Well the day after Thanksgiving is usually about spending too much money (but look how much I saved) and eating left overs… Since Black Friday means nothing to me I’ll go with the left overs.
Today there was left over food and left over work. The food will be eaten and the work was almost completed but there are the residual thank you notices or thoughts.
Traditionally I use this weekend to write out my Christmas cards (OOPS how un P.C. of me) I said Christmas, oops wrote Christmas! Yikes I hope this doesn’t go on my permanent record!
I digress, I write Christmas Cards because it’s the perfect time to remember each individual. To recall what they mean to me. Sappy I know but it is my way of getting into the true spirit of the season and I don’t get up at midnight to do it!
How did a simple celebration of Thanks turn into a holiday of Angst? Because somewhere along the line we lost the meaning. Instead of joining together to celebrate gratitude for what we have. We’ve created ANGST by taking a simple meal and turning it into an event! Spending too much money (we don’t have) for too much food (we’ll waste). All the while feeling resentful for the people we’ve assembled with. This could be for any number of reasons usually because your expectations or beliefs of the day aren’t congruent. Then you may have an over controlling stressed out relative who takes the consistency of the mashed potatoes too seriously!
What ever the reason we’ve replaced gratitude and joy with heartburn and migraines! My advice KISS KEEP IT SIMPLE SILLY! Make the bird the star, one dressing, three vegetables one starch and rolls. Pie for desert and play a board game tell each person why you’re grateful for their presence, and Thank God you live in a country that has abundance and ask God how you can share it…
These past few days have been fairly good for me, except for some sad news. Two people have passed away too young and a dear member of my karate family received some difficult news…
So what can I do? What we all need to and can do: Be there. Let those you love know that you can be counted on to be leaned upon. We all need to take turns with the good and bad of the universe. We need to share our good fortune and help ease the pain of those suffering misfortune. Because they’d do the same for you.
That’s why we are here to look after each other…
Giving not GIFTING, that’s what the holidays are about…
Volunteering your time to a soup kitchen or food pantry – Lending a hand to an elder – Spending time not money on your children – Being present with yourself and your higher power – Appreciating your talents by sharing them. These are the true gifts of the season and you won’t find them on sale black Friday – They are to precious and rare!
Go out and hug someone!
What is real? What is or what we believe it is? This seems to be the issue in Happy Valley. Even the name Happy Valley suggests an altered sense of reality. All I know when you idolize someone or something above all things you lose all sense of perspective! This is what the Ten Commandments refer to as idolizing false gods. Whether it was football or a coaches influence on the game. The game and the coach became more important than the safety of children – This should never happen!
Now there are delusional people who are rioting to support a delusional program that allowed the most unspeakable crime to happen. Now the victims are in danger for speaking out…
So what is real? For the world; young men were victimized. For “Happy Valley” a coach was victimized… Einstein was right the universe changes with an individuals perspective.
God Help the real victims,
My status on Facebook today went something like this; I feel like a pawn in a cosmic chess game…
So are we? The question of free will and fate has been and will be debated until the end of time. All I know, there are circumstances and events when I feel I have choices. Then there are those I have absolutely no control over. Yet there are times when it could go either way. Once again we come to the Tao and Yin and Yang.
The best we can do is accept responsibilities for our choices, let go of the things we have no control over and learn from both…
Every day we face all sorts of guidelines and laws about limits. Speed limits, dosage limits, weight capacities, limited time, space, calories the list is endless. Most of these are for our general wellbeing. What about the self imposed limits, like our capacity to learn, love, achieve and give where did they come from? Wh do they exist?
My guess is somewhere in our lives someone told us we weren’t smart enough,tall enough, pretty enough or athletic enough and we believed them. What if believing in those limits has held us back from some great discovery or feat? Suppose that discovery could have benefited humanity and or the world?
My point, don’t let anyone’s opinion limit your capacity to discover and grow into the incredible being God intended you to be!
So go out there and kick some butt!