Thankful always for my parents tender loving care whenever I am with them, I am surrounded by glitter, sparkles, angels, snowmen and Santa here at their beautifully decorated home.
Sitting around the kitchen table, with coffee in hand, Mom’s zucchini bread, Dad’s peanut brittle and a turkey with my favorite stuffing in the oven, we talk, share pictures & stories, send texts and photos to family and friends near and far. The neighbors drop off treats… it is a warm, sweet and good holiday.
I am always humbled by the beautiful people in my life and grateful for every moment, experience and lesson that we have experienced together. To the Cooks, Newmans, my sweet husband Jim, dear friends and family, a merry holiday to all the things we all celebrate.
Holidays are wonderful but also hard, so much nostalgia and longing for times and people who have past or when things have changed or are no longer so. I too am looking forward to a new year and wish everyone a truly Happy Holiday season. A few thoughts from my heart to yours. Because I believe, to quote my favorite holiday movie, “If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."
When you love
You say it
You show up
You lean into impulse
You give of your whole self.
So many different kinds of love
The invisible strings that connect us
The people you want to be with
To spend the time
To make the trip
To say the words
You feel the connection
From near or far.
This is what we lead with
This is what brings and gives us hope
Where love is love is love.
There are a lot of “F” words that go along with “Love and Loving”.
And I like all of them
Forgiveness, Fierceness, Friendship, Fight, Forever and a few colorful others.
The one to kick out of your loving bed is “Fear”.
I think that word is worse than “hate”
because fear IS the catalyst for hate.
I see where it has derailed my own life
My friends, families lives
Our always tumultuous world.
Every moment I am working on
Letting go of fear and
Leaning into and giving love
Every type and form that I am lucky enough to have
With many people and the world.
When you love
Know that people feel it
And it is the best thing that exists.
So give it up
Give it out
Never be afraid of it.
Those that don’t deserve it
Will leave your gaze
(or you drop them like a hot rock, oops)
And those that absorb it, will bask in it
And reflect it back to you
As it should be.
When you love, you are brave.
When you love, you are vulnerable.
When you love,
you are the strongest person in the world.
And that is how you win
Your life, it is the greatest passion play written
Sing your love hallelujah
So I tell you that
I love you, oodles
Thanking each of you for so many things
Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays
and a deeply beautiful new year.
When do you love?
Right now, sugar, right now
Tis the moment.
Written by Head Maven & CEO, Heather Newman, Creative Maven
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