Merry Christmas To You!
For some of you, I probably make too much of a big deal about the Holidays, but the truth is that I LOOOOVE the Holidays! I grew up not celebrating Thanksgiving at all, and I should say my Christmas and New Year’s were not that lovely and joyful either. Back in the days we didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the Dominican Republic, and I never had a Christmas Tree or any gifts at all, since my father didn’t believe in that and of course, did not allow us to celebrate the Holidays like everyone else did. The most we had was a nice Christmas Eve and New Year’s Dinner, and that was it.
I grew up not believing in Santa or the Three Kings. I was told at a very young age that neither of them existed, therefore not to expect any gifts.
But my mother taught me and my brother to believe in Christmas; to always remember it is a season of happiness and celebration; to keep in mind Holidays are about giving and spending time with Friends and Family.
So me and my brother always said to each other that one day we would celebrate the Holidays the way we were supposed to, and that we would exchange gifts, have a Christmas tree and celebrate with friends and family.
We used to watch the fireworks through the window and go asleep listening to the most beautiful and happy songs playing all at the same time in the neighborhood. Ohhh! I used to love it!
I am now a grown woman who loves celebrating the Holidays; who enjoys having her Pumpkin Spice Coffee while doing her Christmas shopping; who likes to listen to all the different Christmas songs that are playing at every single store she goes to.
I love to watch Christmas movies and I love Santa Claus. I believe in the Spirit of Christmas and I know it is within me every year and it will always be…
So I just want to say Merry Christmas To You and Everyone else in the whole entire world! Let the Spirit of Christmas shine through you creating Love and Happiness around you…and make sure to always BELIEVE!!!…
Merry Christmas To You!!!
Forgiving should be everyone’s ultimate goal. I often hear people talk about forgiveness and how they are so sure they have forgiven people, and the reality is that most of the time they haven’t. Our mind could be very tricky and make us believe our own lies.
The other day I was talking to someone very close to me and I remember telling this person that she would know when she has forgiven, the minute she is not hurting anymore; the minute she doesn’t really care about what happened or doesn’t even think about that person and/or the problem associated to it.
On the other hand, if you are still thinking about that person and what happened between the both of you, and you feel hurt, betrayed, offended, etc. then unfortunately you have not forgiven.
While we all know it is not right to hold grudges against others, it is okay to admit to yourself that you are still feeling those negatives thoughts and emotions, because this is the only way you could forgive and free yourself from all those resentments, plus we all know that forgiving is not an easy task.
Do not try to convince yourself otherwise, because all you are doing is letting all of those negatives feelings sit there, and eventually they will arise again. Instead, just face them and work on getting rid of them by replacing them with good thoughts and feelings.
A good way to work against these negatives feelings is by making decrees. You can say things like “(Person’s name) I Surround You With My Love” or “(person’s name) I love you and I Forgive You”.
Another good tip is to stop thinking and talking about the past. If you still think and talk about all the bad things this person did to you, then you have not let go yet. Don’t give me the excuse of the saying that goes “I forgive, but I never forget”, because those who believe in that will never truly forgive.
I am not telling you forgiving is easy…it takes time and effort, but you must forgive in order to be free of your own negative thoughts and feelings, otherwise you are just condemning yourself to be miserable your entire life. So at least start by accepting you haven’t forgiven instead of trying to convince yourself and others that you have.
Giving is the most precious and valuable action a human being could express. Giving makes us a better person every time we put it in practice. It wasn’t until like three years ago that I learned the real meaning of giving. I was always the kind of girl who loved and enjoyed giving and helping others, but always thought people was supposed to at least appreciate it and every time someone did me wrong I used to always bring up how much I had done for them…wrong! Completely wrong!
I have come to learn that giving is only valid when nothing in return is expected. It is great to give and help others, but the minute we condition this action to receiving something in return, we are washing away any merit we could have earned and the action becomes worthless.
