December 21st is the first day of winter and also the shortest day of the year. It gets darker sooner as we start the winter months.
Take a moment to light some candles and make the evening warm and inviting.
Get comfy on the couch
as you enjoy the quiet time before the rush of Christmas sets in.
Enjoy a good book with a cup of your favorite coffee, hot cocoa, or tea.
This quiet time can be exactly what you need tonight to recharge your batteries before the Christmas festivities start.
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Today take a moment to reach out to others. Christmas although a wonderful time of the year for most, is a very lonely time for others. Some people may have lost their spouse, gone through a divorce, break up, estranged family members, personal or family battling an illness, or just lonely because they do not have anyone in their life that is close. These can all be hard times for people during a time that should be a joyous occasion. Although everyone is busy this time of year, make it an effort to call and speak to someone that you have not called in a while. Call someone that can use a cheerful voice and let them know that you are thinking about them.
Take a moment to take a friend out for coffee or tea.
Another way to make someone’s day is to take a moment and join a community activity like a tree lighting ceremony,
Christmas community play, or working volunteer hours at a place that is close to your heart. The important thing is to reach out to others, everyone needs someone.
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Did you ever think about that dress you wanted to get but you just could not swing it this week or the house upgrades that you want to do, but short of charging your credit card till it maxed out, you were not able to afford it? Those are the wants that in life we desire and make us say we are just not blessed despite helping others. The reality of that statement is so untrue.
Daily we are blessed with just waking up, breathing air and opening our eyes. There are days that we wake up feeling like we have not accomplished much of anything, but when we step back and look at what we have done and what we have around us, no matter how small it is, we realize, yes, we are blessed. We may not feel that the blessing is exactly what we want in life (for some the big house, vacations, fancy cars, etc) but at the end of the day, looking at others around us in our own city, we are. Think of the many that long to have a home and they can’t because they lost their job and they are just barely getting by. Think of the parent that wants to have a baby, but infertility is in the way or if they do have a baby, the baby for some reason is born premature changing their lives forever.
Today, take a moment to reflect on your many blessings and share them with those around you. A cup of tea or coffee goes a long way.
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