I’m wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. Here we are nearing the end of 2020 and feeling the familiar spirit of love and giving, as we pause to celebrate life with all faiths and peoples around the world.
It’s been different and certainly painful for many, as I’ve watched and felt it through the days and months of 2020. It’s as if we’re struggling to break free and transform into something unlike anything we’ve ever known, like a caterpillar and butterfly. We haven’t quite accomplished it yet and we’re still in the breaking-free part. It’s hard to determine what any of this is about while still struggling in the cocoon of challenges. It feels like traveling along a foggy highway and cautiously moving along but can’t see what’s ahead of us.
There is a shift in the heavens and an alignment of the planets with the ushering in of this year’s Winter Solstice. As we watch Jupiter and Saturn rendezvous, while making another trip around the sun on Earth, the shift and alignment is going on in us, too.
Things no longer look the same nor work in the same way. No matter how bad we want it to go back to the way it was, it all seems so confusing and chaotic but I can’t help but believe there’s always hope. It’s part of the Christmas story handed down so many years ago.
I recently came across one of my old journals where I wrote thoughts about things that were going on in my life some years ago. I must have been reaching for hope and drawing on some inner peace and you may think that ‘all is well’ is last thing you can relate to at this time. But, it caught my attention, while I was reflecting on my girlfriend and her husband’s challenges, both going through cancer at the same time and in their ’80’s.
Here are my entries and I hope they help you reach for hope and draw on your own inner peace right where you’re at and whatever may be going on in your life at this very moment. There is something bigger at work this 2020, no matter what it looks like, and there’s always hope.
All is Well
The feeling when you breathe in that fresh, crisp air on a cool, fall evening and see the stars twinkling . . . all is well.
When your puppy licks your hand and you can feel it’s cold, wet nose on your leg . . . all is well.
When you’ve worked hard all day and come home to the ones you love and love you . . .all is well.
You all know those moments, those times, when all the challenges and struggles of life are worth it. And they’re more than we realize. Somehow, it’s like we’re trained to only give credence to those things that make life hard, as if we need to pass an initiation to an important club.
But, if we would only take time to look around at the precious moments in life that pass through and mean so much with very little effort. How it touches your heart. Oh, the laughter of a child, when he’s being tickled – so much to notice – so much love – just for us to enjoy . . . no charge.
Life shouldn’t be so hard. I think we make it hard so we feel like we’ve accomplished something. But, life just happens whether you’re making it hard or easy. It just happens. Sooo . . .
The taste of a cold, fresh glass of orange juice . . . all is well.
A phone call from an old friend you haven’t heard from for years . . . all is well.
You smell a sweet fragrance of perfume or food cooking and flash back to a childhood memory . . . all is well.
Your husband takes your hand in the movie . . . all is well.
Your baby took his first step . . .all is well.
See, there is so much around us to be thankful for, to feel good about. Maybe, if we concentrated more on the good that is happening, rather than the bad, then when we are faced with a real difficult challenge, we would handle it better and be able to move through it faster and be more open to learn from it.
But, somehow, it seems more appropriate to bring attention to our crisis so we have something more in common to talk about. It’s awkward and we’re looking for comfort – a safe place to land. But, did you notice there are not many people listening. They would much rather hear about something that feels good and distracts them from their own challenges.
Imagine with me, if you will, floating up in space and, as you do, panning out and looking back at that big, beautiful blue ball we call home – suspended there – slowly and silently moving on course. Tell me, in the bigger picture of things taking in all that, you can’t say, “All is well!?”
God bless you this Christmas holiday season. Remember you are never alone as you walk this path of your journey. That is hope . . . that is the spirit of Christmas.
Pat from the ‘ol kitchen table.
I’m with you, Pat. I prefer to focus on the good things around me. Even in this crazy period of global “misery”, there is good to be found. We have been forced (some of us) to slow down and appreciate what we have… giving us something to hold on to rather than be swept into the abyss of misery some people choose to drown in.
Love this Elvis song, too.
Thank you Dale and Merry Christmas. I’m glad you enjoyed the read and that, I’m hoping, you felt good. It’s what I was going for. Takes effort to notice the subtle shifts and gentle squeezes of love when things appear to be crashing down all around us. There is good – people helping other people and so many others willing to do the same if circumstances presented themselves.
Love and hugs with love and wishing you the best of happiness in the New Year.
It does take effort, doesn’t it? But that makes them all the better.
Love and hugs to you!
For sure, Dale. Does make it all the better. Thank you. Love and hugs back to you, my friend. Happy New Year! 💖
Happy New Year to you and yours! xoxo
Very good wishes to you for Christmas Pat and hoping that you have a happy, healthy and joyful 2021.
Thank you, Andrea, and the same warm wishes for you and your family. May this New Year be full of love and blessings.
So very nice
Thank you, Joanne. I’m glad you enjoyed the read. Have a Happy New Year! 💖
That was beautiful, Pat. I’ve been going through some major life changes right now (positive ones, actually), but I still get your posts in my email. They always make me smile! I was thinking as I read this one, if Pat is still writing…all is well! 🙂 Merry Christmas and happy 2021!
Thank you, Bethany. Think a lot of us are going through changes and happy to hear they’re positive ones for you. They are mostly for me too! Makes me feel good, after all this time without really communicating much with each other, here we are. I love it and means a lot you’re still with me and can make you smile.
Yes, all is well, whether we buy into it or not, and I do. Makes for a happier life. A belated Merry Christmas to you too and Happy 2021. Hope to talk more this coming year. Love and hugs, my friend, and thank you for stopping by.
2021 begins with hope, Pat. There is always something to be thankful for whatever we’re going through in our personal lives. God bless you. Dianax
Thank you, Diana. I couldn’t agree more. . .always something to be thankful for, my friend. Appreciate the read and for stopping by. Happy New Year and God Bless. 💖