‘Tis the season(all year long)

I’ve been sitting on this one for a couple of years now. Christmas 2016 to be exact. I thought that, as we are in the midst of full holiday swing, I’d share these thoughts for you to ponder upon. Enjoy.

 

Just a little message that was weighing heavily on me in the early hours this morning I felt the need to share(like 2-3a.m. early…lol)..Please read and share if you are moved to.

As I lay here unable to sleep early Christmas day, I have few thoughts I’d like to share.

Many people are celebrating this Christmas and holiday season without people they create about for the 1st time. It could be a brother, sister, son, daughter, mother or father. Maybe it’s another relative, friend, or even a celebrity or public figure that we were fond of. Either way, it can be more difficult for some people than others. Too often we take those around us for granted and don’t realize how precious life is. Cherish the time you get with such people in your life, you never know when their time here may be up. I don’t just mean during the holidays, but rather every chance you get throughout the year. I know we all lead busy, time consuming lives in today’s world. It is definitely a different time and place than many of us knew years ago. We can no longer let that be an excuse not to show love and the importance of those in our lives. For example, if I left this world today, how many of you would be saying or thinking “If only he knew…,if only I’d done or said…, I never got the chance to….etc”. You get the picture. Right? Make time, not excuses, for those you care about. It may be the last time you can.

Also, there is usually a stronger push during this season to help others in need or less fortunate. We even call it “The season of giving” sometimes. We, as the human race, need to do a better job of making that a year round thought process, not just a month or two out of the year. Paint if you will a picture in your mind. How much of a better community, state, country, or planet we could have if we did better spreading kindness and help to those who need it all year long? It just seems that people are more generous around this time of year. Where is that love for fellow man in let’s say…June? Is it as strong as in late November and December? I bet not in most cases. However, the need is still there just the same. Why do we let a a calendar dictate when we help others? We should be doing it regardless of what time of year it is. All I’m trying to say is that we have to change ourselves and our own thinking as individuals before we can even think about changing our society and world. We all want a better, kinder, world in which to live…right? Then change within. That will ripple out into the world. We can change the world…in time…but it has to start with us as individuals first. Drop the hatred, labels, stereotypes, and ill will. Instead, spread love, kindness, and joy. That is how we create change. It’s not going to happen on it’s own, we have to all be participants in creating it. Be the change you want to see in the world. That’s the only place it starts.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
I love you all!!

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Life and Football

Have you ever thought about, or even noticed the similarities between life and football? If you take a moment to really think about it, they are more alike than you have probably ever noticed at first glance.

It starts with the introduction of two teams, your mother and father. A little while later comes you, and just like the coin toss, you are either male or female. Also just like the toss of the coin, both are completely out of anyone’s control. Then the game begins.

Each choice you make is like a play on the field. Sometimes you make the right call and move forward, other times you make the wrong one and move backwards. Either way, you just have to do your best and keep trying to move forward towards your goal(s). There will also be times that you have to punt and just start over.

Like the season, you will have many times to play this game over and over in many different locations and many different situations and conditions. Each time you do, you just have to do the best that you can at the time in each situation, or game, that you may face.There aren’t any winners or losers in the end however. By the time the game of life is over,you just have to hope that you have more good choices(wins) than bad(loses) on your record.

So, if you think about it, the two are really more similar than you would probably think. My advice to you is to just play the game of life to the best of your ability, have fun, and just hope for the best possible outcome.

Oh, and play like a champion every day!!

Healing

In life, we all go through some hard and painful events. Many times we look at these events and think that the pain is the hard part. I tend to disagree with that. Here is why I say that.

Although there may a great deal of hurt and pain associated with these events, both physically and emotionally, I think that the hardest part is actually the healing. Don’t get me wrong, the pain can also be quite hard and difficult to get through. There is no denying that at all. It can be anything from the loss or death of a friend, loved one, family member, physical injury, mental or emotional trauma, or a host of any other things.

In my opinion, however, the healing is the hardest part. That is the part that has you learning to live with, and dealing with, the pain. The part of learning how to cope and move on, even though you may never truly forget or be the same. The part of having to live with, in many cases, a life changing event and the effects it may have on your life moving forward. That is the hard part. Pain is temporary, but the healing from it can last long after the pain is actually gone. Some scars and healing may even last a lifetime. Healing is truly the hardest part by far in my opinion.