Magic of Christmas

Sweeden Christmas tree “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful” by Norman Vincent Peale

Let’s pray that feeling last all of this coming year, all over the world.

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A Christmas Wish

calvin coolidge “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

White house tree

A Christmas Wish: That we would all have Christmas as a state of mind, cherishing peace and extending goodwill to all with mercy. May this season we all have the spirit of Christmas.

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America and Georgia O’Keeffe

210px-Georgia_O'Keeffe1Georgia O’Keeffe said, “One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.” O’Keeffe has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism in painting. In 1977, President Gerald R. Ford presented O’Keeffe with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded to American citizens. In 1985, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Perhaps it was her era that made her feel that way about America. But 1887 to 1986 still had its set of problems. So I have come to the conclusion that she did love, feel, like America. Her paintings prove she worked. 220px-O'keeffe_-_'Pineapple_Bud',_1939,_

American FlagTo recognize we live in such a wonderful country where we can pursue work based on our talent is indeed a gift from God.

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St Nicholas

220px-Icon_c_1500_St_Nicholas Saint Nicholas was called Nikolaos of Myra, a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, part of modern-day Turkey) in Lycia. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas.

The historical Saint Nicholas is commemorated and revered among Anglican,[7] Catholic, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. In addition, some Baptist,[8] Methodist,[9] Presbyterian,[10] and Reformed churches have been named in honor of Saint Nicholas.[11] Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe. He was also a patron of the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors, who protected his relics in Bari.
From Wikepedia

December 6th-feast day of St. Nicholas. Secret gift-giving. Do you ever give in secret-gifts? Most of us give something to charities throughout the year. Perhaps writing a check out to an organization or maybe just dropping money in a bowl as we go into Walmart or the grocery stores.

The most joy for me is in giving. How about you? How do you feel about giving? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone who could, would?

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How Did It Get This Late?

The cat in the hat Dr. Seuss wrote, “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
(Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children’s books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss.)

I am wondering the same thing-how did it get so late in the year. It is hard to believe it is December 2nd. This year as flown by. In just twenty-nine more days 2013 will be over. Which means I have only this many days to finish what needs to be finished this year.

Try as I may, the month and year may end before I get everything done. If that is the case, I will have a list of things to begin the new year, 2014 with. Aren’t we always told to make a list?

How about you? Are you almost finished with everything you meant to get done? Have you accomplished everything you meant to accomplish?

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220px-John_F__Kennedy%2C_White_House_color_photo_portraitJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Today, being the day before Thanksgiving, I hope to sit down and make a list of all I am grateful for. Obviously my family and friends will be on that list, they make my life sweet. But as I think about thankfulness, it is not just the good times I should be thankful for, but also for the hard times. I figure these are the times in life that shape my character to be the person who will step out and help others who are going through hard times and to assure them, they will come through…better and stronger.

So to me, that is living my best.

I wish for all of you a very special day tomorrow. One filled with love and thankfulness surrounded by family and friends. Safe holiday to all.

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Wishing of Peace

220px-Joseph_Auslander_wth_pipe Joseph Auslander, wrote “Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.” He
was an American poet, anthologist, translator of poems, and novelist. Auslander was appointed the first Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1937 and 1941.

He comprehended how important it is for all people to have peace in their hearts. Man thinks about peace in the world, maybe no more wars…but seldom things about having peace in their hearts.

Peace starts within and works its way out.

So I wish for you to have “Peace in your hearts, and as Josep

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How Do We Have More?

Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Those are just about the truest words I’ve ever heard spoken. Too many times we focus on what we don’t have. Know what that does for you? It puts you into terrible ditches. Mentally you can become so unhappy you go down into that pit of depression and wind up in a hole that is hard to get out of. Physically you cause your body to secrete dangerous chemicals into your body and mind. Financially, you have built a brick wall that success can’t get over to get to you and you can’t get over to the successful side. In other words, you have built a prison for yourself.

If we want to have a prosperous life in every way, then we need to practice everyday being thankful for what we have.

There is a scripture that says, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24) I’ve put into practice saying this every morning when I get up. It puts me in a thankful place immediately. Besides, I always feel better when I am thankful. I hope this Thanksgiving season, you are able to be thankful too.

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What Did You Give UP?

220px-Kristin_Armstrong%2C_London_2012_Time_Trial_-_Aug_2012 Kristen Armstrong said, “Every year, I appreciate life more because of the deeper understanding of what it took to get this far.”

She is a professional road bicycle racer and two-time Olympic gold medalist, the winner of the women’s individual time trial in 2008 and 2012 as well as other wins. Prior to a professional cycling career, she was a swimmer, distance runner and a triathlete.

Diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both hips she was told she could no longer run at that level. This ended her triathlon career.

Instead of giving up and being defeated she turned her focus and efforts to cycling.

So many of us are told due to reasons beyond our control we can no longer do things we once did and enjoyed. Sometimes, it involves our careers. What is important to note about Kristin is she didn’t throw in the towel on life. She just made a few adjustments and continued going forward in her life. This takes great amounts of courage. The thing is, we may have to give up something, but if we look around we will find another direction to go in…another goal to achieve…another focus.

The secrete is not to allow ourselves to throw pity parties and wallow in defeat. As my dad use to say, “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and go on.”

What about you, had to give up something? Did you find something else to focus on and achieve?

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Two Secrets to Surviving Problems

220px-Jim_Lovell_at_LC-39James A Lovell,(Captain, USN, Ret.) said, “Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.”
Who was James A Lovell. A former NASA Astronaut. December 4, 1965, he and Frank Borman and William A. Anders, became the first humans to leave the Earth’s gravitational influence. They were launched into space on the history-making Gemini 7 mission. The flight lasted 330 hours and 35 minutes and included the first rendezvous of two manned maneuverable spacecraft.

As you can imagine, James A Lovell experienced problems. He completed his fourth mission as Spacecraft Commander of the Apollo 13 flight, April 11-17, 1970, and became the first man to journey twice to the moon. Apollo 13 was programmed for ten days. However, the original flight plan was modified en route to the moon due to a failure of the Service Module cryogenic oxygen system. Lovell and fellow crewmen, John L. Swigert, working closely with Houston ground controllers, converted their lunar module “Aquarius” into an effective lifeboat. Their emergency activation and operation of lunar module systems conserved both electrical power and water in sufficient supply to assure their safety and survival while in space and for the return to earth.

We can be thankful our problems are here on earth, and we’re not out in space having problems. Everyone has problems at some point in time while on this earth.
There are two secrets to surviving them. One, know they will eventually end and you will come through. Two, know there is someone who has a worse problem than you.

It would behoove us however, to strive not to cause the problems ourselves.

What about you, are you dealing with problems today?

Did you know that some people find gems of opportunities in their problems when they face them?

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