Quotes to Live by This ChristmasArticle by: Jennifer Clark, PA-C, MPAS
Published in the Lynn Haven Ledger, December 2011
What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ~George Eliot
The holiday season is here, and as Christmas draws closer the news is saturated with stories of frantic shoppers using pepper spray to gain an advantage, people dying in wars and conflicts that may not make any sense, families that are divided by distance or pride, and people across the world who are suffering. Knowing all of this can certainly be depressing, which is why I feel like it is important to take a moment this Christmas and talk about love and family. All too often we take our relationships with others for granted; letting life and our careers get the best of us. Thankfully certain reminders surface along the way that bring our hearts back to where they should be.
Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter. ~ Brad Henry
I have personally been guilty of taking family for granted very recently. I had been so busy with life, that I unknowingly seemed to put my relationship with my husband and my family on the back burner. It finally took one night of my husband confronting the issue for me to realize it was even happening. I had lost sight of the little things that make our family so special. We promptly went out on a mandatory date night and spent several hours talking and nurturing our relationship. Since that night I have felt my blinders have been removed and I am seeing again how vital our time with family is. The joy in our childrens eyes as they anticipate the gifts they will receive, the heartwarming feeling as you watch loved ones open a gift, the traditions passed down for generations in families every Christmas, random acts of kindness and humanity, to the priceless moments we share with each other every day.
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family. ~Thomas Jefferson
Christmas literally means mass (or celebration) of Christ (the anointed or one set apart by God for a special purpose). Whatever your religious belief may be, Christmas is a holiday that has been treasured by people across the world for centuries. Sadly, for many people it may mean sadness, due to loss of a loved one, difficult economic times, separation from friends and family, hunger, or loneliness. My hopes in writing this is that it serves as one of those special reminders to each of you that while these are certainly hard times, it is important to remember the power of love.
We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love. ~Mother Theresa
As you prepare for the holiday remember what it is truly about and how important loving one another is. Go out of your way with gestures of love and humanity. Love your families with every ounce of your soul, embrace the moments you have together. God Bless you all and Merry Christmas.