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How You Affect People With Love.
As humanity prepares to celebrate "Noel;" "Hanukah;" "Kwanzaa;" "Christmas," and next week the 1st day of 2013; and a little bit later the "Chinese New year;" I am sitting writing these words to you and reflecting about the meaning of the holidays. I have kept with me images of different holiday celebration scenes filled with love; floating before my eyes. I can hear the voices; I can see the smiles. I remember the smell of my mother's baking; the cooking; the carefully displayed dish on the table and how our dad would offer us Moet & Chandon, champagne even though we were just kids. He wanted to ensure we were all together in the spirit of joy and celebration.
I remember waking up at night and looking at the Christmas tree and see that gifts had somehow appeared since the last time I checked. I had a big smile on my face; I could go back to sleep now. I knew I would wake up and my parents would have done a great job telling Santa, exactly what my siblings and I wanted. In the morning after running to the tree I would sit and unwrap the gifts and see my dream coming to life. These are precious memories and I keep them with me whenever the holidays arrive and I feel that I would love to have more.
I am thankful for the memories because at least I had the opportunity to know what it feels like to be a child growing up in a rich environment surrounded by my parents love. I was allowed by them to live in my own fantasy world. I was led to believe in Santa Claus and his army of accomplices around the world who only had for mission to make the kids happy. Nowadays I enjoy the same rituals whenever It feels right. However, I have learn with time that the meaning of the holiday is not about the gifts themselves but about the memories attached to the gifts. The love that came with it.
I remember the smiles and people faces more than the actual gifts. That's funny because I always thought the gifts were really what I wanted. with time I know for sure that all along in these gifts I was frantically opening; I was looking for happiness. I cried a lot when my sisters broke the NEWS to me that Santa was a fairy tale; a fraud of sort and I was furious that my parents had play for so long with my emotions. I was clueless, In reality this is the role of your elders to show you the way. They have to make sure you are stepping up and growing up even if it's a pain to get out of a comfort zone.
Then you can start looking outside yourself and forget about what you have or don't have and see how you can impact other people lives. How you can be of service. How you can offer your talent and add some meaning to this life by just involving your action even if just a little toward others. The satisfaction you get to know that you have more than you can imagine is a feeling that will bring you more always. It is being thankful and grateful knowing that everyone can go trough challenges. This is recognizing during everyday of the year and specifically during the holidays the gift of peace; the gift of health; the gift of family and friends around you; the gift of your parents; children; grand children surrounding you. In this, you will harness the best gift anyone can get or receive.
Shopping is often associated with Christmas and I understand how even religion' archetypes can be diluted over time. A gift is a material expression of love or sometimes It is just easier to give a gift than say I love you. I suggest if you can this holiday season you do both and if you can't afford all the gifts that your children; girlfriend; husband; partner ask "Santa" for; that you look at your loved ones in the eyes and tell them that you love them. They want that love more than you know.
I wish you and yours an happy holiday season. I will be back with my prediction for 2013 and the best of 2012 and we will pounder together how some of my 2012 predictions held to be true or were totally off. :)
I love you.
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What are you getting me for the holidays? What will I get? Sound too familar and we are all guilty of expecting from our partners; friends and family members to get us gifts; after all we will do the same right? Spending, spending, spending, all in the name of making you and me happy. Let's take the time to instead think, think,think about our actions and acknowledge the world around us.
No gift giving or buying can give us a clear idea of who we are and how we really feel. It is trough thinking that one will realize the true meaning of gift thus why we have holiday to begin with. Figure out what this truth is to you; that truth is worth thinking about. Happy holiday to all, Feliz la vida, Bonne Fetes...
My prayers go to everyone who has someone dear to them on the front line in a remote country or even here in the State working when most of us will be enjoying a night dining and drinking. My prayers go to my sister Elyane, who is a UN Blue Helmet, based in Abidjan Cote D'ivoire, where a democraticaly elected new President Alasane Ouattara, could not get to work because the incumbant President Laurent Gbagbo decided he did not want to leave (sic!) He alegedly hired mercenaries and armies fiends to shoot at population and at UN peacemakers as my sister told me and as reported on Abidjan.net. This is sad that in many places in the world, democracy is used only as a footnote as well as human rights. 173 Have already perished 200, feared dead as of Dec 24th. As I am finishing this post the CEDEAO just threatened to bring to justice the responsible of these massacre and tu use force to if necessary kick Gbagbo out of the Palace.