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What is Your Major Stress in Life?

What is your major stress in life? A few nights back, while queuing in a drive thru, my kids & I were talking about our personalities. We’re making fun of ourselves, and had a good laugh about it. On a serious side, I blurted out that I was a people pleaser. I wanted people to like me, and yes, it has been a major source of stress for me. It has been that way for me. I want to please my parents, siblings, teachers, classmates, bosses, co workers, hubby, kids, etc. I feel disappointment in myself, if I perceive that I don’t come up to their expectations. I feel ashamed of myself, if I deemed that I fail my children, whether imagined or not. These negative feeling does take a toll on my wellbeing. It took years learning this feeling of inadequacy, so it also took years to unlearn it. It is only through God’s mercy and love,  that I am able to accept myself, love myself. It is only through God’s unconditional love, that I am able to say, that  I  AM  ENOUGH.  I am a work in progress,

The Essence of Christmas in Our Lives

Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us. - David Cameron

*Christmas video #4

It will soon be Christmas day! People are milling in the department stores to buy clothes, shoes, gifts for family and friends. Everywhere you'd see people with paper bags on both hands filled with their Christmas shopping. Christmas carols can be heard everywhere, either they are played over the radio or children and adults singing carols outside our houses at night. Christmas trees filled with Christmas trimmings are prominently displayed in houses. Christmas lanterns add up to the brightness of the Christmas nights. One can feel the Christmas spirit in the air.

Is everybody really happy as we celebrate this Christmas season? What about in countries where there is a war going on? How about the people who are martyred for their Christian beliefs? How about the people languishing in prisons? How about the men and women who have to work in foreign lands to support their families and make their Christmas happy by being able to buy new shoes or watch? How about the children and their families dying because of famine in Africa? How about the street children who hounds the streets begging for money for food? How about those street children begging for money to buy rugby to feel temporary euphoria? How about the people in mental institutions battling their inner demons? How about the drug addicts sheltered in rehabilitation clinics or centers? How about people with a member of a family fighting to live despite a terminal illness?

These musings could entirely change our perspective about the celebration of Christmas. Christmas is the birth of the baby Jesus. He was born in a stable not even in a simple house. Jesus was born in extreme poverty and did not even experience the simplest kind of living.

Christmas time is not only the time for revelry and merrymaking. Christmas is the time to be grateful for the blessings we receive every day. Be thankful if you have a job, for there are many who remains unemployed. Be thankful for the food on your table, many mouths go hungry for there is nothing for them to eat. Be thankful for the clothes and shoes you wear for many do not even have slippers to protect their feet. Be thankful for your family for there are people who are all alone in this world. Your families are the ones who will remain constant in your life. Be thankful for the gift of life for this is the greatest blessing we received from above. The fact that we wake up to a new day each morning is the greatest miracle of all.

So this Christmas let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is being with your family and loved ones. It is sharing and caring for one another. It is forgiving and letting go of whatever pains and heartaches, we bear in our hearts. We will not be able to move forward if we will remain shackled to our past.

This Christmas let us be merry but let us not forget to give thanks to the Lord. Merry Christmas everyone!

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of the spirit of generosity and of the spirit of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and we become more interested in people than in things. - Thomas S Monson
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Middle life is beautiful.

Till next time. God bless.

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