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Claiming Christmas Joy

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I published this post back in 2010, came across it today and decided to repost this reminder for myself and anyone else who may need it. We all have shattered dreams. Yet within them, there will be sparkles of joy. Let me not miss them.

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A friend was talking to me yesterday. She had struggled through an abusive marriage, painful divorce, trying to keep a roof over her head and raise three children. She has health problems, too, and it seemed that for twenty years all she could see were pieces of shattered dreams at her feet. She said something that really struck me– “I let Christmas get hard for me over those years. I don’t have to do that anymore. I can let go of all that and claim the joy of Christmas again.”

That’s it, isn’t it? We let things go, let them be buried under the inevitable difficulties of life. My friend reminded me that we don’t have to do that, and that it is up to us to claim our joy. No one can do this for us. We each have to do it ourselves.

No matter where we are, no matter how large the painful circumstance, or maybe a nagging one that has been hanging on for years, we don’t have to let that pain overshadow the joy of Christmas. Christmas joy is a gift already given to us. All we have to do is open our heart to accept it.

As a gift of joy to you, I’d like to share an excerpt of a short story I wrote years ago for a Harlequin Historical anthology, entitled Once Upon A ChristmasRead more

A Few Encouraging Quotes from things I’ve read this week:

On Writing:

“What distinguishes writers from non writers and would-be writers is that writers write.” ~Eric Maisel, Living the Writer’s Life

Notice it is write, not publish. While I can fine writing terribly hard work, the hardest thing for me is being a writer.

On finding peace:

“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” ~Eckhart Tolle

On life on earth:

“You are entitled to say NO to whatever gets in the way of your creative force and keeps it from bringing you a life of abundance. You are uniquely needed in this world, but only if you say no to the barricades.” ~ James Altucher & Claudia Azula Altucher, The Power of No




Peaceful Rather Than Practical

Good Sunday morning! On the porch this morning with a thick robe tied tight, slippy-socks, and a quilt tucked around me. But it is oh, so beautiful! I stepped out to see the big ol’ moon shining through the gnarled pecan tree. How fast time slips past; was it just a month ago that I saw the moon like that? The tree has much less leaves now. I watched the moon disappear into a pale sky as dawn came.

It is amazing how refreshing it is to get away from the house and normal routine, even if it was no further than twenty miles of riding around town, spending the day looking at and trying on cars. So enjoyed it with son and grandson yesterday. We put our butts in every model that I’d researched and that had been recommended, too. Drove a number of them, been surprised, and have narrowed down my desire considerably. Nope, not telling. We’ll see which I end up getting.

The wonderful thing about this point in my life is having learned that what is right for me will come to me at the right time. I cannot be moved by the idea: “Better get it before it’s sold to someone else.” Nor by the idea that I have to settle for something less than is right and good for me, wrung out by the silly idea to ‘be practical.’ Practical is usually someone else’s idea of what is right.

The thing is to listen to guidance inside, and do so with patience. These produce peace, and there is nothing more valuable in this world than peace. If it is not peaceful, then it is not of God. Doesn’t mean no bumps in the road, or no effort, but that one goes through the effort with a good measure of peace. Feeling the peace is my guide.

Wishing you a peaceful day!


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