Two years ago, our Christmas tree abruptly feel down, not once but twice, scattering and smashing ornaments which were treasured by our family. Sadly, we had to throw away remnants of what we once held as tokens of memories from our past. It wasn’t easy as when things like this happen, it is hard to go on. I’m not just referring to broken ornaments on a Christmas tree which may or may not be possible to replace. I’m also talking a metaphor for life and the holidays. Because even traditional best laid plans can go awry.
We are given choices to mourn and stay in a sad place or to rise up, light up our heart lights and take baby steps toward the future. It is not easy to step our of our comfort zones or to remove the victim mentality of this happened to us. But it is empowering when we do take the baby steps needed to nourish our hearts and be with what is now. It’s finding The Presents of Presence in every moment, right now and not waiting until tomorrow or later. It’s filling our hearts with gratitude for the little gifts that life offers at each and every turn. It’s in grieving and then allowing peace to return to our hearts in whatever new form our lives are taking. It’s in looking beyond ourselves spherically in order to receive the blessings that are ours by Divine Right. It is what we need to do to heal.
For as with my Christmas tree fiasco, the heart remains. No matter what happens, your heart remains and it is your job to treasure it, to nourish it and to embrace your heart and the hearts of others. Soul to soul we connect as we go through life. Sometimes it is hard to connect, but it is always possible. It takes effort. It takes time. It takes a willingness to see what others may not see and to come from your highest power to not judge but to simply accept and find the good in life. To reach beyond ego and to embrace love in all forms.
May you find loving peace this holiday season. Your heart may feel broken but it is still here. Fill your heart with love and reach out with a loving soul. Put aside the broken memories and make new ones. Find gratitude for The Presents of Presence and being one with your life force. Take baby steps forward on your journey. Reach out, my hand is here for you. I understand. Remember as Ram Dass once said, “We’re all just walking each other home.”
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♥♥♥♥ Trini ♥♥♥♥
Your light is such a blessing. Love to you Yvonne ♥
Love to you Rhonda ~ I can see you shining from here too! ♥
Agree that spirit remains. Thinking of you this Christmas and wishing you a Good Christmas! HUGS ♥ ♥ ♥
Hugs to you too Kathy! ♥♥♥
I love you ❤
I love you too Val! ♥
These are wise words you have written. I am reading a Joyce Meyer book now that has been very helpful to me about grief. In it she says to keep in mind that grieving is normal and necessary, but living with a spirit of grief is not. I admit after losing a very close friend to a tragic car accident a year and a half ago and then soon after having to euthanize my beloved geriatric cat, that I have been living in that spirit of grief. I was “stuck” and couldn’t find my way out. I knew it wasn’t healthy for me. But I couldn’t seem to get out of it, hard as I tried. I ended up going to a professional counselor who helped me a great deal in just a few visits. I finally feel that I have moved on…. I will always miss them and there will be times like the holidays that are a little harder, but I finally feel I’m moving on. Like you said, it’s not easy, but it is empowering.
Oh Gail, I am sorry for your losses as I understand. Please know I am sending you big hugs. ♥ You are so right though, it is empowering to move on in baby steps, still remembering your loved ones. The heart remains…xo
Beautiful post Yvonne…
Thank you David. 🙂
Very beautiful, Yvonne! You have such wonderful thoughts that you so generously share. I am sending the link to my daughter– their tree was brought down over the weekend by one of their hyperactive cats! Merry Christmas to all and a wonderful 2015 to you!
Hi Jeanne! So happy to see you here! It wasn’t our kitty that tipped over the tree, it was just fate I guess. We just got a new kitten last week! She looks much like our Chessie. You and I go way back with our kitty love. ♥ Merry Catmas to you! Giggle Giggle
Amen to it all hon, and I know you live it every day!
Thank you ~ as do you! ♥
What a great post, Yvonne! And your last line topped like the icing on a cake, the sweetest and very best part. Your light shines so brightly. I wish you and yours a very blessed Christmas and a marvelous new year full of new joys and new adventures! Love and hugs, N ❤
Natalie, I love your Christmas wish for me. From your lips to God’s ears…my Christmas wish to you as well…big hugs and much gratitude for all of your loving support. xo
Thank you Yvonne for this beautiful and hopeful post – Your words always show us your true loving heart. Christmas and New Years Blessings to you and your family. ❤
Merry Christmas to you dear Patty and may 2015 bless you the whole year through. xoxo
Much love to you — Merry Christmas,
Much love to you sweet Laurie ~ hope you had the Merriest Christmas! xoxoxo
Thank you. ❤
Very inspiring! You have blessed so many hearts in 2014. Shine on in 2015! ❤️
And SHINE ON to you dear one – I love to share your posts on my FB page ~ you inspire all of us to think, to be and to change! ♥