_2011 has been an eventful year - this day allows time to reflect on the positives and the challenges that took place. Each person has the power to plant seeds that will yield fruit in their own way and time. To co-create the reality that they would like to have. You and I bring new life into the world by the choices that we make. I hope the gifts of compassion, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and good hope - the fruits of the spirit,
The celebration of what it means to be a family is remembered today. People who love, support and are present in our lives, through both the good and the hard times, teach us the wisdom of the family support unit. Often times people are not geographically close to their immediate families and friends enter into our lives becoming our extended family. Today, technology enables us to keep in touch with family over email, phone, Skype - if we are willing to take the time to do it in a world where there are many demands for attention. Though far away from each other, people can still remain close at heart. Mary and Joseph were the first examples of people who were willing to include a new life in their own lives when there were many unknowns and they made radical choices to become an inclusive family. In our complex world, I think it is important to take the time to be thankful for the gift of those people who show us familial love.
Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises from 1959-1994 Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
I hope this story of courage, hope and inspiration inspires anyone going through a hard time. That the talents you have, will strengthen you and bring you joy... who knows maybe down the line, like the young man in this video your talent could be one that touches the lives of others.
Christmas reminds us of the gift of new life and the promise of possibilities. Each life holds the potential for great possibilities. Christmas reminds us that the Great I Am once walked this earth and brought us the promise of new possibilities in a broken world. Have you looked within to discover your gifts and how you can give them to the world around you, in honour of the Great I am?