Christmas has been embraced by religious and secular groups in a very big way. Here’s two statistics for consideration:
Christianity is the largest religion in the world. Approximately 2.38 billion people practice some form of Christianity globally. This means that about one-third of the world’s total population is Christian.” https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/most-christian-countries
Holiday shopping can account for up to 30% of all retail sales.” https://financesonline.com/christmas-shopping-statistics/
Whatever your reason for celebrating Christmas Eve, I wish you peaceful, safe and warm conditions. May you be well.
only one more day
until Christmas – wishing you
a happy morrow
As we approach the giving season, a couple of wise sayings come to mind:
“Some people spend their money freely and still grow richer. Others are cautious, and yet grow poorer. Be generous, and you will be prosperous. Help others and you will be helped.” Proverbs 11:24-25 http://www.goodnewsbible.com
“If you knew, as I do, the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing some of it.” http://www.quuf.org/the-buddha-on-the-power-of-generosity/
While generosity is a common topic across religions, it is also a subject for academic research. See and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK6xbsn1jfw The Science of Generosity at https://generosityresearch.nd.edu/
Whomever or whatever motivates you, please consider giving a little more this year.
Giving and Receiving
if you see a need
then contribute what you can
what goes ’round comes ’round
Autumn Leaves by Patrick J Cole
Losing wealth and status doesn’t have to be a failure. Perhaps it’s just the natural way of life.
Here is today’s haiku:
Ascending no more;
fallen leaves can fertilize
providing free mulch
Autumn Symmetry by Patrick J Cole
I love the sun but too much exposure is not kind to my pale Irish skin. So, today’s holiday reminds me to wear sunscreen protection – everyday.
Don’t forget because sun damage accumulates over time and truly, prevention is better than the cure.
Here’s today’s haiku:
National Sunscreen Day
Don’t forget your shades,
large-brimmed hat and sunscreen too.
Please protect your skin.
“Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Mother of Life
you all comfort and you sting
sometimes you’re a warm summer day
sometimes a frightening stormy spring
sometimes a crisp golden autumn
sometimes a harsh winter snow
cycles continue each minute and hour
let us make time to enjoy the show”
NATURAL BEAUTY AND OTHER POEMS, excerpt from Enjoying the Show, p.5
“Feel the dirt beneath our fingernails, the wet soil of spring gives us hope that winter will finally relinquish the hibernation we once needed.
But now, with glistening drops of rain, fresh daffodils and blades of grass, say ‘Wake up!’ It’s time to stretch again. It’s time to bring forth new life.
We receive, continue, and touch the love that inspires each new moment. Thank you, winter, for allowing us sleep, and thank you, spring for waking us up.
Like each passing day and each month’s new moon, our planet’s seasons refresh our known and forgotten vows.”
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We Still Have Something to Do
Up and down, in an out, what will this day make?
Many things repeat, maybe some things change. Easier yesterday? Not so true today. Taking life as it comes? That’s too hard to take.
Waking up once again; wrong side of the bed. Made your bed? Now lie in it? Can this be true? Are we doomed to repeat ’til we recognize? Waking up simply means we are not yet dead.
Sometimes gay, sometimes not, sometimes we don’t know. Feelings come, feelings go; a cloud floats away.
Rise my friend. Do report. There’s work to be done. Clear your mind and perform ’til it’s time to go.”
NATURAL BEAUTY AND OTHER POEMS, p. 4
We need a change of view, not just sight but heart too.
The snow has fully melted and spring cleaning comes to mind. So many things to do, so many things to undo.
Mend the fences, pick up branches, groom the trails. What are the chances that all of this will be delayed once we find more urgent repairs are needed once the puddles have receded?
We need a change of view; looks like Spring will more than do.”
Natural Beauty and Other Poems, p.40