Blessed Christmas


Merry Christmas! I hope you’ve had good experience practicing Random Acts of Kindness so far this Advent season. And, I hope you’ve found the practice to be uplifting to you, as well as to those you gifted with your kind acts.

For several years now, I’ve been very intentional about distancing myself from the insanity of the season: Black Friday, the shopping, busy malls, crowded stores, going into debt, too many gatherings, and running myself ragged. I give more attention to plans, and make them with greater intention. Intention and attention can make all the difference in the holiday experience. Attention means to give consideration, contemplation, thought, deliberation to something. Intention means to have a plan, or goal. Today, I’m far more intentional about how I spend my time, all the time, including at the holidays.

It can be really difficult to slow down and enjoy the season rather than be swept away on the tidal wave that this time of year can be. However, with mindful awareness, and making conscious choices, it can be done.

Let’s remember that Advent and Christmas are NOT about waiting for the birth of Christ. That happened 2000 years ago! It’s about welcoming the spirit of Christ into our hearts with gratitude and love each and every day, and being fully engaged in and present to what’s truly important in life, as we do our best to live that out in the world, every day, not just at Christmas.

This Christmas, I’ll leave you, very simply with my wish for you this Christmas:  May you be blessed with the mindfulness and courage this Christmas to create memories and give your best to the people you love.  And for our entire “global family:”

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth

The peace that was meant to be.

With God* as our Father

Brothers all are we.

Let me walk with my brother

In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now.

With every step I take

Let this be my solemn vow.

To take each moment

And live each moment

With peace eternally.

Let there be peace on earth,

And let it begin with me.

(written in 1955 by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller.) *the writers, and I, choose to call the creator of all that is, God.” What you call that power is less important, than that you call upon that power, in my humble opinion.

A Blessed Christmas to all, by whatever name you call the season, and to whatever higher power you lift your prayers. I wish blessings in abundance to you all, this season, and always. Ann Finnie


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