Saturday, December 24, 2011

Tiz The Season

Being born in the month of December, Christmas has always been very "near and dear" to my heart.  I've always remembered going "all out" for the season and making sure that it was special for all my friends, family and loved ones alike.

I've always considered myself lucky because I was brought up in a family that cared more about the message of Christmas, rather than being carried away by the commercialism of it all.  That the spirit of the season is about:  Love, Harmony and most importantly, Generosity.  It's a time to truly cherish what you have in this world.  That instead of being consumed by what you don't have, we should be utterly grateful for all we do.  I know that there are some of us who have no need or respect for this time of year, but I truly believe that Christmas is a necessity.  Because there has to be at least one day out of the year that forces us to reflect on the fact that we are ALL here for another purpose, besides our own. 

I have always been very much involved in charities throughout my adult life and enjoy it very much.  There is a certain satisfaction that you get from giving of yourself to others that truly cannot be described.  Somehow, I have always felt that it heals me like nothing else can.  One of my best friends, Melisa and I, always try to make a point of becoming part of something charitable during this time of year.  Food banks, Soup Kitchens etc.  We're not always successful, because thankfully there are many, many individuals who have the same idea.  So we are constantly being put on a "never-ending" waiting list each year, waiting patiently for our name to be called.  We may not get the opportunity to become involved however like anything else, it's the thought that counts.  We care enough about our society to want to give back. 

Thoughts of this nature, I believe, are instilled.  After all, the cliche that "Charity begins at home" came from somewhere.  It is a direct measure of how you were raised and what the belief system is in each household.  Thankfully, I was always very lucky to be surrounded by great people, who had a passion for helping others.  As far back as I can remember, I always watched on as my Father gave of himself in every way.  Whether it was for a stranger or someone he knew, he always made time to help someone in need.  My Mother was also of a like mind.  Sadly, a lot of what they have done has gone un-noticed and un-appreciated which I must confess has always bothered me.  However, they always taught my brothers and I that charity (in any form) is not about "being noticed" but rather about a feeling within your heart to do what's right.  That each good deed gives you an inner glow and ignites an indescribable fire within your heart. I cannot tell you how true that is. 

So each Christmas, when you consumed with the "hustle and bustle" of the season, stop just for a moment and ask yourself this question:  "Have I helped anyone this year, for now reason?"  If the answer is no, than I challenge you to drop what you're doing and rectify that-immediately! 

As human beings we have a direct responsibility to help others.  I don't care who you are, where you are or what situation you find yourself a part of, there is no excuse not to.  The message should be simple:  LOVE OTHERS!!!

This year has been especially emotional for me.  I've literally had to start all over again, in every aspect and area of my life.  So, needless to say, it's been a tough transition.  However, thanks to all my treasured loved ones (which definitely includes all of you, my fans) I am pulling myself up by my bootstraps and getting stronger every day.  There are days when I feel helpless and scared but it passes.  I know that the choices I've made, that have led me here (however difficult they were to make/see through) were good ones.  I know that I will be fine, it just takes time.

Yet, in the same respect, I cannot tell you what an incredible year this has also been.  I have learned so much.  I know have a better understanding of who I am and what I truly want within this life.  Something that was rather sketchy before.  I am so grateful to God for all that I have.  For bringing all of you into my life.  Finally, I truly cannot believe that LIFE AFX has survived it's first year out into the world.  However, I'm thrilled that it has and am looking forward to "Year # 2" and all it brings with it.
I know that all of this would never be possible without all of you.  So I am forever indebted to my public for loving my words!  I'd be nothing without you!

I wish you all the Happiest of Holidays!  May you all be wrapped up and cozy in the presence of family, love, health and joy-forever! 

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