For the past few months I’ve been re-reading Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It has been a blessing to have stumbled upon this book once more, and thought how appropriate it would be to end this year, 2011, with the last entry of her book (December 31st).
This last bit has resonated with me so much, I decided to place an excerpt here.. so right, in my opinion, for many of us to move into the New Year.
“Pray your journey be a long one. Savor the stops along the way. They make the search marvelous. Meaningful. Memorable. Find and honor our own pace. There are still so many harbors to be seen for the first time. you’re headed for someplace you’ve never been before. Keep your thoughts held high. Let personal passions stir your mind, body and spirit.
Set your course to Authentica. Legend has it that once your reach her shores, you’ll not leave the same woman. FOr it you find this sacred isle, you will remember what you have always known. You will discover the woman you’ve always been. No longer will you see things as they are. You will see things as YOU are. Through the parting of the mists where doubt and faith meet, you will see the authentic self is the Soul made visible.
So as 2011 ends and 2012 begins… The passage will not be felt, but the continuous movement towards my wise self will followed by light, forwarded by love and entered with faith so strong nothing will stop who I have become!
Happy Prosperous Journey into 2012 my friends.
I haven’t written in a while, sorry. Adulthood sort of got in the way. How’s things? The Mrs? The elves? Rudolph? Hope all is well!
I’d hate to just jump into it but, this is sort of your area of expertise. What I want for Christmas. Well, I never did get that Pogoball and I was pissed at you for a while because of that but I realize now that you were probably right…I would’ve cracked my head open. See? With age comes wisdom….or at least a higher chance of being able to be reasoned with.
Here’s the thing Santa. I’m pretty blessed. We keep things pretty simple since I’ve been in school. It’s tough sometimes but in the end, we have the essentials and that’s a lot more than other people have so…we suck it up.
So what I’m getting at here is something non tangible. A few things actually….
First, for the people I love to find peace. Within themselves first and foremost because once you have that, you easily can have peace with others.
Second, patience! I need more of this. Please gimme, gimme, gimme!!! Okay maybe I should include manners in this one too…
Thirdly, I wish my son to never feel like he is alone, ever. I want him to never waver on this. Ever. I want him to know despite anything that happens we will always be in his corner, even when we disagree with him or each other. I want him to know he is the best thing that has ever happened to me and that he and his father leave me feeling so fulfilled, that there is very little else I need.
Lastly, Starbucks delivery would be kinda awesome. Think you could hook that up?
Stay gold! With love, Michelle ❤
As the snow falls out my window, and I bombarded with nostalgia. I love this time of year, because it is a time of birth, and a time of growth. It is also a time to reflect on what I really want. I was brought up in such a way that giving was number 1! And OH! how I love to give.. but like a child, I also love to receive.
This Christmas I wish for many things: A new couch, a working dryer… and maybe some new clothes.. makeup .. things to make my life easier and my self-esteem soar.
Yet, really, what I really want for Christmas is love. The kind of love I can only give myself. The kind of love that would radiate from my being and settle into yours. The kind of love that would allow me to get up in the morning with vigor and a sense of passion for the day. That kind of love has been on my path for years, however, I never seem to be able to grasp it for long periods of time.
This action of self-love would benefit me and my children. I want to be able to provide them with a mom that is always smiling and uplifting. A mom that can encourage her children to be the BEST they can be.. and to love themselves as they are.
We are heading towards a new way of being. We are emerging as souls and losing our egos. The next generation of children must tap into this quickly as they are led by their peers..and I cannot stop them. However, what I know for sure… is this Christmas.. I want to BE PRESENT with my kids..
So.. really all I want for Christmas is: Peace! … freedom from the shackles of guilt. to be able to rise above and be the star I was meant to be…
Wishing you a Merry Little Christmas…. and Happy Holidays!
Volunteering at the food bank this past month gives me this deep sense of fulfillment. Yet, I cannot help but cringe every time I have to pass old moldy cheese or an almost rotten tomato to the person in front of me. I agree “waste not want not” but do we really have to pass a bag of lettuce that is wilting inside? What is that telling the person who is receiving? That they at the bottom of the food chain, and they get scrap? This feels wrong to me.
This holiday season, many of you will be giving to food banks. This time, why don’t you give things you and your family love to share:
- Give fresh! As mentioned above, receiving a wilted lettuce leaves the person feel less than worthy.. Nothing says “you matter” like brand new stuff! So buy the fresh produce and why not throw in your most favorite dressing while you’re at it?
- Give generously! Looking in your pantry for that can of tomato soup that’s been sitting on the shelf for a year? Why don’t you make a list of your favorite canned soups, like Chunky or Progresso for example, and buy 10 cans of those! On top of providing good veggies these soups contain protein too!
- It really is the thought that counts. If you are providing a gift basket for a family with children.. ask the parents what the kids love to eat and do not often receive. Forget the Kraft Dinner (they eat that all year). Give good cereal, meat coupons, or even McDonalds Gift Certificates or your favorite family hang out.
- What is your favorite toothpaste, soap and detergent? Giving the best for a change will make people feel loved. Really.. who doesn’t love the thought of washing their clothes in Tide? or even taking a bath with LUSH bombs?
- Last but not least, the Holidays are a time when families cannot afford much for gifts. Today a woman entered and had nothing for her grandchildren. If you can, adopt a family, and pass all your family favorites on.. this way, the family may have enough left over to give to their children or grandchildren. Because, giving is my favorite thing to do, and I would not want to deprive someone of that feeling.
So there it is! What favorite things to you love to pass on over the Holidays. Write them down below and this year, our favorites, will make someone’s life just a little brighter!