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