Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Today’s Gift #essentialsofrecovery

What is Christmas?  It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

–Agnes M. Pahro

“A fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings.”  I couldn’t think of a better way to express what I see as the spirit behind Christmas.  To me, it always has been and always shall be about wishing good for others, about doing what we can to make their lives a bit more joyful, if only for a day or two or three.  And while we do tend to focus on the material aspects of giving, even the material gifts come with the message:  “I’ve thought of you, and I wanted to do something for you.”

It’s easy to get turned off by our commercial focus.  It’s easy for us to get caught up in the religious aspects of the holiday and neglect those who don’t share the belief that Jesus was more than just a man.  It’s easy to get so focused on what we want as gifts that we neglect to give much thought to what we give.  But as we spend this day here on this planet today, it’s a good time to concentrate on the wishes of prosperity and happiness and peace that we have for others.

I do wish you peace.  And I wish you a rich, full life with many, many blessings.  And I wish you the ability and the willingness to see those blessings, recognize them, and appreciate them, for only when we’re aware of them are blessings truly blessings.

This Christmas, let us be aware of the thoughts and hopes that we have for others of wonderful, plentiful blessings.  And while we can’t provide all those blessings ourselves–no matter how much we may want to–the positive thoughts that we have for others are blessings in themselves. 
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