Christmas is around the corner and it doesn’t matter if you celebrate it or not. I think the important thing about the Holidays is to let the Holiday Spirit take over us so we could show love and appreciation to our loved ones, as well as sharing with anyone a little bit of what we have, not what we don’t need! That is not how we give. We must share not get rid of what we don’t want or need anymore.
The other day I was organizing my winter clothes with my mom, and I put aside a few garments to give them out, but there was one I really liked and had second thoughts whether I should keep it or not. Those who know me know how passionate I am when choosing and buying my clothes. But as soon as the person I was going to give my dress to came to my mind, my heart smiled out of joy. So I didn’t give my dress away because I didn’t want it anymore; I gave it with love sharing with others a little bit of what I consider my treasure.
Now, I should not expect anything in return either. Not even a thank you, because by even expecting that, I would be conditioning my action and therefore, making it worthless.
The best attitude is not to expect anything from no one, whether you give them something or not. Living with no expectations from anyone makes us less worried and way happier.
What Are You Planning On Giving These Holidays?
Give Thanks with a grateful heart today and everyday of your life. I didn’t grow up celebrating Thanksgiving being that I was born and raised in the Caribbean and back in the days we didn’t know about this beautiful and meaningful tradition. It wasn’t until I came to U.S. when I started celebrating Thanksgiving that very same year. Even though we all may have different menus on our table depending on our culture, we still have in common the main purpose of this Holiday:
Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart!
I am personally thankful for who I am today; for the person I have become; for the crazy but so loving Family I have; for the crazy but also great and Real Friends I have; for having Eva María (my Yorkie) in my life; for the Job I have; for being able to breath and feel the artic cold outside; for having all the clothes and accessories I ever dreamed about 😉 ; for the opportunity of celebrating this Holiday today with some of the most important people in my Life♥
There is an infinite list with things that I am grateful for, same way I’m pretty sure your list is; but the important thing is to Give Thanks with a grateful heart everyday and every time you are able to. The more you are grateful, the more you are preparing yourself to receive great things.
It is easy sometimes to forget about all the great things God or the Universe have conferred to us, especially when are going through hardship; but this is the perfect moment to show appreciation for all the good things we have, instead of focusing in the negative and what we don’t have.
I have previously written an article called “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey and I had said that “by being thankful for everything we have and always expressing it, we are sending a positive message to the Universe and what that means is that we will be attracting more of that positive energy toward us…”
Focusing in our lacks it is just a way of attracting more of those lacks. Today, choose to give thanks with a grateful heart for all the positive things in your Life and make a commitment to do it every single day from now on…
Happy Thanksgiving My Friends!!!
Stressful Live Events?
Hello World! It seems forever I haven’t written my usual Thought of the Day so today I decided to at least write a few sentences to keep in touch with all of you. It has been a hell of a few crazy and stressful weeks and I have been exhausted, drained and stressed out all of these days. A lot of changes, events and more have been happening to the point I found myself a bit down and a little emotional as well, something that it is unusual in me I would say.
But good thing I caught myself reacting the wrong way and I decided to take action. With this being said, you bet I snapped out of it and I am almost back to normal…no quite yet but almost…
Today I just want to say that no matter how much is on your plate or how stressful is your day, do not let all of that take the best out of you. I know it is so easy to stress and get nervous over the uncertain, but do not allow all these feelings to manipulate your state of being. Instead, check your inner resources and get the strength you need; get the wisdom and the will power you already you have within you.
Visualize it as something so simple like going to the stores to get something you need. It is already there waiting for you, all you need to do is go grab it. Feed yourself with all the positive literature and positive people around you. I personally felt great last Tuesday! After having a really stressful day, I felt incredibly awesome at my Metaphysical class that evening. I went home totally recharged of good and positive energy.
As I have learned, if you stress over something, you will end up getting more of the same thing. Instead focus on how you want things to be. Life is not that serious, and after all everything is an illusion…so why stress?