“Holiday gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” Oren Arnold
DECEMBER WISHES: As we celebrate all that this month/season has to offer us, it would be wise to pause and reflect on the ending year, the many events that occurred, and our wishes for the coming year. December is a special time for so many and yet, it is also a time of great pain, suffering, and loneliness for others. This is a great time to reach out to others either directly or by Volunteering through the many organizations out there in the world. We can do it online or in person, the choice is ours. Volunteer or support organizations that do. If we can take a message to heart from this post, it would be to remember to be compassionate with others and with ourselves. Compassion opens the door to our hearts and prompts us to remember to be charitable and kind. Compassion reminds us to be gentle with ourselves and less critical of others. So, take a moment to read the list of events below, and see if any of them speaks to your heart. Reach out, find some time to pick a cause that resonates with your own beliefs, and give someone a helping hand this holiday season. Happy Holidays!
- December 1: World AIDS Day.
- December 2: National Pollution Control/ Cyber Monday/ International Day Abolish Slavery
- December 3: World Day of Persons with Disabilities/Giving Tuesday
- December 4: National Cookie Day
- December 5: International Volunteer Day/World Soil Day
- December 7: International Civil Aviation Day/ Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
- December 9: Green Monday/ Anti-Corruption Day/International Day Commemoration Victims of Genocide
- December 10: Universal Human Rights Month/Human Rights Day
- December 11: International Mountain Day.
- December 12: International Day of Neutrality/Universal Health Coverage Day
- December 14: World Energy Conservation Day
- December 15: Bill of Rights Day
- December 17: Wright Brothers Day
- December 18: International Migrants Day
- December 20: International Human Solidarity Day
- December 21: Winter Solstice
- December 22: First Day of Hanukkah, National Mathematics Day.
- December 24: National Consumers Day.
- December 25: Christmas Day.
- December 26: Boxing Day, First Day of Kwanzaa
- December 30: Last Day of Hanukkah
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“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge
DECEMBER WISHES: Over the 10+ years I’ve been blogging, I have accumulated a treasure trove of posts on so many topics dear to my heart. For this December post, I decided to revisit each year of my blogging journey and share some of those December topics with you. I didn’t share every single post from the many December topics I’ve covered but, I hope the carefully curated selections here will pique your interest and get you thinking more about what December means to you. I love that Christmas and Hanukkah coincide in December and that many kids, like mine, with parents of dual faith, can enjoy celebrations of both faiths. My kids enjoy the lighting of the menorah and Christmas tree, the gelt and holiday presents they receive from both and the solicitous attention of family near and far during this season…
My letter to Santa is a yearly staple and I share it unapologetically because it speaks to so many thoughts and wishes we all hold dear. Plus, as Coolidge aptly says in the quote above, Christmas is a state of mind and we might as well develop the real spirit of the season. Enjoy it.
A Letter To Santa
Thank you for the blessings you showered on us this year. Thank you for the new friends and fresh opportunities. We are all grateful… My wish for the coming year is more goodwill, grace, and abundance in the world, and less misery, meanness, and scarcity!
Please don’t mix these two up like you did last year! 🙂
With love & gratitude to all,
छुट्टियों की शुभकामनाएं!
С Рождеством Христовым!
A Simple Request…
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“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Seuss
DECEMBER WISHES: Yes, December is a bewitching month and it arrives and flies by so quickly that it can take a big memory jug to remember all the things we love and cherish about it. I love it because both my Mom and younger brother have December birthdays and birthdays are very special in my book. They remind us to celebrate the gift of life and be grateful for all the good around us. So, Happy December Birthday to my beloved younger brother, to my beloved late Mom, and to all the December babies and celebrants out there!
On another note, I love poetry because it has always been a big part of my life. I wrote my own little poems from as early as I can remember during my childhood. Most of my poems were ghastly, a few treasures came through but, the process has always fascinated me. I continue to explore haiku and other forms of poetry in my leisure time and I have shared some, over the years, on this blog. Do you have a hidden creative side that you don’t share? Make an effort to share more in the coming year and let go of the need for perfection… the process is worth the effort. Press on and come back for more.
A Year of Nature Poems By Joseph Coelho
“December is a bewitching month.
The grey of cold teases
to explode into something worthwhile,
into a dream of cold,
a starlight shower you can taste,
a cold that does not chill.
I’ve lost my memory
of my first snow–
did I gasp at a field of white?
Or scream at the freeze
until my cheeks reddened?
