Christmas Wishes

The too-tall Christmas tree Christmas is a magical time. It’s a time when we are reminded of redemption, love, generosity and forgiveness. We are reminded of miracles and mysteries. It also seems to be a time for wishes.

We all have wishes we hope will come true – for children it is their requests to Santa; for adults it is usually more complicated. Sometimes we might wish for material things but, more often, we wish for intangibles like love, good health, and good fortune. If we have family members far away who are unable to gather together for Christmas, we wish them the comfort and companionship of good friends. If loved ones are traveling a long distance to share Christmas with us, we wish for their safe arrival. For those who are no longer with us, we wish peace.

This Christmas I have four wishes. I wish to be a person who is more tolerant, more patient, and more grateful and, last but not least, to have more love in my life – both given and received. Many years ago I stopped making a list of New Year’s resolutions and decided to have “aspirations” instead. I will carry these four Christmas wishes in my heart and make them my New Year’s aspirations  every day.

Think about the difference between resolutions and aspirations – aspirations are messages from your higher self; resolutions are usually based on “shoulds” – and be kinder and gentler to yourself in 2014.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year … and may all your wishes come true.

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.        ~Michelangelo

Stella's fondest wishes usually involve treats!

Stella’s fondest wishes usually involve treats!

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