Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale
Tomorrow will be Christmas Eve and I have a full day planned that will be topped off with a dinner with another family that has been our tradition for more than thirty years. Each year we reflect on the good times we all had together since we first met as next door neighbors. We have seen all the children grow into successful adults and watched all the grandchildren turn into fine young people. Not everyone will be with us since many will be out of the city but their spirits will be there.
Christian our not I hope you all will join me and leave all worry and stress behind you as we continue in the spirit of Christmas, a time of peace and goodwill. It has been a difficult time for far too many, I hope that reflecting on the blessings we do have will allow us to set our burdens aside even if it is only for a few days.
And for you my dear friends I wish you the very best both for now and forever. I think of so many of you as a gift I have received, a personal blessing if you will, for it is the goodhearted friends we have that adds luster to life’s journey. Thank you for being there.
Today I am going to go back and reprint some of the Holiday thoughts from Past Daily’s.
It must be Christmas, lets hope the spirit lasts this time.
Peace on Earth
Good will towards men
Nothing more needs to be said.
If we all do our part, think what we might………
No matter where you are in the world today, no matter your religion or your beliefs, I hope you too will embrace “Peace on Earth, good-will to men.” I know of no time when goodwill was needed more. The events of the last few years have shown that hatred, animosity, and terror affects us all, and that no one is guaranteed safety and tranquility. It will take us all, and millions of others working for peace and understanding if we are to stop and reverse the insanity. At the very least we can be kind to each other and invest in the brightest possible future for all children in the years ahead. During this season of celebration let us not forget the fact that our religions and our philosophy is based on the promise of a better life for all.
"Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."
The Bible: Proverbs. III. 17
"Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one."
"Peace is our gift to each other."
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Yes, our Christmas is probably too materialistic, and yes we probably are not as reverent as we might be, but Christmas does live in all of us. The day will be filled with warmth and friendship, a spirit that I would like to see all year. Maybe we would do well to make sure we bank the feelings of the day and use them to make our next Christmas all of 2007 by holding on to the goodwill that we have on Christmas day.
Whatever your religion or beliefs I want to you to know I wish you happiness and joy not only during the yuletide but for the weeks, months, and years ahead. Let us not wait for the world to bring us peace and happiness, let us all join up as missionaries and bring it to others, and through them to the world. Let it begin with you and me and at least we and others like us will rest every night knowing we did what we could to keep the spark of goodwill towards man alive for another day, another of our private Christmas days.
The next few days will be a good time to bask in the holiday spirit and be grateful for what we have, especially our friends and our families. Now is a time in our history that we risk falling into to the depths of despair due to the economic conditions and the challenges that life often lays upon us. Thankfully when we review what is important, our family, friends, the air we breathe, the things that are there for us to see and more, the picture brightens. It often is not easy to see what we have as because of the challenges we face each day. But it is the overcoming of challenge that toughens and strengthens us and allows us to concentrate on what is really important.
What lies ahead will require almost all of us to review and plan for the differences that we will experience in the months and years to come. It is a good for most of us to reassess what is important and what really is not all that important. If we spend our time measuring losses based upon life as it once was instead of measuring what our life can be we may miss the chance to find happiness.
Do you take for granted the little everyday things that provide you comfort? Do you have a priority list of what really is important and what makes you happy? If you do, good for you for those are the things we need to protect and nurture. The year coming up can mark a new beginning where we have the opportunity to set the stage for a life compatible with the times and one that has the potential to bring us true happiness.
Today is the last Daily until after Christmas. Your Daily crew is going to take the next four days off to enjoy our family and friends and to embrace the hope that comes with a new beginning. For me Christmas signifies the hope that comes from the birth of millions of children that will be born in the days ahead, children that provide us hope that they will get it right and bring peace on earth and goodwill towards men.
Let us pray that their innocence and hate free view of the world will not be tainted by the failures of the generations that have preceded them. Let them recognize the beauty that exists in a life that focuses on caring for others and seeing the splendor in a world who appreciates the value of the human experience and that is not driven by greed and excess.
The challenges are great and the obstacles monumental but those who taste and remember the simple pleasures of youth and how joy can be found all around for those who care enough to look will know that regaining a world in peace and harmony is well worth the effort.
And now my dear friends it is time to prepare for the birth of new opportunity that comes with the arrival of Christmas.
I know some of my time in the days ahead will be spent counting my blessings of which you are one. But while I will find happiness in the glow provided by friends and family I will also be saddened by those who have little or nothing for themselves. I cannot help but wonder sometimes what I might have done in the past for others when I was too busy to see their pain but fortunately the question now fuels the fire that that motivates me to do all I can in the years ahead.
So to one and all I wish you peace and good health and most of all I wish you the happiness that comes from reaching out to others.
Be well my friends and may the days ahead bring you joy.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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