The family gathered for Christmas Eve to celebrate our traditional reading of the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth, sharing memories and gifts, and a meal with trimmings on every corner of the table.
Deep into preparation of the meal, several cooks were hustling about the kitchen with determined fervor to make this meal one of our best. We were almost bumping into each other when I called out, “Where is the baby?” We all looked down near the floor where my one-year old grandson, Colin, had discovered an open refrigerator door. He had been so quiet, no one noticed what he was doing. He was sitting on the floor happily tossing fresh eggs out of the egg bin on the lower shelf of the refrigerator door and making a “floor omelet”. When I rushed over to help his mother clean up the mess, I didn’t see the egg that rolled to the edge of my foot as I kick dropped it across the kitchen floor.
The evening was wonderful and memorable. Christmas morning I awoke to raise the shade covering the glass door that opened onto the back patio. There in the middle of the glass, as high as a one-year old could reach, was an imprint of a perfect little hand.
These are a few of my favorite things.
Can I Find Happiness?
Every year during the holidays, I find myself singing along with Christmas music, especially this year to It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. I truly believe the Christmas season is the best time of the year. Yes, there has been sorrow this year for my family with the loss of one we love. Many others we know have had sad and tragic things happen to them. But, the reason people are in a better mood now than at other times of the year is that for once we stop thinking about ourselves. We turn our attention to how we can make others happy.
With a failed banking system, government woes, and so on, how can we apply trust, the root of happiness, toward people? Ralph Waldo Emerson captured trust in its’ purity when he said, “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”
Where is Trust?
Where has all the trust gone? As we prepare for the upcoming year, some people are sadly entrapped in failing mortgages and losses of health and friendships. I think of when my children were young, one about the age of my grandson, Colin. I had put him to bed in his crib, which always secretly reminded me of prison bars. A couple of hours later his older brother came running into the room saying, “Mom, he’s awake. He’s standing up in his bed looking out through the windows.”
Are you looking through the bars or windows of your circumstances? Begin changing your circumstances by looking at opportunities. Look beyond the obvious to the world of possibilities. Start by believing in yourself, by trusting your judgment to make correct decisions for you and your family. Then enhance the emotional supports in your own life by believing in others.
Trust will become the strength of your foundation as 2009 approaches. Hope springs out of believing and trusting. Nothing that has happened to you in 2008 should leave you void of hope. If you are in a battle with breast cancer or any other difficulty, take time right now to trust. Trust in your faith in God, trust in yourself, and trust in others. 2009 may be your most glorious year yet!
Thought for Today:
“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say I. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say I. They don’t think I. They think we; they think team. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but we gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.”—Peter Drucker