How Often Are You Festive?

This is a response to the one-word prompt “Festive” by “The Daily Post.”

On this Christmas day, I would hope that all of you are or have been in a very festive mood;  I know I have been. Yet the question is why can’t we always be in a festive mood daily throughout the year. Yes, things happen and we often get very busy doing everyday life things, but that is no reason to not be festive about all the good things that happen or go right in our lives each and every day. To be festive is to enjoy all the things that life has to offer, and not let things get you down. It is not just about celebrating on a certain day or occasion for a specific reason (although that is a good reason).

There really is no reason why one can not be in a festive mood every day, or at least try to be. Think about how much better you would feel if despite not everything going your way (Does it ever?) you could keep such a positive attitude. The good news is you can do so by focusing on whatever it is that has gone right, no matter how small or unimportant it is.

So how often is it that you find yourself in a festive mood; a lot or not that much? If not much, then why is that the case? Why don’t you have reasons to be more festive in your life? The real answer to that if you truly think about it, is that you do have reasons to be more festive, a lot more reasons. So be festive, and enjoy life by doing so all the time not just on special occasions. There is really no good reason why one cannot be festive more often in life.

"The Christmas Shoes" Meaning Of Christmas

Every year at the start of the Christmas season or as those of the Christian faith call it the “Season of Advent” when Christmas songs start playing all the time on the radio, I always look forward to my favorite Christmas song “The Christmas Shoes.” This song really does most aptly and wonderfully pick up what Christmas is really all about and what it is not really all about but seems to be a lot of the time.

Christmas, besides for Christians being the time to celebrate the birth of our “Lord and Savior” Jesus Christ; it is a time of hope, optimism, and caring for one’s fellow human beings. And while it is true that one should be caring for their fellow human beings all year long; the Christmas season has traditionally been very special in just bringing out the caringness of people more than usual.

Unfortunately, that is not all we get during the Christmas season. We get overspending, crowded stores, and people rushing about this way and that, and not caring about the person next to them or in front of the line to the cash register. Yes, we all want to make sure we get the right gifts for our family and friends in time, but we cannot forget what the “spirit” of Chrismas is all about. Even if you are not a Christian and don’t celebrate Christmas for the birth of Jesus Christ the “Lord and Savior” which I am and do; you can still celebrate Chrismas for the joy, Caringness, and the fellowship of humanity that it can and often does bring.

Sometimes it is the “little things” such as a song that make us remember these important “big things” such as the true meaning and “spirit” behind the Christmas holiday season. But when we do, those “little things” are all the sweeter, and we enjoy ourselves and those around us more.  So as you do your Christmas shopping and chores, remember to take in the “spirit” of Christmas and help out those in need. Merry Christmas!





Why Do People Like Fishing?

This is a response to the one-word prompt “Fishing” by “The Daily Post.”

What is it about fishing that makes it such a popular sport and enjoyable activity? Why is it,  one can enjoy sitting for sometimes hours with a pole with a line attached in the water of a lack, stream or even the ocean; and not catch anything, yet still find the whole experience relaxing and just plain enjoyable to have done? The answer lies in the relaxing. There is just something about being outside with nature with nothing to do and no cares in the world, but holding that fishing pole and waiting for a bite that just “refreshes” the mind.

Fishing is love not for the fish that one may catch (though that is nice) but for the time spent doing so. In a lot of ways, fishing is a lot like hunting in that both take place surrounded by nature and require a lot of time and patience. Both activities are relaxing and enjoyable because they help us to get back to our “roots” and commune with nature. They are not fast pace like today’s modern society or filled with the anxiety of having to get a job done at work by a certain time. Fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities are fun, relaxing, and enjoyable just because they are.

There is no real surprise or unexpectedness in the activities that you can get in the rest of life. They are what they are. You either catch a fish or several or bag a deer or other animal you are hunting or you don’t. Either way, there is no real pressure. That there is the key to the popularity of the two and other outdoor sports.

So are you overstressed by your busy days at work? Are you tired of being tired with no enjoyment in your life? Then take up a fishing pole or a rifle and go and enjoy a weekend with nature. It does not matter if you get anything or not (though it helps) you will have a fun and relaxing time, because of the fact that you are not pressured any to succeed, but just spend time, on you and nature.

What's Missing?

This is a response to the one-word prompt “Missing” by “The Daily Post.”

“Ok, where did I put my cell phone; where did my car keys go.” These questions and others like them will every now and then, rear their ugly heads in my life to frustrate me to hell. It does not happen a lot, that I end up missing something, but the “problem” never fills to come back at some point and usually at the most inconvenient of times. Does this happen to you too? I am sure it does, in this crazy, busy, and fast-past world that we live in somebody is always missing something at some point.

Lossing or misplacing something is in my view, one of if not the most irritating and constants drawbacks of life. You never know when it will happen to you, and when it does it can be so unpredictable.  Most times,  when you do lose something, you can usually find it right away but every once in awhile the missing item really “plays” hide and seek, with you either taking forever to find it, or not being able to until you have longed given up and then later it just shows up, either in the most unlikely/surprising place or in a place you had already looked for it several times.

