|christmas tree taken from my iphone|
As you can probably tell I am Obsessed with the Christmas Season. I love it! I know there aren't many people who don't like Christmas. But I just live for this time of year. I smile all December long. The other night my mom and I had a long conversation about Service. Last year I read the book, The message by Lance Richardson. GO buy it here. I just took the parts out of this book that I already believed but wanted to be better at in my own life. Not as a principle. This book strongly emphasises the importance of service. It brought a whole new perspective to what service means to me. When I was little I used to say "I want to become a doctor, and move to Africa, and help the sick people there." I wanted to save the world. But where to start? How do you go about saving the world? It's overwhelming. Well I am here to tell you it doesn't need to be. And you don't need to go to another Country to do service. It starts in your very own home. Then maybe your next door neighbors, and on and on. My family has many many wonderful Christmas traditions. But we never spent much time doing service during the holidays. Tonight my mom gave everyone in my family a red journal. She came up with a plan that every time someone does something kind for you, you write it down on the front of the page and on the back you write down some acts of kindness you did for someone else. They don't have to be huge, planned out acts of service. Many people serve me every single day, and I hope this will help me appreciate all the wonderful people in my life. I also hope this will help me get better at serving others without having to be asked. I know this will bring more meaning to this wonderful Christmas season. So tonight I invite you, starting tomorrow Dec 1, 2010- Dec 25, to join my family in the kindness journal. It will make you happy, more aware, and will bring meaning to this Holiday. It's easy.
onto the christmas music for today
just one song for today.
Sarah McLachlan--she has been my favorite singer for years and years. This song is so beautiful. I love her voice. Take a listen. You won't be disappointed.