The crunch underfoot is satisfying
and the thrill of virgin snow
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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for NOV–DEC 2019 are:
11/01 – 01 All Saints Day, 02 All Souls Day
11/03 – 03 Daylight Savings Day, 04 Election Day,
11/10 – 11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day, 16 International Tolerance Day
11/17 – 20 Universal Children’s Day
11/24 – 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 28 Thanksgiving Day
12/01 – 01 World AIDS Day, 03 Giving Tuesday, World Day of Persons with Disabilities, 05 International Volunteer Day, 07 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
12/08 – 09 International Day Commemoration Victims of Genocide, 10 Universal Human Rights Month/Human Rights Day, 12 Universal Health Coverage Day
12/15 – 15 Bill of Rights Day, 18 International Migrants Day, 20 International Human Solidarity Day, 21 Winter Solstice
12/22 – 22 First Day of Hanukkah, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Boxing Day, First Day of Kwanzaa
12/29 – 30 Last Day of Hanukkah, 31 New Year’s Eve
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“December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…” John Geddes
DECEMBER WISHES: One thing I know for sure is that times flies by and waits for no one. Whether we like it or not, the clock of life and the days of our lives tick-tock by. We can spend our lives bemoaning all the things we wish we coulda, shoulda done, or we can get on with living it by being present to what calls our attention in the here and now. It is easy to forget that as we daydream about future events or plans we would love to accomplish. Start with being present and add some joy to someone else’s life. My Pastor recently spoke about three important elements we need, inorder to have success in all areas of our personal and spiritual lives: we need Passion, Commitment, and Grace. Think about it … the self-made man/woman is an illusion. We need the help and support of others to reach our goals and that is where grace is imperative.
Holidays by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows;–
The happy days unclouded to their close;
The sudden joys that out of darkness start
As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
White as the gleam of a receding sail,
White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
White as the whitest lily on a stream,
These tender memories are;–a fairy tale
Of some enchanted land, we know not where,
But lovely as a landscape in a dream.
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“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” James M. Barrie
Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It’s a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play. Maya Angelou
December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come. Fennel Hudson
There’s something super special about December. Charmaine J. Forde
I’ve come to sing you a song called December. Ryan Murphy
Through the small tall bathroom window, the December yard is gray and scratchy, the tree calligraphic. Dave Eggers
DECEMBER WISHES: Recently, as some of you might know, I went to Nigeria for my Mother’s funeral. On my return, I shared some of my insights and experience with the admins/mods in the social media groups I manage. My wish for EVERYONE this holiday season is that you make time to spend with your loved ones; that you remember to be compassionate with yourself and with others; that you give back to those in need; and that you take the sage advice of Oren Arnold’s holiday gift suggestions: “To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”
I will share the same insights about my trip here: I am completely emotionally, mentally, and physically wiped out from my trip home for my mom’s funeral. It was great to spend quality time with my immediate family, to reconnect with extended family, long-time friends and all the thousands of well-wishers who showed up for the services and funeral. It was great to reconnect with my youngest brother (from another mom) whom I hadn’t seen for so many years, to visit my ancestral home, and to touch my dad’s gravestone again and walk around his mausoleum.
I had a magical, protected, and beautiful time with my family back home; it was 12 days of nonstop events and activities related to the funeral. We gave tributes, readings, had meetings, dealt with some behind the scene drama, had the highest level security and shared some sad moments with close friends and others in between the grace and blessings.
For the first time in my life, I got on the plane back to NY, strapped myself into my seatbelt, and passed out from exhaustion. I was out cold when the plane took off… I woke up when the flight attendants were serving dinner. I’ve traveled a lot in my lifetime and I have NEVER fallen asleep before takeoff but I did this time. Again, I was mentally, emotionally and physically drained.
I am still digesting my experience and I am grateful that after 34 years of surviving a stroke and the challenges that came with it, my determined and God-fearing mother was given a beautiful and loving homegoing. That said, I am still exhausted and slowly getting back on track. I went straight back to work when I returned. Getting back on the grind in NY is not always fun but, it is my reality for now. I will be up and running again soon (literally, and more on that announcement in the New Year), and I wish all you a fantastic holiday season. May you all be abundantly blessed. I remain grateful. To God, I give the glory.
WISHING YOU and YOUR LOVED ONES A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON AND A FANTASTIC NEW YEAR!
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Positive Motivation Tip: Make time to spend with your loved ones; be compassionate with yourself and with others; give back to those in need, and take the sage advice of Oren Arnold’s holiday gift suggestions.
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