“We are all born originals – why is it so many of us die copies?” – Edward Young
Christmas, it turns out, is not about a particular religion, but about all religions. It is not about a particular person, but about all persons. It does not matter whether you are Christian or Muslim, Hindu or Jew, Baptist or Buddhist. Or none of the above.
When you give birth to the lord within you, you give life to a wonder and a majesty and a wisdom and a love that can flow from you to all the world, and change the world forever.
Isn’t this the Christmas Story?
And when we live this story as our story, are our lives not renewed, with our separated selves made whole?
Indeed. Our souls are stirred, our hearts are filled. And then it is we who bring…joy to the world.
The gift of Christmas is us, fully expressed and fully realized. It is us – completely willing and totally ready – to love without condition, to give without restriction, to share without limitation, to create without fear, to celebrate ourselves without shame or embarrassment.
It is us, choosing to forgive without hesitation, to help without being asked, to rush in where angels fear to tread. Indeed, to lead the way for angels. ~ N.D. Walsch
“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” – Albert Einstein
Yucca brevifolia (Joshua Tree) is a plant species belonging to the genus Yucca. It is native to southwestern states and confined mostly to the Mojave Desert. The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree’s unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.
The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates
I find tarantulas just fascinating with their many hairy legs, their gracefulness and their size. One of these fine specimens graced me with his presence in my yard this morning.
Crater Lake, Oregon
One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
Memorial Day is a holiday in remembrance of all our men and women who have given their lives for this country. When one of those fallen heroes is one of your own family, this holiday especially takes on a special meaning.
Chris you are a special spirit who lives on in the many people you impacted during your short time on this earth. You are always in our hearts and minds. Thanks for the sacrifice you made for your country.
The lives of those who we honor continue to have value; they live on in our memories and in the effects of all they did and said. I am grateful for each and every person who has served in our military to keep our freedoms we so cherish.
I relish the thought of the time when people agree to settle their disagreements using peaceful means to find common ground and the use of weapons are no longer needed.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
Create the beautiful blossom not the prickly, thorny thistle. Have a wonderful day!
Sabino Canyon, Tucson
“Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” – Dr Seuss