Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.
– Erich Fromm
Here we are, mere days from Christmas. Our 2012 season of joy and hope has certainly been wrought with sadness, suffering and uncertainty. As we all prepare to “hunker down” and spend time with family and friends, it is my wish that we find solace and rest in these few thoughts:
Joy happens in the most ordinary moments.
There is a great line in a Sheryl Crow song titled Diamond Road: “So don’t miss the diamonds along the way…Every road has led us here today.”
Cherish all the ordinary moments; these are your diamonds. Any one moment – smelling “spruce” as you pass by your Christmas tree, watching the excitement on a child’s face, seeing the beauty of lighted houses as you drive home from work – is an opportunity to choose joy and peace. My Christmas wish for you and for me is that we will slow down enough to experience the joy in life’s ordinary moments.
What you appreciate appreciates.
Begin each morning by placing your awareness on that which you appreciate. What are you grateful for today? Even on the darkest days, surely we can find even one thing to appreciate. By placing our focus or awareness on that one thing, even in the midst of the ten things that may have us feeling anxious, fearful, or sad, we give ourselves a gift. That gift is validation, compassion, and peace-of-mind.
The greatest gift of all is free and abundant. LOVE. Let love and compassion lead the way in all your interactions and relationships. Including your relationship with yourself. Self-love & self-compassion are truly the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves and to those who count on us (i.e.: spouses, childrens, parents, employees, etc).
The lines below are from my Manifesto. You can read my entire manifesto here.
Be humble. Be appreciative. Be grateful.
Open your heart. Risk loving.
Expect miracles. They are everywhere.
Start with compassion.
Wishing you and yours love, light, & JOY!
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