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December 29 , 2022 /

DAY TWENTY-NINE REVIEW

Today marks a period of time, as does every day and as they accumulate one day at a time we look back at how we spent the day or several of them over a period of time.  It could be each day with the reflections exercise, it could be a weekly exercise or as this

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December 28 , 2022 /

DAY TWENTY-EIGHT LOOKING AHEAD

When we look ahead and project ourselves into the future, do we have a specific plan with details or do we leave space and time for spontaneity?  Or perhaps it is some of both. You may remember this sign:               It is important we have margins so we are

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December 27 , 2022 /

DAY TWENTY-SEVEN CURIOSITY

{Poem by Alistair Reid) Curiosity may have killed the cat; more likely the cat was just unlucky, or else curious to see what death was like, having no cause to go on licking paws, or fathering litter on litter of kittens, predictably. Nevertheless, to be curious is dangerous enough. To distrust what is always said,

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December 26 , 2022 /

DAY TWENTY-SIX SURPRISE

An unexpected gift is often a welcome surprise.  Whether the gift comes as a material object or an expression of gratitude and appreciation, the one making the gift has taken the time and given some thought to honor the recipient.  One such gift came to me from a former student of 30 years ago who

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December 25 , 2022 /

DAY TWENTY-FIVE TRADITIONS

In the Christian tradition, December 25 is Christmas, a celebration of the birth of the central character, Jesus.  Many religious traditions were co-opted from other sources, often traditions that pre-dated the religion and thus were readily available for adoption.  The origins of Christmas stem from both the pagan and Roman cultures. The Romans celebrated two

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December 24 , 2022 /

DAY TWENTY-FOUR TRANSITIONS

As we change seasons, travel from one time zone to another, move from one place to another there is a noticeable shift in our attitude, outlook and response.  When we move from the familiar to the unfamiliar, there is a period of adjustment of adaptation and becoming comfortable with the change.   Change is easier

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December 23 , 2022 /

DAY TWENTY-THREE SOUNDS

Spend the next few minutes listening.  After reading these words and descriptions, shut your eyes to listen and “see what you hear.”   Notice if there are sounds far away or sounds close by. How would you describe those sounds to someone who is deaf and cannot hear?   There are soothing sounds and disturbing sounds,

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December 22 , 2022 /

DAY TWENTY-TWO CONTEMPLATION

Stop for a few moments and take time to really think about what you saw, what you heard or what you read and give that some serious thought by turning it over in your mind.  As you think about it, consider how it affected you. Was it a surprise or was it something ordinary?  Extraordinary? 

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December 21 , 2022 /

DAY TWENTY-ONE – MORE LIGHT

Day Seventeen described light in general terms, the sources of light both natural and man-made. Light has long been a way to celebrate life from the lighting of candles and bonfires to symbols for specific, historical events. We celebrate solstice and equinox four times annually and the world’s major religions all have LIGHT as the

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