Mele Kalikimaka, a very Merry Christmas to you today.
There is a quiet, me-time moment I cherish greatly each Christmas Day, one which fills me with wonder and a uniquely recurring faith. Over the years, I have come to know that it is in this moment I will again understand the power and strength of belief.
It happens early morning when I first wake up. It is always early, as if I were still a child, wondering if I can leave my bedroom and enter our parlor yet, and not hear one of my parents say, “Not yet Liann (my childhood name). Go back to bed.”
I lie very still with the immediate knowing of what day it is, and what had happened in a peaceful, starlight-filled stable so long ago. During that moment, I say a silent prayer which both humbles me and fires me up with an energizing vitality.
It is Christmas morning, and to wake with the trusting certainty that the day ahead will be joyful warms me thoroughly no matter how chilly it might be.
It is Christmas morning, and I remind myself that the plentiful possibility I have ahead of me is the true gift we all get today. They are life-living freedoms.
It is Christmas morning, and I smile. I jump out of bed to get the day started (I really do; I jump!) relishing every expectation I have. I imagine feeling this swelling capacity in my being, fiber by fiber.
It is Christmas morning, and I’m giddy, barely containing laughter now. I am remembering other Christmas mornings in years past, many of them, magic ones, when I believed in Santa Claus.
Back then, I had often wondered why the Baby Jesus didn’t have a Christmas tree there in the nativity stable, at least not in any of the pictures I saw. I remember my dad trying to explain to me that what He did have, was grace. It was okay that he didn’t have a tree.
So in my Christmas morning moment now, I always pray for grace. I believe my grace is possible too, there with all the other wondrous possibilities we get today.
It happens in my Christmas morning moment, all of it. And again, I believe. Knowing why is not necessary; I just believe.
I am so thankful for you, and that you spend your time with me here in our Managing with Aloha places as you do. I hope the magic of your Christmas morning moment is something you will also feel in your own way, feeling the happy bliss of it over and over again each passing minute of this special day. I hope it bathes you in blessings and continually delights you in its wonder.
Believe the possibilities are there, for they are.
Believe in your grace, for you have it too.
Believe, and give yourself every single gift you will need today.
As I Nānā i ke kumu, and look to my source, I know that the writing of this was greatly influenced by our Twelve Aloha Virtues, for I always think of them in these weeks surrounding Christmastime.
Here is our bookmark link if you would like to reflect on them too: They are the virtues of Hope, Freedom, Humor, Prayer, Vitality, Wonder, Trust, Faith, Grace, Gratitude, Joy, and Peace.
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