Merry Christmas with so much appreciation for all of you!
As most of you read this, it’s Christmas Eve 2017.
Even if you are Jewish or another religion and don’t celebrate Christmas the way the Christian faith does, you can still have a Merry Christmas.
During this season, many are with family and enjoying the wonderful times together.
What if you’re someone who doesn’t have family that you can spend time with?
If you’re someone who has tension with family and have chosen not to be around yours?
I say find your “surrogate family” and enjoy their company. If that’s not possible, spend time doing something you really enjoy, nurturing yourself.
I went to a wake last evening of a friend’s 26 year old daughter. She was seemingly healthy, they just got back from a 2 week trip together to India where they are from, and had a fabulous time.
Last Sunday morning, her daughter didn’t wake up. The autopsy report isn’t back yet, so they still aren’t sure what happened.
My heart goes out to this family. I felt the love in that funeral home for this 26 year young woman, described as a bright light to this world.
None of us have a guarantee of how long we will be here, do we?
That’s why it’s so important to make the best of every single present moment you have. Alone or with those you love.
I appreciate each and every one of you. I appreciate when I see the people who open my blogs each week and read them.
This is a piece of my giving back. Sharing with you from my heart, things that come to me that matter. That may help you in some small or large way.
January 1st marks 5 years I have been writing my weekly blogs! Amazing!
If you want to read past blogs, simply go to my blogs on my website and scroll down to find a topic that catches your eye. Something you may need to read about.
I know when I get quiet and I make sure I’m not stressed out about anything, I can feel the appreciation for life, loved ones, friends, and just about anything.
Please remember to take time during this holiday season to become quiet. Just sit still for even a short time to take in everything around you.
As I talked about last week, when you spend just 5 minutes each day feeling wonderful feelings, you will watch your life expand and unfold into a life you truly love.
If you are going to be alone for Christmas and you don’t want to be, reach out to friends and let them know how you’re feeling. If it doesn’t work out to join them and their loved ones, check into volunteering at a soup kitchen. I know when you give back, it fills your heart in a deep way.
This past week, our two older grand kids, their mom and I volunteered at the Salvation Army in their Toy Shop. We helped parents pick out toys for their children along with stocking stuffers and one gift for the family.
For most of these people, these were the only gifts their kids would get for Christmas. It was very touching to me. I feel it’s important to have my grandchildren involved in this too. For them to see and feel what it’s like to not have much. For them to see and feel the parents appreciation for the gifts they did get to have for their children.
There’s always time to stop and appreciate what we have and the people in our lives, don’t you agree?
Hale and I are joining my daughter Abby, who lives in NYC, in Toledo, my hometown. I appreciate and cherish the moments I get to have with them, my parents, siblings, their families, and a few of my friends.
I wish for each of you a very Merry Christmas filled with so much appreciation!
PS It’s easy to feel appreciation for life while you’re at our Kauai Spiritual Vacation Retreat. October 5-12, 2018, consider joining me and a small group of like-minded people in paradise!
You will have time to simply BE, as you learn from me about 10 very important Universal Laws to carry out into your personal and professional life. You will be transformed and rejuvenated during this 7 day/7 night retreat. All details and videos from past retreats are on my retreat page: https://www.conniehertz.com/retreat
Contact me ASAP since this is a small group and it’s filling up fast! Give yourself this gift this year!