Monday, December 7, 2015

What You CAN do This Holiday Season...



*This was originally posted last year for Thanksgiving.  Right now it's a Monday.   Filled with the "fun" of getting kids to school, on time, keeping them in a good mood, free of drama, (any parent of school age kids, know what I'm talking about); car not starting, thanks to evolutionary savvy squirrels, and more.  So, while I have new posts that I'm trying to finish, enjoy this one and pass it on, because of the message.  Plus if you're a snow lover like me, I hope the fun picture above brings a smile.  Also, ladies, please check out and consider submitting to The Sadie Project! We'd love to hear your story!

Just a thought, inspired by the cast of Sesame Street's performance on the Macy's Parade today.  They did a fun song, I'm not sure of the title, (searched extensively for a video of it), but a reoccurring line was, "I'm growing kinder everyday."  So... that got me thinking...

Money may be tight, or even if it's overflowing, here's a suggestion that I am also going to try for this holiday season.

Speak sincerely kindly to "EVERYONE YOU MEET", and if you can add a smile, all the better.  You may give someone the gift of HOPE, and that is a powerful thing.

As joyful as this season is supposed to be, it also ushers in some negative feelings as well, for many.

Many have lost loved ones during the holiday season.  Even if it's been years, it'll still come to mind and heart.  Loved ones who are gone are missed even more during this time of year since we can no longer share the season with them.

Many had a hard year.  Loss of job, or it didn't turn out like one thought.   "Conscious uncoupling"; even though you know it will be better, at some point, it may no be yet.  Illnesses.  Rape and assaults- you don't get over, and sometimes it takes a while before you can figure out how to trust in tomorrow.

During the holidays, it's not always easy to be sparkly and cheery.  Sometimes though, if you can muster up a few pleasant greetings, you may end up feeling a bit warmer on the inside.  We all need a little help from time to time finding the holiday spirit.

Now is not the time for the older siblings or anyone else, to share their knowledge of what's real and what's not.  BELIEF is something, no one should be robbed of.

Make sure what you say to all, brings at least a smile, and not frown.  Add the warmth, that only humanity and compassion can.

Enjoy the season.

As Chuck Dicken's character Fred Holliwell said:

"There are many things from which I might have derived good, 
by which I have not profited, I dare say, Christmas among the rest.
 But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, 
when it comes around-apart from the veneration 
due to its sacred name and origin, 
if anything belonging to it can be apart from that- 
as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time:
the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, 
when men and women seem by one consent 
to open up their shut-up hearts freely, 
and to think of people below them 
as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave,
and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.
And therefore Uncle, though it has 
never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket,
I believe it has done me good, and will do me good;
and I say, God bless it!"


Wishing you and yours a joyful time, and hope that you find an abundance to be grateful for.