Happy New Year! I wish everyone a year filled with peace, love, and blessings. This will be a year of new beginnings and I hope to accomplish much. I appreciate the support I have received in my small corner of the blog world. You have inspired me to write and think more and for that I am truly grateful. God bless!
All it takes is a small seed of information to send my world on its end. I am a worrier by nature and I am not patient. When it comes to my job, and the skills I have for the job, I take great pride in my knowledge and work experience. If I feel I am passed over on a promotion, I immediately question why, as I know I have what is needed to get the promotion and excel at the job. If I hear that I am passed over on a promotion due to the hiring party “having a friend…,” I get a bit angry. The worry then begins. I expend a lot of negative energy worrying about things that I cannot change and that are clearly out of my control. The blow to my self-esteem is another part that makes this difficult. My first reaction is to want to immediately find another job. They don’t deserve me, right? I am highly skilled and experienced!
After I have the time to evaluate the entire situation, I am able to rationalize with the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other and come to a very important conclusion: I still am very skilled in many areas and have experience beyond my years. This make me a very valuable person in the work place and in life in general. My worry is decreasing, along with my anger. When one door closes, another opens. I do not want to stare and ponder at the closed door so much that I miss the opportunity that may arise from the door which has opened. The fighter in me refuses to lie down and take it–I will rise and fight. Worry accomplishes absolutely nothing.
Sometimes, you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.
You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches….
-Dita von Teese
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
-Louisa May Alcott
Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.
Above all, be the heroine of your life. Not the victim.
Another Christmas holiday has come and gone. The time spent with families and friends are memories that will live forever. The children have grown, but still have the youthful innocence which is so beautiful. The ability to forget about my worries, even for a moment, is like a breath of fresh air. I was able to enjoy the laughter and camaraderie and leave those troubles behind. Since my self care includes unlimited laughter and hugs–I was in good hands.
As memories of the past are relived, the thoughts turn toward those who are no longer with us. The wistful thoughts shared make the memories come to life. Each person fills my life with their own brand of special. They are all similar, yet they are all different and I love them equally. Spending the day with my children was the best gift I received, as I could not be more proud of each and every one. The memories made are precious and priceless. I am indeed very blessed.
More good reads:
- Christmas Day: Cherish the Memories (jackiewong88.wordpress.com)
- My epic failure at making freakin’ Christmas memories… (martinisandminivans.com)
- Memories… (allthingsmommy.net)
Put your shopping bags down and give your husband, wife, mother, father, sister, brother, friend, etc., the most special gift of all… You.
I for one have not been as excited and enthusiastic about this holiday season as I have in past years. My home does not look like Christmas’s past, and the tree was just put up. My Christmas spirit is in a lull and waning. In speaking with others, they seem to feel the same way. Have the holidays been overshadowed, and possibly replaced, by the spirit of shopping and marketing? When the new trend seemed to be stores opening late on Thanksgiving evening, it pulled the wind right out of my holiday spirit. Thankfully, I also heard that a few family owned and operated stores were continuing to stay closed on Thanksgiving so their employees could spend time with their families. This put the smile back on my face. To know that there are still some who are hanging onto tradition and family values makes my heart soar. We need to remember what this holiday season is all about and celebrate it with our families and friends! This is one shopper who chooses to give thanks on Thanksgiving for what has been bestowed upon me. Only then will I start thinking about shopping. The most important thing in this world is my family and the time we have together. I will never take it for granted.
Happy holidays everyone. May you rekindle the spirit of togetherness with your family. Wishing all a blessed and Merry Christmas!
There has been only one Christmas – the rest are anniversaries. ~W.J. Cameron
The holidays are here…. a time for family, gifts, cooking, and celebration of the birth of our Lord. While I am busy preparing for the festivities to begin, my thoughts constantly go to my friend whose husband is fighting cancer, and another friend who lost her husband to cancer two years ago. This time of year is difficult when loved ones are suffering or missing. The loneliness and sadness is heard in their voices and it grips your heart so tight it is hard to breathe. Many tears have been shed with these two friends and the words of sympathy and consolation are hard to find, as they have all be said. Prayer provides the solace needed and I pour my prayers over all who are suffering or lonely.
I am fortunate to be blessed with a healthy family and we are able to celebrate with great joy in our hearts. Peace is found with the power of prayer. My Christmas wish is help others find the peace needed to get through the holidays. My prayer warriors are quickly assembled. If you know one who is in need of prayers, I would be honored to give this as my gift. Post a comment or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and provide as little or as much information as you wish. May God bless all.