Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS guys!!!

Yes I know. It’s late. But whatever, better late than never.

I love this time of the year. No. Not because of the gifts and such, but because at this time of the year, everyone is so festive, friendly, warm and loving towards each other. But Christmas is more than that though. It’s the one time of the year when people are given the opportunity to help others.

People tend to be so busy 364 days out of the year with work and other pressing matters. So on this one day, people tend to make up altruistically for the 364 days of the year. Some people give their time to a soup factory. Some read to some foster children. Others donate clothes and books. The possibilities are endless. And the beauty about it, is that people enjoy doing it!!

So the next time you complain about having too many TV channels and how difficult it is to decide on what to watch, think about those who are living without electricity. Or the next time you throw out an article of clothing or a pair of shoes because it’s out of fashion, imagine how elated a child that has ONE pair of shoe or ragged clothes would be to have it. Or instead of complaining about having soup or pasta again, think about what some impoverished children in Africa and other parts of the world are having — a piece of bread or nothing at all. Giving thanks is the true spirit of Christmas.

So, as the new year approaches, let’s change our attitude and perspective. Let’s be more grateful for the things we have. Let’s try to give more, no matter how little. I wish you all health, strength and prosperity for the new year.

P.S. For a good chuckle, check out my older Christmas post: Oh, Its Christmas

 

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Giving Thanks

Sometimes we get so caught up in the rigors of daily life that we forget to appreciate the simple blessings that life offers. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, so let me use this opportunity to give thanks to the small blessings that I have received:

  • My Parents: For supporting and providing for me throughout my adolescence years, now I have the opportunity to give back.
    • The many meals they provided
    • The wisdom they’ve imparted
    • The sacrifices (financial & emotional) they’ve made

 

  • My Girlfriend: She came at an opportune time when I thought all hope was lost in finding an ideal partner. She’s loving, compassionate and supportive. If that in itself is not a blessing, I don’t know what is.
    • The big hug I got from her this morning. I could feel the love flowing through her into me
    • The muffin we shared because we we’re running late for church

 

  • My Job: Though it’s not ideal, it affords me ┬áthe opportunity to handle my responsibilities. A lot of persons are home sending out hundreds of resumes in hopes that they can get even a mediocre job so that they can take care of their expenses.

Each day is truly a blessing and to realize that, we must focus more on the positives. I know it’s easy to focus on the negative things that are happening in our lives because they’re in our face, but for every bad thing that has happened to us, there are three or more good things that has happened or will happen. It’s just a matter of perspective really.

As you go throughout your day, I leave you with this quote:

The more elevated the soul, the broader the outlook.

~Hazrat Khan

 

 

 

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

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Thank you guys. You all made this possible !!!