Season’s Greetings

Greetings to all!  Thank you for stopping by. I send you positive energy no matter where you are in this journey called life. I know this time of year can be difficult for some. I have to admit I have to remind myself of that. I’m the girl that loves to decorate, bake , sing Christmas carols and spread holiday cheer. I know it may sound cheesy to some but I love it. I feel like the Christmas season gives me more of an opportunity to spread light. On that note in the spirit of giving I dedicated time to being a bell ringer this season and I loved it. You know the people who stand outside of the stores and ring the bell for donations towards shelters and such. I found it quite rewarding. Each year as the year winds down I like to reflect on what’s taken place. This year has been one of challenges , lots of learning and many firsts. I try to make it a point to create firsts. This season was my first time being a bell ringer. I’m always looking for ways to give and this was perfect for me. I say all this to say one thing I’ve learned this year is the  value in giving and being of service to others.

I learned a lot during my time as a bell ringer. It reaffirmed that the best things are free, such as a smile, laughter, or listening to someone’s story.  I also learned most people want to be seen in the sense of you matter , you exist. It also brought home that the things that connect us are truly greater than that which divides us. I hope no matter what’s going on in your life, you’ll take time to give someone a smile and reflect on what’s in your life that money can’t buy.

 

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And so it seems. . .

I think it was Maya Angelou who said “Most people don’t grow up, they age.” Lately I’ve been doing a lot of  soul searching. In light of this process it’s caused me to really observe those around me, not that I don’t do that anyway. (tehehe) I’m realizing more and more that many people don’t mature they just age. I’m also realizing it seems that many people don’t want to mature and even avoid the process in various ways. I observe so many people going through the motions of doing “adult” things such as marriage, kids, buying a house,  paying bills etc. However none of these things are synonymous with maturity. Sure, it’s responsible to take care of your responsibilities, but in the sense of one acting mature not so much. Acting mature can be subjective, but hopefully you get my point. Pain and unresolved issues could be to attribute for so many adults that age but not mature. It amazes me how many adults seem like adolescents trapped in adult bodies. I’m sure for many of you this isn’t a newsflash. It’s something I began to observe about six years ago, but it’s hit me more so as  I reflect on those around me. There really is a distinct difference between aging and maturing. Well here’s to life and figuring it out as we go along.