Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

It’s me, Holly. I haven’t written you in a long, long time. First and foremost I want to express my gratitude this year for all the years of my childhood that you filled with happiness and magic. It’s been a really tough year and I have come to the conclusion that it would be a good idea if I wrote to you again. In the past when I was a child I would send you wish lists for toys I wanted and you always seemed to come through for me. There was always a stocking full of candy and wonderful gifts under the tree. Christmas was always made magical by you, and for that I am grateful.

This year is different, I am older and a bit wiser, and my wish list has changed. Instead of asking for toys like I did in the past, this year I am asking for your help in helping me bring back some magic to our house this year as I am really struggling on how to make that happen. I know you know what happened to our family this year, but what I want to ask of you is to send me some early Christmas presents. I need some magic sent my way so I can set out a tree and hang some lights and a wreath on our front door. I need some smiles and a glad heart as I walk around the department stores thinking of gifts to buy. Please help me infuse love into the Christmas dinner I cook and the cookies I bake as I seem to have lost the enthusiasm for that tradition. Can you send me some extra time and some strength to write out some Christmas cards as well? And maybe with this early Christmas present request I can turn things around.   I have someone counting on me to make this year special, and that is first and foremost in my mind and heart. What I need is the same thing that you need to get your sleigh off the ground~ magic.

If you can come through for me this year, I will take that enthused Christmas cheer and do all I can for those around me to spread your love, your magic, your cheer, and your generosity as far and wide as I can. That can be my gift back to you.

With Utmost Gratitude and Warm Cinnamon-Laced Love,

Holly

Being happy is all about what you focus on…

IMG_1122Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.  This picture represents so much to me.  Renewal, hope, transformation, spirit, tenacity, experience, will, focus and intent, forgiveness, purple- highest heavenly colour, and adversity and acceptance.  It is all beautiful and it is all true.  Life captured in nature.  Cycles of hardship and happiness.  Endurance as well as frailty.  It is the here and now, living in today and not focusing on the past or the future, but giving rise to possibilities.  Lastly, it is God’s grace upon us showing us that life continues and from that- gratitude back with an open heart.

Turning Life’s Obstacles Around

Taken from the “Adversity” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently

“Many of the most iconic novels, songs and inventions of all time were inspired by gut-wrenching pain and heartbreak. Therefore, the silver lining of these great challenges is that they were the catalyst to the creation of epic masterpieces.

An emerging field of psychology called Post-Traumatic Growth has suggested that many people are able to use their hardships and traumas for substantial creative and intellectual development.  Specifically, researchers have found that trauma can help people grow in areas of interpersonal relationships, contentment, gratitude, personal strength, and resourcefulness..

When our view of the world as a safe place, or as a certain type of place, has been shattered, we are forced to reboot our perspective on things.  We suddenly have the opportunity to look out to the periphery and see things with a new, fresh set of beginner’s eyes, which is very conducive to personal growth and long-term success.”

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