Christmas will be here in just ten more days. Due to the struggling economy, Mark and I have tightened our belts. No huge ticket items this year. We’re giving one another a book. Simple. Practical.
I won’t be having my usual Christmas Eve gathering. I will make a light dinner, and the kids will join us for the evening. I want to keep the holidays stress free and affordable.
I have, however, decorated my home.
..and I’ve made the cuccidatis!
I know people have lost their jobs. Times are more than tough. Work has slowed down for us too.
Eckhart Tolle’s, “A New Earth” is the book I most recommend to people who are anxious right now. “This too shall pass” has become my mantra.
During these difficult times, our ego tends to take hold of the reins and lead us straight into fear. The ego would like us to make enemies out of our mates, friends, and relatives.
When I catch myself going into fear, I pull a journal or scrap piece of paper, and I start a gratitude list. A sample of what I’ve written:
-I can breathe.
-I am surrounded by the people I love and the people who love me.
-I have shelter, food, and all of my basic necessities.
-I am not suffering.
I’ve lived quite an unusual life. I have survived situations most people assume are impossible to survive. One of the cool things about growing up poor and having moved all over the country–in true hillbilly style– is that you learn how little people really need in order to survive. You realize that story telling, music, and laughter are the true necessities of life. Simple things make you happy.
Speaking of music, this song brings back memories of one of many Decembers in my childhood.
Wishing you a peace in the moment, and a life filled with stories, music, and laughter.