Letting Go to Move Forward

Don’t you love that life is full of second, third, fourth, fifth chances

New year light
New year light (Photo credit: fide)

and even more if we need them? The Universe seems to be continually encouraging us to get it right.

New Year’s Eve can be a time to let go of the things that have not served us well, or have held us back in the old year. Some traditions hold a “burning bowl” ceremony where everyone writes down one thing they are ready to let go of and then the individual pieces of paper are actually burned. There is a profound sense of release that takes place as the paper burns.

So what is holding you back this year?

I release and let go of the things that have held me back and move into the new year with love, peace and gratitude. And so it is. Thank you God.

Pray for Peace

English: peace
English: peace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“In every moment you have the option to choose peace for yourself.” — Dr. Wayne  Dyer

Please join me tomorrow on the eve of another New Year by praying for peace in the world, but first in our hearts.  If there is a Peace Vigil or World Peace Meditation in your community please join with your friends and neighbors in praying for peace.  Of course you can also do this on your own.  Some people actually welcome the New Year with prayer and meditation at midnight while others join in the World Peace Meditation at noon GMT.  For some of us this means getting up in the wee hours of the morning but is well worth making the effort.

“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

Non-Alcholic Party Beverages

ginger lime mocktail
ginger lime mocktail (Photo credit: elana’s pantry)

Can you still have fun on New Year’s Eve without alcohol?  You bet.  This year consider serving non-alcoholic beverages at you holiday party.

Make a Baby Bellini by starting with two ounces of peach nectar in a champagne flute.   Fill with sparkling white grape juice, sparkling apple juice, or seltzer.

For a Pomegranate Fizz  begin with pomegranate juice and a little lime juice in a champagne flute.  Fill with sparkling white grape juice or sparkling apple juice and garnish with a lime slice.

Non-Alcoholic Wine or Champagne is made by combining grape juice with sparkling water, sparkling apple juice or your favorite lemon-lime soda.

Be sure to have water available.  Slices of lemon or lime are a nice touch.

Have fun celebrating the New Year but remember friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

Thought for Today

English: Publicity photo of Raquel Welch and G...
English: Publicity photo of Raquel Welch and Gilda Radner from Saturday Night Live rehearsal, April 24, 1976. Radner is shown as dressed as Emily Litella. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”— Gilda Radner

Christmas Eve Prayer

Taken by Apollo 8 crewmember Bill Anders on De...
Taken by Apollo 8 crewmember Bill Anders on December 24, 1968, showing the Earth seemingly rising above the lunar surface. Note that this phenomenon is only visible from someone in orbit around the Moon. Because of the Moon’s synchronous rotation about the Earth (i.e., the same side of the Moon is always facing the Earth), no Earthrise can be observed by a stationary observer on the surface of the Moon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.
Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.
Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.
And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.”  –— Frank Borman, Apollo 8 space mission, 1968

It Really is the Little Things

Photo of green gelatin
Photo of green gelatin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was young money was tight, but no matter how poor we were mom made a special holiday dessert.  I loved her Christmas Jell-O®. It was just the red and green stuff we ate the rest of the year cut into cubes with dollops of whipped cream, but it was beautiful, and always served in a crystal bowl.  That is one of my most precious holiday memories. Why?  Not a woman given to displays of emotion or sentimentality, that simple holiday dessert was one of the ways my mother expressed love.

 You can’t give your children everything they want.  It is human nature the more we have the more we want.  Give your children lessons in love, joy, peace, faith and selfless giving. Also don’t forget to give your children the little things they will keep forever — memories.

What is your favorite holiday memory of a little thing that mattered most?


Seasonal Healthy Eating/Money Saving Tip

My Fresh Cranberry SauceCopyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins
My Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins

It’s fresh cranberry season!  Associated  with the holidays because they are only available from October to December, they are full of wonderful nutrients.  In addition to being fat free, cholesterol free, gluten free, sodium free and a good source of vitamin C and fiber, they also contain antioxidants and may help prevent urinary tract infections.

Time to stock up (they freeze nicely).  After the holidays they may be marked down.  I recently bought 6 bags at 2 for $1.

What to do with fresh cranberries?  You can eat them raw, but they are very tart.  You can make cranberry sauce, and of course cranberry nut bread, but they may also be used in savory dishes and stews.  The great thing about cooking with fresh cranberries is you control the sugar.

Copyright 2011 by R.A Robbins
Copyright 2011 by R.A Robbins

My fresh cranberry sauce and pumpkin cranberry bread (with dried cranberries) recipes are in my new ebook, Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday, available through Smashwords.

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