Don’t you love that life is full of second, third, fourth, fifth chances
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.
“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.”
Don’t look further for answers: be the solution. You were born with everything you need to know. Make a promise to stop getting in the way of the blessing that you are. Take a deep breath, remember to have fun, and begin. -Jonathan H. Ellerby
“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
“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
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?
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.