Friday, December 21, 2007

Holiday Wishes

Here is a story that has made its rounds on the internet, but it bears repeating. My apologies for those that subscribe to my newsletter, Cultivating Seeds of Change, for the repeat of material-I know you understand why!

One day , the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return trip the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"it was great, Dad."
"Did you see how poor people live?' the father asked.
"Oh yeah," said the son.
"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.
The son answered:"I saw that we have one dogs and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was speechless. Then his son added,"Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."
Author unknown

I wish you peace this holiday season. For the new year, I want you to be happy, indulge in your dreams and passions, dance and sing, laugh outloud at least once a day, treasure the gifts that are bestowed upon you (especially those that are intengible and come disguised as problems or worries), believe in your wishes, celebrate YOU.

Monday, December 10, 2007

The gift of gratitude

Today I am expressing my gratitude for my father in law's successful surgery and pray for his quick recovery. Although I have married into the family, my in-laws are very caring and giving people. I am happy to share their son with them and look forward to creating many more family moments with them.
This Christmas will be a special one: my father in law is gaining strength and my mother in law is gaining peace of mind. Our daughter will be arriving from New York to spend a few days with us and my son is around.
I lost my father before age 6 and my mom passed away in June of 1999. Christmas was always special at our house. Imagine 7 kids, a big tree and a crackling fire-Norman Rockwell would have been pleased!
I am thankful that loss can be overcome and that happy memories survive those that are not as comforting.