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As I think back on the holidays when I was a child, they were filled with family, food and fun. At times there was stress between the personalities, but the joy of the season overshadowed it. In recent years the family has spread out across the world, we’ve gone our separate directions, and those who created those traditions have passed.
Now it’s just my husband Jack, my mom and me. We have created our new traditions that I’ll treasure all my life. I miss my grandparents and my dad. But I have these wonderful memories. Each time I make a holiday pie, my grandma is cheering me on. The twinkle in my grandpa’s eye fills my heart with love. And my Dad is smiling down because he always said things work out as they need to. And they have.
My memories of what was, and what is at this moment, begin and end with love. And when we allow ourselves to lead with love all is as it should be.
People, attitudes, and circumstances … they come and go in our lives.
They change; we change.
In our deepest sorrows, life around us goes on. In our highest highs, we soar and sometimes fall back down … but life goes on.
Regardless of the experience we are having, it is only a moment in time that we travel through. We’re not stuck in it, nor are we defined by it.
Our soul transcends the illusion of time and space. And there is no end. There is a cycle. The cycle is one of physical life.
Each night I say a prayer … an adaptation of one I learned as a child.
“Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray to god my soul to keep. If I shall die before I wake … I know my soul is always safe.”
Regardless of the experience you may be having … your soul is always safe. When you come to realize that, you find peace.