Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

New Year Blessings Today is the end of Christmas Day; a time when I like to review my many blessings, joys, sorrows and yes, the pains in the past year. Christmas brings with it all of those emotions, doesn't it, no matter who we are or what our life "appears" to be.

Although we are not allowed to go back and change the things that happened, no matter how ardently we might want to do that, our only real option is to go forward - into a New Year. That is one of the real reasons we celebrate this day - to rejoice in the love and wonder of the past year, to grieve for the sorrows of the year, and to prepare for the coming of a brand new year. A year that gives us the incredible opportunity to revise our present and create a year for plenty, of joy, of love, and of peace in our souls. Yes, there will be sorrows in this upcoming year. That, whether we like it or not, is a part of life. And always remember, we/you/I CHOSE to live this life! We did not come into this physical form as some sort of accident of birth. No! We CHOSE this physical body, as beautiful or flawed as it is. We CHOSE our family, as beautiful and/or as dysfunctional as they are. We CHOSE  our path, as rich or poor, as famous or simple, as bitter or happy. Don't ever forget this - you CHOSE your life! You CHOSE your path, and   each and every day you CHOOSE how you will live that day. Will you be happy, sad, bitter, grateful? Will you be a victim, a bully, an enabler, someone who lives for their job, someone who lives only for their spouse and/or children, or will you be the person you came here to be? Will you skate through life, or flounder, never catching a break, or will you look inside yourself and discover the purpose you chose for this lifetime and live up to it?

During the holiday season, depression, hatred and suicide seem to blossom. The flower of death and despair. For those who have lost a loved one, lost a job, or failed in some way, this is the most difficult season of all. Whether your year has led you into this Season of Hope or Season of Despair, it is vital to remember that we are, each and every one of us, responsible for our life and for how we live that life. Whatever we choose in going forward is exactly that - a choice. Just as it is our choice to live in suffering and pain, we have that same ability to choose  joy and happiness. So which will you choose on this day and in this season that holds both options?

As you and I move into the New Year, I hope you will reach out to each other. When you are in pain, hold out your hand and ask for someone to hold you, to sit with you, to listen to you, to share a dinner with you when you are hungry, and when you feel the pain and reach out to ask for help, think of who you are, of the many things you know, of your skills and talents, and ask, too, how you can help. For you are not below or less than anyone! You are a wonder on this earth!

And when you reach out to offer a helping hand, think of what you need to grow fully into your life and your potential, and ask those you are helping if they can help you. Every person on this earth blooms under the sun of being needed and useful. Your gift to them is more than food, an ear, comfort, etc. Your gift to them is in asking for their help. For you are not better than or above anyone! You are a blessing on this earth!

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