Sunday, December 21, 2008

Believe

Hi, my name is Chrissy. I am a 27 year old who still writes a letter to Santa each year, and places in the mail to the North Pole (with no return address, don’t need the postal service knowing where I live).

Hi Chrissy.

Why do I still write the letter? Because I still believe. Granted my belief does not constitute that a man will come into my home, while I am sleeping, and leave a Mercedes under my tree. However, my belief is so much more.

I believe in the true wonders of this world that our fragile minds are incapable of grasping. I believe in the powers of those unseen; God, angels, love, romance, faith, wisdom, hope, dreams … I believe in all that we are unable to touch, yet have the power to move us to tears; unable to see, yet have the power to enlighten our lives.

Belief is a powerful tool and one we often neglect to use. Within belief, we have the capability to chance our rational, our way of life; when used, belief allows us to shape our minds to control our future. Santa Claus represents a time in each of our lives where we truly believed in something. Each Christmas morning we would wake in such a deliberate haste to run to the living room, find the empty plate of cookies was replaced with a mound of gifts – each box and bag containing our hearts desires … and believed that Santa listened to us. That while we slept he visited our homes, and left joy under our trees, and in our hearts. How magical was the feeling of Christmas … how magical is it still.

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus is my favorite Christmas read. When read, it gives a gift within its words … the renewal to the power belief can have in your life. To believe in something gives it meaning; and placing that meaning in your life gives you direction.

As Christmas is soon to pass us by, take the time to believe again … After all, Santa lives in our hearts and will continue to do so as long as we believe …
Merry Christmas.

Yes, Virgina, there is a Santa Claus

Life's Joy

Today was an extremely busy day. Thomas and I got up, went to church services, then to a Rams game that was a gift from Santa; afterwards we were home for a few and then back out in the cold to race to dinner at my Dad's church for a Christmas celebration.

About an hour ago we made it home. Upon such I found myself not knowing where to begin on my to do list, and what I needed to add to it. Christmas cards still need to be prepared, the laundry needs to be done, presents need to be wrapped, trash taken out ... And yet, by some strange force I was drawn into those "things can wait, climb into bed."

And it is there, nestled with my hot cup of tea and laptop that I discovered this gift in my email inbox. A two minute film on the simple joys in life. The wondrous colors, music, and inspirational quotes called to me to listen, to take note. There will always be a to-do list in our journey of life. For every three items accomplished, there will be six to add to the mix. But there is one thing on our continuous list that we often, scratch that, almost always over look -- time for ourselves. Reflection of who we are, and who we are yet to become. Quite time in our thoughts of how much we have accomplished. Moments to relax and enjoy the true beauty of life.

"Nothing happens, but first a dream" - Carl Sandburg ... one of my favorites from the clip. Take a moment to find your favorite in the film, Simple Secrets. My hope is that it will inspire you as well to take note on slowing down, looking around, and reflect on all you are, and what you are yet to become.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The New Year is almost here

... so I ask you the question - what do you plan to do with it? Let's not put the typical cliche of the title of resolutions to your master plan -- Instead, let's suggest your list is your mantra for the next year. I am still devoting time to discovering myself again, one of the main benefits of organizing this web page is that I am encouraging myself to step out of my realm and onto a new platform of renewal, balance, and lighted avenues I may have been blinded to before.

As children we are asked the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?". I now take the great advice of Rabbi Shmuley and ask myself, "WHO do I want to be when I grow up?" I ask this question with a great demand behind it; I seek out who it is I am yet to become. I am ready for 2009 like thirst in a desert storm is ready for a drop of rain; I soak up strength to pursue hopes and dreams from a fountain of ambition, inspiration, and desire .... desire to become WHO I want to be.

I encourage each of you to ask yourself the question today: WHO do I want to be when I grow up?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Life" what you see here?

... want to see more? I need your input, and those of others! What kind of articles do you want to read? What sort of projects do you want to complete? Do you want to read books, view videos, listen to audio?? Remember that Life's Discussion belongs to you; I will put into it what you want to see out of it. So help me out - drop me a line, a comment, or an email and let me know what is helping you - what you want to see more of / less of - what new items to present.

AND!
Please pass on the website to all of those you think it could benefit ... the more discussion we have with life, the better "educated" we can make ourselves!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Articles of Interest

Make it Happen!
At this time of year, we do a lot of thinking about our dreams and wishes, but actually making a move towards the thing we want is something else. We buy the books, write the lists, talk to people about it – and always find a reason not to begin the task itself.
This acticle helps turn your goals into reality! I hope to buy the magazine soon and scan the artcile, but here is the starting point:
http://www.psychologies.co.uk/index.php/eng/Latest-Issue/Dossier/Make-it-happen

How to be Rich
When you have some free time, take a listen to this online coaching - very interesting, and motivating!
http://www.psychologies.co.uk/index.php/eng/Support-and-advice/Articles/How-to-be-rich2

Life Under the Same Sun
Many of you know my spirtual stance is strong, but I became even more indepth when I learned of Rooftop Church. A place I feel at home at, I also feel the power of the word speaking to me. The current series is designed for those struggling to find the meaning and purpose in their lives - considence? I think not! You can listen to the sermons free online, and not only is Pastor Matt hilarious, but the message speaks loud and clear ... we can achieve our dreams.
http://rooftop.org/CS/content/currentseries.aspx

Just a thought

Your ULTIMATE to do list?

- Write a book
- Visit Egpyt
- Hike in a Rainforest
- Be a space tourist

Let us know what you would have to do on your ultimate to do list - think about it ... and leave your comment behind

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December's Project

I thought, and I thought - what would be the inspiration we needed to start our transformation?? Maybe it would be watching the sunrise while meditating to classical music .... or traveling across country doing the Thelma and Louise ... perhaps even yet we could sell everything we own and move to Africa to help those who are less fortunate that us. What inspiration, what jolt do we need to discover ourselves again?

At a dinner party a few weeks ago for Ann-Marie, I was thinking and thinking about what my speech would be - what did I want to say to her. I choose a simple route of depth with meaning and an Irish blessing in my speech, and then I made her and others sit and listen as I read Dr. Seuss - Oh, The Places You Will Go. I love that story as it reminds me a lot of childhood. Sitting outside, staring at the stars, wondering what the future held. Somewhere between childhood and main street of life we have lost touch of what that curious nature had in store for us so many years ago ... we lost sight of the dreams we had of having the world by the tail, seizing the moment and making it ours, capturing the beauty in life.

For the month of December I want us each to work on a project - developing our life's maps to that mountain we want to climb. There is a list of articles and instructions to read:
- Dr. Seuss, Oh Baby the Places You will Go
- Are You on the Right Course
- The Mind Map
- Life Map Questionnaire
and finally
- Create a Life Map.

After Christmas, but before the New Years - I want each of us to share what we have learned in creating our life map, mission statement, and personal value statement. Over the next month lets work together to encourage each other, share ideas, and inspire each to develop what is in us .... Because, Kids - we ARE to MOVE MOUNTAINS! We just lost our maps on how to get there.