Happy Holidays ya’ll! My wish for each of you during this special time of year is perspective. Go seek it or better yet, allow it to seek you. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. And it’s easy to allow the extra list of to-do items to cause stress instead of bringing joy. So let’s flip it and reverse it!
- Stay present
- Honor the holiday
- Receive grace
Need inspiration? I got that covered for you…
Eyes open to take in visible blessings
In early December, my new neighbors invited me to celebrate the eighth day of Hanukkah. I was honored and excited to attend. I was told the night would be about light and peace.
In advance, I did a little homework. For example, bringing light and warmth into the home during the chill of the evening is part of the Hanukkah celebration with family and friends. After lighting the menorah, it was time to enjoy the latkes! The grace was simple yet special. Bless the food in front of us, the friends with us and the love between us. As we devoured our latkes with applesauce and sour cream, my neighbors continued to bless us with family traditions and favorite memories. Perspective: Keep your eyes open to receive blessings from new friends.
Hearts open to receive teaching souls
Midmonth, I volunteered to join a new friend to celebrate the holidays with the Pine Castle community. What an amazing day to engage, interact and serve. The loving souls who attend to the special needs of this community – Mary, Debra, Silvia and Helen – are the equivalent of angels. They know their member’s likes, dislikes, boundaries and yes, even when a member is testing you as a volunteer. These dedicated angels with servant hearts share Voice (intentional cap!) with love and enlightenment. Thank you Toni for the inclusion with your extended family.
And a sweet highlight was the DJ. Ya’ll, seriously, the power of music? I saw SO MANY faces and spirits moving, dancing, bouncing, walking, nodding, clapping and smiling. Pure joy! Perspective: Keep your hearts open to receive the special people who cross your path.
Ears open to hear wise storytellers
My neighbors from my previous neighborhood have an annual ‘open mike and open jam’ soup party during the holiday. The house is packed with musicians, writers, poets and artists from all ages and backgrounds. The night is beautifully woven with poem and book readings, and musicians playing a variety of instruments.
One musician played the kora. As a self-taught artist, he shared his raw experiences and rich stories. Much of what he said about race, love, people and truth resonated with me. And one thing stood out – music is universal. In fact, I thought of the Pinecastle members and smiled. Music truly has no boundaries. It speaks to all and brings us together. Perspective: Keep your ears open to receive storytellers and melody makers.
Blessings to you all during the holidays. May moments surprise, teach and move you.