Hi lovelies... Happy Thanksgiving to all of my wonderful American friends, family & readers! Can you believe Sunday is December 1st!? I am so not ready for Christmas, but it's coming anyway... And even though I have much shopping to do and no list made I am loving the season. The trees (yes, trees... 4 actually but not full sized! Don't judge, hah!) are up, Christmas music in the office and Christmas movies galore. There is something so cozy about it all that I can't resist!
One of the movies I watched this week was called "Trading Christmas" it was a house swap story, typical everyone falls in love in the end, heart-warming Christmas theme... But there was something that struck me about it. There were two people (soon to be couple) who had very different stories but both with the same result... One was a teacher, she loved to read about places to travel but never traveled... She and her, now deceased, husband always planned to travel during retirement but he never made it that far... And a man who traveled frequently to beautiful places for work but never took any time to experience the beauty of the place he was in... Blah, blah, blah... They both decided it was time to experience life and took a step forward. Great! Yay, good for them! Now, it may not be in travel but we all need to look at the areas in our lives we want to experience and then make a plan, take the necessary steps and EXPERIENCE THEM! Stop wasting time! Get to it!
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life!
Tiptoe if you have to but take the step! - Unknown
I know it can be a scary thing to let go of what is familiar and comfortable for you... Trust me, I know that better than most, but like a child if we never let go we will never find out if we can take a step. Don't allow hurt to restrain your dreams, hurt is meant to teach us, it's meant to create something new, something soft and kind within us. "I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born. Says The Lord." - Isaiah 66:9 (NIV). I saw a quote a while ago that I think can mean a few things but it can apply here "Never let your feelings get in the way of seeing things as they truly are." - Unknown. On the surface this quote is most likely speaking of not allowing your heart to cloud your head when it's time to let someone go but your heart may also cloud your mind and stop you from moving forward... Don't allow that to happen, don't let fear (which is just a feeling by the way) get in the way of you taking a step forward into a better future!
If you never go after what you want you'll never have it.
If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
If you never take a step you will always be in the same place. - Unknown.
So here is my proposal, since it will officially be the Holiday Season starting Sunday take December and relish it! Be with family and friends, be cozy and comfortable, love, relax, be thankful and thoughtful... And take some time for yourself, take time to think of the things in your life that have been great this year, think about your achievements, your happiness... Take time to think about the hurt you've overcome, the people who are no longer part of your life and the footprints they've left behind. Once you've pondered the year past, think about what you want to change this year, what you can do this year coming to make it better than the last, what you can do to make yourself a better person in the year to come... Think about the chances you didn't take in the past and take them this year. Yes, use Christmas as a comfort and find your joy but also use it as a spring board into a fabulous future!
- Margaret Shepard