With the holiday season suddenly here, we are left to reflect on the events of the last year and consider what lays ahead for the next year. For some, the holidays are full of merriment, love, and joy for family, friends, and even compassion for complete strangers. For others, painful memories from days gone by lends to magnify and sadden the lonely and less fortunate.
I firmly believe that we create our own destiny from resources at our disposal and experiences in our “tool box.” We teach others how to treat us, and by creating healthy boundaries, we carry ourselves through life and try to connect with other people. I have personally been trying, for the last couple of years, to live more in the moment. You know the saying: “The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
I was lucky to receive this reminder the other day from my Brother-in Law, and I share it with you today with Love & Gratitude…
Come Sit At My Table
There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.
“Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”
I feel very fortunate this year. In July, I married my best friend, “The Captain!” I have been blessed with three great step kids and we are going to be grandparents in January! We have one daughter who also got married this year and is finishing up her college degree. I am grateful that we are all healthy and free of burdens that are insurmountable. We are all exactly where we are supposed to be …
What I am most grateful for is the opportunity to interact with each of YOU! I have met so many wonderful people in all corners of the world. I talked to three customers on three continents in one morning last week. I really enjoy helping you with making decisions to decipher if yurt living is right for you, and how to equip your yurt. I have to say that creating custom floor plans for you is probably one of my favorite tasks.
My gratitude extends to my co-workers. I work with an amazing team of individuals who are passionate about making the best yurt on the planet. We consider ourselves “World Class” in our industry. We are revered for what we make, for our superior engineering, and extremely proud of our extraordinary customer service. And we are friends, a nucleus, a family.
We care about each other and have respect for each other. I really love my job! How many people can say that and mean it? I consider myself very blessed – again.
This holiday season, I am fortunate enough to be with our extended family in Costa Rica, enjoying each others company and making memories. In attendance is my 83 year old Dad, two of my four brothers and their families, and several young-adults (5 under the age of 22!) for a total of 12 – staying in a rented villa; and all are enjoying the sights and sounds of the rain forest, beaches, zip lines, and volcanoes. I am doing some interactive yurt spotting and consulting while I am here too 😉
Whatever your plans for the holidays, take a moment to look around and summarize the beauty around you, the people around you and the opportunities that surround you. Take a moment to be grateful, express your gratitude to others, share your praise, dance and sing like no one is watching! What a blessing!
May your season be filled with magical memories and gratitude!