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Joy | To you & yours

This Holiday Season, these are my wishes for you, today and the whole year through:

Love that overflows the brim of your cup, a sharing of Goodwill with family, friends, and your community, and abounding Peace to fill your heart and home.

And last but not least, I wish you Joy ~ that your soul may feel free to express the Infinite Light within you.

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This amazing art courtesy of Stefan Keller, KELLEPICS, Pixabay.

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Gift | Goodwill merriment, precious time spent together, moments to cherish. | HartHaiku.com

Gift | Of your time

Right at this moment, there are thousands of people hitting the stores to find that perfect gift for their friends and loved ones. And over the coming days, it will reach a crushing crescendo.

For people who already have money concerns (and there are a burgeoning number of those, except in the very upper echelons of society), this can create a lot of stress. The pressure of meeting holiday expectations that hinge on dollars spent is tremendous.

Our time is like gold

Perhaps we’re doing it wrong. The commodity that cannot be purchased or replaced with money is our time. This precious moment, that will never come ’round again, is like gold.

But we don’t really stop to think about that, at least not very often. Life is busy. We think we are managing our time efficiently, jotting off quick messages on our phones in a nanosecond, racking up our “likes” on social media. But how much true quality attention do we put into our relationships, day-to-day?

The gift of our time and attention

Perhaps our time is the most precious gift we can give this holiday season. And by that I mean, real, quality, undistracted time, being fully present with our family and friends, really seeing them and hearing them.

(I realize of course that many people have family “across the miles”, and it may not be possible to connect in shared personal space. In that case, technology is a valuable lifeline to call and say hello, I love you. And even in that case, there is a world of difference between a text message and hearing someone’s voice.)

Embrace the opportunity of now

When it’s all said and done, mostly we won’t remember the nifty material gifts we gave or received over the years. But, we will remember the faces of people we love, special moments we spent with them, and how that made us feel.

And come the day when they aren’t with us anymore, we’ll wish we had more time with them. Just one more moment to give a hug, just one more chance to say “I love you, you are important to me”.

What better time is there to do that, than this holiday season?

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Inspirational Quote:

…”Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.”

~ Bob Moorehead, Words Aptly Spoken

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Gift | Of  your time © Susan L Hart 2019

Wonderland | Crystal masquerade, Snow White blemish concealer, winter's perfection. | HartHaiku.com

Wonderland | Winter dream

“Walking in a winter wonderland…” Every year at Christmas time, this classic song has a way of making Northern Hemisphere dwellers slip into nostalgic myopia. After all, what could be more romantic than a fresh snowfall for the big holiday?

Being a hopeless romantic myself, when I began traveling I would still pine for snow during the holiday season. Hmm. The classic White Christmas. I miss it. Even in places that never have snow, a white Christmas seems to be the eternal dreamy ideal.  I’ve seen fake snow sprayed on many a shop window around the equator. Yep, it’s the big dream.

The reality? I loved snow during my childhood winters. Skating, tobogganing, building ice forts, snow ball fights – winter was my fave season. It was fun. As an adult, not so much!

Adults are the ones who shovel snow and scrape ice and commute bad roads to and from work, day after day after grueling miserable freezing day. Winter can surely be a grind. That’s why I feel deep empathy right now for my friends Up North. Much to their chagrin, winter is setting in early (again) this year.

Oh yes, I will grant you there were days when a fresh powdery snow would cover the tree branches so magically, it would take my breath away. And all that horrible shoveling and winter driving would almost all seem worth it.

Almost. 😉

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Tears | Rain drops from heaven, for the hearts of her children, Pachamama cries. | HartHaiku.com

Tears | Pachamama cries

Around the world, there are many names given to Mother Nature by the indigenous peoples. High in the Andes mountains, her name is Pachamama. She is the provider for the people, her children.

In all indigenous cultures, respect for Earth and all that she provides is a fundamental principle. And, the belief that we should care and provide for her as much as she does for us. The essential word for this is “reciprocity”, that is, mutual benefit.

The problem in modern societies is that we have lost that fundamental concept of reciprocity. We became a “me society”, self-centered and competitive. Life became about appearing to be the most successful, to accumulate the best things in order to feed our egos, and the corporations supported and encouraged it.

We cannot lay blame. We have free will, and we are responsible too. So I ask you, what are we going to do about this? We must first ask ourselves, what is it that we really value in life?

For example, this morning I read about Sweden’s progressive advancements with recycling. Their system is not perfect; technological advancements take time and money. However, they cite the collective mindset of the Swedes as playing a big part in their successes. The people are on board.

Yes, our mindsets, attitudes, intentions and actions DO make a difference!

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Tears | Pachamama cries © Susan L Hart 2019