The holidays are the time when we look to not only celebrate with friends and loved ones but also to reminisce at the scOre that we have just lived through the past year.
So I invite you to take this precious period of rest and reflection and allow your mind to slow down and get tranquil.
Can you recall any specific moments these past twelve months when an idea, memory or thought “rang a bell”?
Any “aha moments” when you caught an insight, a lesson or perhaps, were even struck by an epiphany?
Those are the times when the “bells go off” in your mind and heart and if you’re in tune, the desire to capture these precious moments that truly touched you are worth recording, writing down, and journaling. After all, the holidays, aka “holy” days, are here and it is time to recall and embrace those seemingly “little” things that matter in a BIG way! Why? Because these are the events, people and memories that make you and the quality of your life “whole”.
One of my favorite moments when the “bell” in my mind rang this past year would include the gift of health renewal from my amazing daughter, Jasmine. Back in February she said: “Dad, time to get you really swimming on a regular basis”. She then went on to re-teach me the proper way to swim, breathe and kick and now, thanks to her, I swim four to five times a week! This has truly transformed my exercise regiment for the better….and she never stops pushing me to swim farther and faster….This has been a game changer for me and is just one of many “bells” that rang true that I am grateful for this past year.
The great Charles Dickens, creator of the classic “A Christmas Carol” , also heard is own “Call of the Bells” when he wrote this scOre regarding Christmas:
“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were
fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys … Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man
the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveler, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!”
With this my dear friends, readers and kids from one to ninety two, my family sends you and your family, wishes of joy, abundance and blessings – MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year !