So here we are again, my favorite time of year, Christmas... that magical time of Santa, toys, children, trees, tinsel, elves and Rudolph, carols and turkey. "It was the night before Christmas" still sends thrills of delight as I think of my child waiting for Santa to come down the chimney..a long time ago now..and magic was truly in the air. The true spirit of Christmas.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or something else, perhaps even a different God.the lesson here still applies to you, this lesson is about the spirit of giving and receiving.so whether you celebrate Christmas or not, celebrate with me this Christmas time and take this month's lesson, or apply it to your festivities, whatever they may be.
We know that Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, a time to remember others less fortunate than ourselves, peace in the world, a time for families to end their quarrels and come together, a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. We know all these things, and we know that this also is the true spirit of Christmas.
Each year for the last four years that I have had my healing group here in the U.S.A we have taken a family in crisis and made sure that they had a better Christmas, providing clothes, shoes or boots, toys, food etc. A small thing, in the spirit of the season, that we do together as a group, each of us giving an amount we can afford, into the pot. This small act of kindness on our part is not so much, but to the family we help, we like to think that it is a lot.
Many years ago, as I was fully in the spirit of Christmas, with my family and friends around me on this perfect Christmas day, hot and flustered from basting the turkey, and perhaps from that small glass of Harveys Bristol Cream sherry.another example of Christmas spirit.the phone rang, and as I answered it, I became still from the sound of Grey Eagles voice, telling me to pay attention. It was a client, calling to wish me a happy Christmas, she said, hoping that she had not intruded on my day. I knew her well, she had been to see me a number of times over the years, always wanting to make contact with her many dogs that had passed.
Potato's boiled on the stove, walnut stuffing sat waiting for the oven, the turkey ready to come out...less than an hour to go, with the table all set and laughter filling the house.
Pay attention...pay attention...pay attention.
"How thoughtful of you", I said, "and, no, you are not intruding on my day at all".
I took the phone into the bedroom, away from the noise and festivity, and began to chat, asking her if she too was having a nice Christmas. She was, she told me, quiet but nice.
Why did I not believe her? Over the course of the next thirty minutes, dinner forgotten, time in suspension it seemed, I stayed on the phone and chatted. Several times she told me she didn't want to keep me, she knew I must be busy, but I told her it was fine, that her call had made my Christmas day special, and it had. It was at the end of the conversation, when I invited her to come over and share the day with us, that she said.No, no, I couldn't do that, it's just, well, it's just that"and her voice broke a little then," it's just that I haven't heard a human voice for three days and you were the only person I knew I could call".
If it had not been for Grey Eagle, if I had not paid attention, I would have missed it, I would have missed the true spirit of Christmas.I would have missed the opportunity to give one of the most valuable gifts of all...my time.
So here is the lesson of the month.
1: Ask yourself when you last gave your time to someone you didn't know very well.
Ask yourself how it felt, or if you have never done it, ask yourself why.
2: Spend some time reflecting how easy it is to give a dollar for a good cause.
Give some thought to how much more difficult it is to give a minute of your time.
3: Each day, when you wake up, no matter how difficult it might be for you, think of someone you know who might be in need of a minute of your time, and call them, or pay them a visit.
There are many sad and lonely people out there, wondering where the true spirit of Christmas is.your best gift is to show them. A gift for them and a gift for you too.
We all need to give that dollar to a good cause, to help those more needy than ourselves in any way we can, but it can be too easy to become so caught up in our lives, to write that check, to give monetarily, and to forget the true spirit of Christmas. Our best gift to others, and the best gift we can give to ourselves, is to pay attention, to listen to the voice of God, and to give ourselves to others.even if it is only for a short amount of time.
It is that time again, right now, the time of magic, of Santa, toys, trees, tinsel, elves and Rudolph, carols and turkey, my favorite time of year.a time for the true spirit of Christmas..a time to take time for others.
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