It’s 5:30am and Big D. “busts” Spidey trying to pitter
patter down the hallway to see what Santa has left under the tree.I simultaneously cherish my son's excitement while
cursing only four hours of sleep thanks to late night wrapping and an overshot
of coffee consumption.
As hubby and I snuggle our captured child, I find myself
mentally plucking at memories like so many leaves in the wind. My "baby" boy is almost eight years old and Miss
M. is a teenager.How did this happen? When did this happen?Too fast.
It also occurs to me that this is my first Christmas without my own parents. (My dad died in 2010 and my mom, this past
February.)There are a few moments of “poor
me” before I remember the words I heard at a church service last night:
It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
As I let that phrase sing to me, I feel incredible
gratitude take over.
I am truly blessed to know
some of the most amazing, talented, loving, funny, smart, insightful, beautiful
people on the planet.At the end of the
day, it’s not about what I have or even what I get to do.It’s about the people I get to know.
At the risk of going into “I love you man!” territory, I
must say that I’m a pretty flippin’ lucky gal.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart and a very Merry
Christmas to all.
Do yourself a HUGE favor and play this fun little game. Invite your friends.
Whenever you catch yourself saying, or even thinking, any of the following sentiments, smack yourself in the head. Tough love, I know. It's for your own good. You'll tell me to buzz off thank me someday.
- "I'm so fat." If you say "bloated" instead of "fat", smack yourself twice.
- "I'm getting sick." Again, double smack if you are simultaneously pissed at someone else for having the nerve to feel ill in your presence thereby creating this eventuality.
- "I'm tired." No kidding. Who isn't?
- "What a jerk!" Okay, so there are some genuine buttheads out there. But as a general rule, if you meet more than two jerks in one day, chances are pretty good you're one of them.
- "I could never afford that." Never is a really long time. You may not want to prioritize a gold bathtub right now (or ever) but we all have the absolute ability to attract prosperity into our lives.
Remember: Energy flows where attention goes. Focus your thoughts and words on what you WANT.
Carpe Diem! Charlene
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This blog is partly selfish since writing is both a great passion and a treasured sanctuary for me.
As a 40-something happily married mommy, perpetual student and business exec who has to "bring home the bacon" (so to speak, since I am a vegetarian), I also strive to help others and answer the question I get often which is,“How do you DO it all?”
Somewhere along the line I figured out that it’s less about theDOING that’s important; it’s about the BEING. True life balance is internal.
And yet, the “stuff” still has to get done.
It is my sincere pleasure to share my writing as well as what I know about doing it all and being truly happy in the process.
Wishing you great health, happiness and prosperity,