The big move starts this weekend But I'm taking time to post my new outlook for next year

Holidays have high expectations. It is a time where we have a tendency to become very idealistic about how “life should be." We focus on spreading “good cheer", tempted to overlook the immediate needs that often crowd our paths. Yet, in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, I find it difficult to ignore the confusion and struggle that invades this season of hope. Rather than Christmas cheer filling the air, we have airwaves filled with tragedy and loss, of fiscal cliffs and political gerrymandering, of joblessness and economic uncertainty. Rather than rest and relationships, we are often faced with stress and mall traffic. Reality seems to overwhelm joy.

…unless we choose differently

…unless we choose to make a difference

…unless we choose to have an impact

…unless we choose to find joy

So rather than simply wishing you Happy Holidays, allow me to offer this challenge, to choose peace!

The Holidays offer us a wonderful time to offer peace to many. They offer us a time to reflect not only on ourselves but more importantly, the impact we have on those around us. Something as simple as a smile can bring surprising joy to a passerby and taking a moment to thank a weary cashier can ease their burden of being yelled at by disgruntled shoppers. There is not a doubt in my mind that you and I can make a positive impact on today; an encouraging word, a smile, a helping hand, a thank you.

Hello Linda,

What you've just stated is such a true impact on our lifes and what we give to other's like you say counts more than anything besides it can lift your spirits.

Loving those close is the best quality in life :) i do hope your move goes well and being closer to your parents will help in a large way for them besides takecare and watch your body concerning doing to much.

We all love you dearly and you bring so much joy and happieness to the site...with making life look how it should. you my friend xxx

Well written. I will pass this on to family and friends. Hope the move is an easy one. Praying for you friend. Love Sandy

Thanks to all for being there when i needed you, just for someone to say HELLO !!!!! smile Yes there are things that are going on in the world that matters to many , but having FAITH in our Father will overcome all of this SOON. Hang in there and Keep PRAYING that this to SHALL PASS . Season Greetings ..... Beverly L.

Hi Linda. Truer words have never been spoken. Thank you for the thoughts. :slight_smile:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Wendy xx

Wonderful words to live by each day, so well written. Merriest of Christmas to you and all on LWL! My prayers are with all every day for peace, joy n health!

merry xmas emoticonLinda and i hope it's a nice peaceful one for youchristmas bells emoticon

I do hope your move went well & all the best to you parents also :) xxx