Being happy and joyous is a state of mind that we have to sometimes consciously choose because we have let the bustle and stress and demands of our lives surround our hearts and minds with a lot of grey muddle...or my new term this week...sloshy shit...(long story).
Isn't it a shame that we can't all go back to seeing the world through the eyes of a child just for this one time of the year? I wonder what would happen...would we be so filled with joy and wonder that we would strive to bring peace to the world instead of being so caught up in controlling, and owning, and earning, and getting one over on the next guy? I'm sure that was what John Lennon was trying to convey in his song "Imagine"...don't you?
We got our first snow here in Indiana two weekends ago and it started as just a misty little flutter of white floating through the air and by the time I came out of the local Dollar General it was coming down in such masses one would have thought that every single angel in heaven was excitedly smacking each other in the head with pillows and laughing gleefully as their pillows emptied on the landscape below. A lot of people would have complained...whether it be about the driver in front of them driving too slow...or the wet mess on the floorboard of their car...but not me! Nope! I went outside and enjoyed every bit of that wonderful white stuff that was turning my autumn brown yard into a white carpet of beauty. I watched as my little female goat would tentatively stick her nose out to see what that stuff was that was falling from the sky. I went out to try to build a snowman even though the stuff wouldn't pack and pelted the horse with it instead...and he loved it! Then I went inside and built a fire and enjoyed the rest of my weekend writing, baking and doing crafts...not to mention a few late night chats.
This Thanksgiving we had our dinner at my friend's mother's house. And I looked around the room and realized just how blessed I was and how proud I was of my daughters who had come up with the idea to begin with. Their unselfish willingness to share their holiday and fill it with amazing food, roughhousing children, a begging dog, and a whole lot of warmth and consideration for others. No, they don't always get along like this but for one day there were no arguments, unkind words, or frowns. Truly a blessing.
I've spent most of this holiday weekend doing the regular chores, then writing or crafting, baking or just sitting around and watching movies. And I reflected. I may not have all the things that some people have, but I have more than what I did a year ago. I had losses throughout the last year but in place of what I lost, there was something new and better in its place...even if it was just a wealth of wisdom and a sense of peace. Again, nothing that you can touch with your fingers but certainly that which you can touch with your heart and mind.
This holiday season, I hope that each of you will look at the world through the innocence of a child like you did when you were young. Before the world told you what to see and how to see it. Open your mind and heart to possibilities that you only dreamed of doing some day. Take that walk in the snow. Build that snowman. Hop on a sled and go flying down the hill screaming excitedly like a banshee in the night. Smile at that stranger in the store or take a stroll through the toy aisle and set off all the gadgets at the same time. Go pump gasoline in your pajamas and barn boots. Call in to work and spend the day walking through the park or the woods. Find your peace and listen to your heart. And remember this...with each day that we arise to another daybreak we are given a gift...a life...a chance to make our dreams a reality. Another day to be thankful for those who have come into our lives as blessings and lessons... with that, I want to share this from the dedication section of my upcoming book...
There are angels among us. Whether they be the ethereal celestial beings portrayed by artists through history or the people that come into our lives to protect us, guide us, teach us or save us from ourselves.
I am grateful for every angel that has crossed my path throughout my life, because without them, I would not be the person I’ve come to be.
Thank you to each and every wonderful person that has crossed my path for any reason this past year and may you all have a very wonderful holiday season!!!