It is Boxing Day in Sydney and I thought about starting a series on my New Year Resolutions. I know, you’ll say they are passé as they get broken. But let me try as I have started and quite serious this time. Please ask me later if I have kept up with them. You’ll be my judge.
For today, which is Boxing Day, a day where sale abounds in Australia, my first aim is SIMPLIFICATION. I want to simplify my life, which is not an easy thing in a very complicated world. Too many distractions for the present-day woman, but I will start with something manageable. I have stayed away from the crazy Sale going on in the shopping malls, markets and online. Instead, what am doing is eliminating stuff, where the priority is trying to get rid of clothes I have not worn yet bought, dresses I’ve worn maybe once, stuff I don’t think I’ll ever wear because …I’m not sure, the mood has not happened for me to do it. And of course, there are some I have kept thinking I can shrink back to my old size before I gave birth to my first born so many years ago. So am trying to purge, classifying clothes into ‘To keep’, ‘For Charity’, ‘ For potential selling in the market or online’, and some ‘Under Assessment’. Boys get amused by this as they can’t understand the logic. They think chucking away is the answer for most of it. And maybe that’s wise. The aim is to reduce my wardrobe to bare minimum, and not to add more to them as much as I can control in 2014 and moving forward. This will simplify decisions in the morning as to what to wear, lessen space issues, and some savings in money. The art of shedding makes us win two ways as I read from my Golden Book from a fav author – I am shedding not only clothes, but more importantly, a little bit of my vanity J. Happy days ahead! More posts soon…
Feelings of loneliness, being alone, deafening silence in an empty house whilst the Christmas carols play in the background, hardships, poverty and desperation because of unfulfilled dreams and shattered relationships can be more acute at Christmas time. Why is this so? Because the contrast between festivities and isolation are more apparent and felt during this season. The boisterous laughter of celebration and flowing food and wine in contrast to a family without food on the table, or a young girl or boy left broken by a bad experience or rejection, are all the more highlighted by the spirit of Christmas which brings the message of happiness, love and hope. To the ones in the midst of the celebration and merriment, let us be thoughtful, let us spend a time of prayer and try to do an act of kindness to remember those who are hurting. And let me remember to be sensitive everyday of the year, whether it is Christmas or not.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS MESSAGE AS WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS.
Peace & light,
Copyright Image (Raoul Isidro)
You need to die a little to love,
But in dying, you gain life,
Much more than what you used to have.
So should we be afraid to love because there could be pain?
That it may not be returned?
Someone took the risk 2,000 years ago,
He believed in love,
Before He was even born, He loved us
And was prepared to die, so willingly.
He believed we are worth loving and dying for.
Love, peace and light always ♥♥♥
~ from Rowena , author of ‘The Forsaken Muse’
To a Hero Filled with Love and Light, Nelson Mandela
**Dedicated to a hero filled with love and light that just crossed over, may you rest in peace…(1918-2013)**
So many great things have been written about you. All I can say is that we are so fortunate to have witnessed one of the greatest men to have walked the planet in our lifetime. You embody justice, fairness, courage, the ability to love, quiet dignity, unselfishness, and a great sense of humour, always manifesting in your beautiful smile. Prison and betrayal never took away that smile, as if signifying your faith in humanity, in the goodness of men, your belief in the future, and in seeing hope for mankind.
***People are remembered for different reasons when they die. As for you, I believe it is the pursuit of love, truth, freedom and justice. May you live forever in the hearts of the young and the old. Rest in peace great man of our generation!