleverly affirm their efforts. Failing to notice, outloud, suppresses the appreciation they long for. Silence is discouragement. It casually disregards their sacrifice.   Wisdom understands that encouragement strengthens a person’s inner confidence. So, let the bravos and accolades generously flow.  Your standing ovation will affirm their performance and maybe, just maybe, promote an encore.  -PS

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