Saturday, December 18, 2010

With the close of the calendar year, we celebrate as many of our ancient ancestors did. For the northern hemisphere, after the winter solstice, the days will grow longer, albeit colder; and a sense of profound wonder appears as snow and ice quiet our surroundings. Some people dread this time of year because despair and unfulfilled dreams surround them at every turn.

Feelings of loneliness and abandonment can overwhelm those whom cannot see the bounty and beauty life has to offer. Our expectations will either reward our experiences or disappoint. It is all a matter of perspective.

All of the major world religions celebrate life during this time of year. Those espousing a self-existence may participate in these celebrations or the humbug side by placing value on people or things. I choose and have chosen the path of belief; therefore, I value the gift of people above all things. When we celebrate, give praise and thanksgiving, we open ourselves to the possibilities. It is an optimist approach to the gift of life.

As the world enters into celebratory festivities, many harsh realities still materialize. Anger, violence, war, terror, and graft always grab the headlines. Follow-up stories show the lack of resources (food, clothing, shelter, heat, water, etc). Since you are reading this prose, many of your basic physical needs are met and you are probably not in a war-torn region. To those who are, you have my profound desire that you and your family escape to a better place. For the remainder, our psychological needs then become paramount.

Our relationship with ourselves dictates how we view others in our life. Finding others who champion our values, we befriend and include them in our thoughts and activities. When we hold fast to our values, we are a peace. Peace is not free, nor is peace bestowed. Peace is an action of choice and a gift to others. The gift requires the receiver to act.

When we needlessly worry about things, we create anxiety. Worrying without seeing alternative possibilities will drive us to emotional despair. In this state, we cannot find peace. This state is a downward spiral and is often unrecognizable by those experiencing it. If you see or know somebody in this state, do try to create value in his or her life, even if for a moment. Your act of humanity might be the difference between a life well spent versus a spent life.

As a Spark-Person, I chose, and am choosing, to commit to a life worth living by creating the psychological and physical wherefore all I deserve. I find solace in my daily actions when viewed over a period. Moreover, I am peace. I offer my peace to you as a gift. This gift, should you choose to receive it, comes with a price. That price is finding value in yourself, and eventually others.

So during this holiday season, take stock of where you are in your journey. Correct your course if necessary and celebrate life as the true gift of the season.

Be at Peace
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    This is a wonderful, thoughtful blog...Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3358 days ago
    May we all choose peace and make this a better world. I congratulate the SparkPeople teams for keeping their goals and challenges in such positive light. You help us encourage others. May you experience a peace beyond our understanding during this season of joy and love. Merry Christmas! -- Evelyn
    3392 days ago
  • MIPPY265
    Vince, Thank you for writing this blog. This time of the year we all need reminders of the Season. Your right everything comes with a "price" we need to be willing to accept the cost.

    May you and your family have a Blessed Holiday season!!
    3394 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    I stand by you in the desire for world peace...We must begin with ourselves which has been my year long goal. If I am peace, than I have the ability to spark others towards peace simply by setting an example of peaceful behavior. You, my friend, are on the same path. Together, we CAN find peace, give peace, experience peace...BE peace!

    3394 days ago
    How thoughtful. Thanks you for posting this. It definitely made me stop and think.
    3394 days ago
    Vince, peace be with you and all the best to you and yours this holiday season.

    3394 days ago
  • SPMOM2
    Great blog, wonderful reminders. thanks for sharing. enjoy your holiday.
    3394 days ago
    Peace be with you, too! Amen
    3394 days ago
  • NINNY165
    emoticon for a great reminder of what the season it truly about,, I chose inner peace & love. emoticon
    3394 days ago
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    Sweetie, I love my solitude now and find more time for the inner peace that i need
    3395 days ago
    As I get older, I find that Peace is one of, if not THE, most important thing that I aim for. It's so easy to allow ourselves to get distracted by other stuff, as you say, and we must choose what we place our focus on.

    Thanks for sharing:-)

    Merry Christmas!

    And go, Teddy Bears:-)
    3395 days ago
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    3395 days ago
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