That there is the most frustrating part of the whole deal; not the fact that I had lost/misplaced something, or that I could not find it, but that it will often times, show up in a place I had already gone over and when I no longer need the thing. Missing something is never a fun experience and can/does cause a lot of stress. So are you currently missing something, and do you “miss” things a lot? My advise if it does not show up right away, just walk away, and do something else, and eventually it will show up on its own.

Protest, But Protest With Love

This is a response to the one-word prompt “Protest” by “The Daily Post.”

To Live in the United States is to live with the protest; the ability to redress one’s grievances and stand for or against something. Since its founding, there has been a long tradition of protest movements such as the civil rights movement, the women rights movement and so on. At the same time, there has also been within these movements and others an ugly side to peaceful protest, that being rioting and responding with violence on the part of the protesters. When one protests, he/she should do so with love, not hate.

The goal of protesting is to peacefully advocate for some form of change in either society or government policy or both. This can work when others see you protesting and bringing an issue to light and may sympathize and even agree with you. But only if they can relate to you and your cause. They will not be able to relate or react positively at all if instead of peaceful protests, there is rioting in the streets, with looting and destruction of property, and even violence against fellow man.

Love of fellow man/human beings is what changes hearts and minds and improves this world that we live in. Hatred only hardens the heart and mind and makes things worse for everyone. Love unites, and hatred divides and destroys. So the next time you believe there may be an injustice in the world and are pulled to protest that injustice to bring attention to it, do so with love and not hate. Love those behind the injustice and only hate the injustice. As St. Augustine has said, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”


To Slip Through One's Fingers

This is a response to the one-word prompt “Vanish” by “The Daily Post.”

Do you know the feeling of wanting something badly only for it to “vanish” from sight? Or what about seeing an opportunity “slip through your fingers” and only then realizing the chance you had after you lost it?  I seriously doubt that there is anyone on the planet or in the whole history of humanity that has not felt that deepening loss of something slipping through their fingers at least once.  The thing to remember when we do see an opportunity vanish before our eyes; is not to be discouraged but rather encouraged.

There will always be opportunities in one’s life, and there will be so many that we will never be able to take advantage of all of them. In fact, a lot of opportunities require you to either give up another or have missed another one. When you have an opportunity or anything you want actually “slip through your fingers” or pass you by; it can be the best thing that ever happens to you if you realize what you could have had and what caused it to “vanish.” When you do, you are able to learn from the experience and be extra motivated to do better for when the next opportunity comes along.

To have something “slip through your fingers” is nothing to really be upset about (although it can be) but rather it can be a rewarding experience for those willing to learn and adapt. For those that are, the experience/s can and often is one of the most important factors in their later success/es in life. So when was the last time you had something “slip through your fingers?” What did you learn from the experience; did you learn something? Don’t dell on miss opportunities, but instead, learn from them.



Is Sacred Over Rated?

This is a response to the one-word prompt “Sacred” by “The Daily Post.”

Once upon a time the word sacred actually meant something; it should still mean something in today’s world and for some it does. Yet, I cannot help but fear that the weight and meaning behind calling something sacred is somewhat lacking. According to Merriam-Webster to be sacred, something is to either be worthy of religious veneration, entitled to reverence and respect or highly valued and important <a sacred responsibility>.

Looking at those definitions of sacred, we can see that they do still apply in that religion still plays a very important role for many people all over the world, but especially in the United States, and that there are institutions and documents that are very much respected and cause a deep sense of responsibility, (the military, Constitution of the United States, Declaration of Independence). Yet, we also tend to us the word sacred as applied to almost anything that we give value to or view as important to ourselves and or society.

The biggest example I can think of is our politics where politicians will “defend to the death” certain programs and what not because they are “sacred.” I also find that people will tend to call anything sacred if they are in danger of losing it and want to keep it. In both cases,  the things being called and treated as sacred, while may be very important and have great significance to individuals and society at large, don’t rate the high level of respect that being “sacred” does. Being important and valued is not enough to be sacred. To be sacred, something needs to “transcend” its self from the rest of the world. It needs to be bigger than the people and the world.

Even those things that we have traditionally held to be sacred and hold to the requirements of being sacred such as our religions (churches), governing documents, and institutions (military) for those who do hold these things as sacred, it is in a lot of cases a water down version of sacredness. (We honor our military men and women yet use them and abandon them.) By opening the door to what we hold as sacred we have diluted what it means to be sacred, thus lessening the importance of “truly” sacred things.

So is “sacred” overrated in today’s world? Yes, and no, I believe it is much more complicated than that. Yes, to the fact that those things that are truly deserving of being held sacred are not really treated as sacred even if they are respected, and yes to the fact that things that don’t really match what is sacred are held up as such. But no, to the fact that sacredness has really lost its meaning and “power.” That “power” may have diminished but is still there just waiting to be revived.