It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chapter 12, Page 13, Book 11


Christmas means mustering an attitude of good cheer as we all strive to create an aura of serenity, stillness, and peace on earth.
I try to keep my focus on these positive attitudes as a way to reduce stress this holiday season.
 Instead of balking at holiday rituals or grimacing in the presence of your least favorite relative, try accepting the situation or person as they are and notice how your mood improves. Acceptance is simply acknowledging what is instead of resisting reality. It moves you out of judgment and into a place of peace and calm
Finding enchantment, joy and amusement in everyday things reduces stress and uplifts even the sourest of moods.  Take delight in a star lit night, the first snow flakes falling, a crackling fire on a rainy night, or a child’s smile. This will bring you into the present moment where everything is peaceful and joyful.
This season is the perfect opportunity to open your heart by finding forgiveness. Forgiveness isn’t about condoning behavior; it’s about releasing pain and freeing yourself to move from the past into the present
And last but not least,  I've found that the easiest way to reduce stress is with gratitude. Touching into appreciation for the people and pets you love, the material things you have in your life, and the small and large blessings that cross your path on a daily basis will uplift your heart and soul.
Christmas is traditionally a time of love and peace, peace for all the world and love for humanity. It is a time when we are supposed to be loving everyone with a peaceful and loving heart.  Remember that if and when you find yourself in a situation where you’re feeling discontent and there is nothing in the situation you can change, there are two very powerful thing you ALWAYS have control over… your attitude and your focus.
There you have it, my two for this TERRIFIC Tuesday!
Christmas is about Jesus.  It’s about memories.  It’s about family.  It’s about love.
Have a terrific Tuesday every one!
'On Ya'-ma


BlueRidge Boomer said...

Great Post...!!
Have a wonderful day....

betty said...

I like your last lines, Ma, with what Christmas is. We need to focus on those things, especially Jesus, and I think the rest will fall into place as we prepare our hearts, homes, etc for this wonderful season!


Rose said...

I always love your words of encouragement. We all need to focus more.

I enjoy when you keep changing your "Header Photos".

Have a great day!

Hugs, Rose

jack69 said...

An attitude. YOu mentioned one small thing that I had to think about. 'your least favorite relative'. I said do I have one, then I thought yep. But I still keep a good attitude around him.
Good stuff Girl!
Thanks, with love.


This is so true, MA "If you find yourself in a situation where you’re feeling discontent and there is nothing in the situation you can change," remember this, you can change your REACTION to it. ATTITUDE is everything. This is a wonderful time of year. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Having an autistic child teaches a person rather quickly to live in the now as in the next moment, he is onto another thing. It's a blip on the screen when we look back. Most of would love to recapture time lost or taken advantage of and not appreciated, I'm no exception. I no longer wish away time to get to another event, place or time in my life. It's too short. Great post. Tammy