I'm terribly late with my New Year greeting! Believe me, I have a bunch of excuses. However, I won't bore you with them.
The important thing is, we have a fresh new year to plan, and lots of fun things to take care of, including music.
The song I'm attaching is one that always reminds me, there is a higher power, always there to help us find the correct path in life. I recorded "The Keeper Of The Stars" this month, when my husband and I celebrated 20 years travelling on the same beautiful path.
There's no doubt in my mind, He has guided you and I to cross paths, and for this I am truly blessed.
Thank you all, so very much, for your encouragement and support - for listening, and taking time to write to me. I am humbled and grateful to you and to "The Keeper Of The Stars."
We are living a most difficult time. There's fear, despair, panic, depression and more. Under normal conditions, these emotions may be calmed by a variety of activities, involving friends, family, parties and sports, to name a few. Unfortunately, these rewarding and soothing activities are now forbidden. We are being instructed to abandon all social activities, and confine ourselves to our homes. Ouch! But wait! It occurs to me that it's a tremendously valuable opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. If you live in the same house with family , , , its a wonderful time to rediscover each other. A beautiful opportunity to read that book you've been meaning to for ages. There's plenty of time to to reach out to friends and family through social media and telephone, play with your pets, putter in your garden, take walks, exercise, watch TV, try out that new recipe. And one of my personal favorites . . . go to bed a little later and get up when I want. We may forget to thank God for the good life we enjoy most of the time, but most will automatically turn to Him when face to face with danger Join me in asking our Lord for guidence and comfort. Let's be aware of the blessing and the many life lessons that come with this difficult experience. And, very important, let's take live this experience one day at a time.
I hope and pray today finds each of you well, happy and full of faith in our future. True, the World is going through a "bump in the road" right now. However, most of us are not strangers to "bumpy roads," and we're (as they say) preparing for the worst, and hoping for (expecting) the best.
Like most life challenges, this one is a test . . . a learning experience . . . for all. Some changes will be required from each of us. For instance, today, it may be necessary for us to put all notions of personal independence to one side, and look to others for support, while freely giving them ours. This may be the most valuable solution, if not the only one, for this difficult time. More than ever before, I'm reminded of those famous, nearly forgotten words, "United We Stand"
Christmas! Unpacking decorations, baking cookies and many other things that are Holiday "tradition" for us. TRADITION - it can be stressful. It's not a "one size fits all" celebration. For example; some families are large - there are many people and ideas to help make the Season beautiful and fun. Other families are smaller - others have any number of mitigating circumstances that require an adjustment to the "traditional."
I hope everyone will keep in mind that TRADITION is what you make it - it's personal, and can change from one year to another - from one family to another. But no matter if you serve turkey, ham or hotdogs - or spend $5 or $5,000 . . . it's Christmas. Enjoy your old or brand new tradition. Enjoy one another - the most important part of the celebration.
One of my favorite parts of the Holiday is the music! How I love the Christmas music. Some songs make me laugh .. . . others may bring a tear. But no matter . . . we need a little christmas.
Merry Christmas to all of you wonderful folks who listen to my music . . . who take the time to write to me. You make my world go round. I hope Santa is good to you this year . . . but most of all, I hope you are good to yourself.
"Thank you" doesn't seem sugnificant to express my gratitude to all of you for your support and encouragement. I wonder if you realize how important you are. Your words, compliments and friendship are so very special . . . the time you take to listen, and share, is priceless.
Thank you so, so much for you your generosity, appreciation and vote of confidence, May God bless each of you. You have a special place in my heart.