I wrote a review of my favorite book, which turned out to be a not so humble brag. I have to admit that Simple Abundance, A daybook of Comfort and Joy, had a very profound affect on me and I just wanted to give Sarah Ban Breathnach a huge shout out, because her book changed my life.
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Unfortunately, I am going to have to postpone the publication date of Electric, The Finale, Book 6 until February 1st, due to conflicting schedules, and some extraordinary events that have made it impossible to publish by, January 1st.
I will however, publish another free chapter of Electric, The Finale, Book 6, on January 1st, to keep you going until the book comes out.
In keeping with the Simple Abundance Theme: I wanted to share my 12 days of Christmas, previous published on my Facebook Author page, that can be read anytime of year.
“On the first day of Christmas, I gave my true loves: The gift of my undivided attention.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
During this season it is so easy to get caught up in commercialism, shop until you drop, mindset. Stop, before you work yourself into a tizzy. I gave up on giving gifts years ago, when I realized the amount of pressure and stress it caused me and my pocket book. You don’t have to give up on everything just because you decided not to get into commercialism. You can always use your gifts, which consists of your time and talent, to make a person smile or ease someone’s suffering. Use your gifts which contain your creative spirit to make this a holiday season one you will remember and enjoy! Peace on earth and good will toward everyone!
“On the second day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of enthusiasm.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
Continuing with my little series, I would like to talk about the gift of encouragement. Everyone needs it from time to time. We all need support from the ones we love. Never take for granted that the people in your life already know how you feel. Be generous with your praise and affection. Resolve to encourage all you meet with your enthusiasm. You never know when a little nudge in the right direction can be just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy your day in every way. Until tomorrow, peace be with you.
“On the third day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of my creative energy.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
It always makes me smile when I hear a person say, “I’m not creative.” I realize when someone say this it is because they don’t realize how creative one has to be just to get through a day. People are always creating and when they come to realize it, they just become more creative. It is like the old adage, ‘thinking makes it so.’ Once you fling open the doors to your creativity a vast array of possibilities lay before you! Whether it is creating: a self image, a warm and cozy settings in your home, or an appetizer, meal or desert, your creativity knows no bounds. You can write a poem, song or sonnet, you can sing, dance or snap your fingers to create a rhythm. You can, color, draw or paint a picture. You can glue a plethora of things together to create something new. There are probably many things that you have on hand to create with, but there are also many stores and websites that can give you ideas. There is no substitute for the feeling you get when you look at something that you have created with a sense of pride and accomplishment. So today explore the many ways that you are creative and share your creativity with the world. It is easy to share yourself with the world via social media. Until tomorrow, I bid you peace.
“On the fourth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Simple Seasonal Pleasures.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
What are the simple seasonal pleasures that immediately come to mind? I have a few ideas: peppermint sticks, hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream, hazelnut, buttered rum, baked squash, sweet potatoes, baked, boiled and fried…roasted chestnuts…Wassail simmering on the stoves of enclosed houses, locking out the cold, replete with apples, cloves, citrus and cinnamon sticks, their aroma wafting through the air adding warmth and cheer. Yule logs burning on the hearth emanating their special scents that fills the air with a feeling of sacred togetherness, a knowing that once it was our only source of heat through the winter months. Snow: men being built by giggling children, balls being thrown to the shrieks and delights of all that gather, shovels scrapping the walkways, sleds racing down hills, skies slaloming down slops, or cross country roads. Ice: skates cutting through a frozen pond, hanging from the gutters of roof tops in spherical beauty, sparkling like crystal in the sun light and on tree branches where the snow starts to melt but decides to freeze, creating a shiny slick surface on the resting trees. The sights and sounds surround us with music coming from the hidden speakers, placed in stores, shopping malls, and on radio waves. We hear sleigh bells jingling and choirs proclaiming, the cacophony of orchestra’s blending in unison sounds that herald back through the centuries….and these are just a few of the Simple Seasonal Pleasures that I share with you, and why it is nice to live in the Midwest this time of year! Keep warm, and keep it simple, there are so many pleasures in life that don’t cost a thing.
“On the fifth day of Christmas, I gave my true loves: The gift of tenderness.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
To be tender, to be sweet…sugar and spice and all things nice: do you remember when you were a child? To be a kid again would be wonderful. It is too bad that we cannot turn back the hands of time, but maybe we can go back in our minds? I can only speak for myself when I say that when I was a kid, I was so open, loving, kind, generous, forgiving, hopeful, and tender! I was tender because I knew what it felt like to be hurt and I never wanted another soul to feel that, not if I could help it. My psyche was a recipe of many different experiences as I am sure your’s and everyone’s is, that is what makes us unique and special, but our shared experiences are what brings us together. So if only for today, try and remember how it was to be young and tender and go out of your way to be kind: forgive someone, and let it be known, as we lighten our hearts so follows are moods, spirit and psyche…today try a little tenderness….and your shared experiences are sure to be enhanced! Until next time, enjoy your day.
“On the sixth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Good Cheer.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
Let’s face it, with our recent social, economic, and political climate it is difficult to be cheerful, but as we steer the negative away from our children, we could also steer our negative thoughts from the ones we love. The negative and positive aspects of our lives always lay side by side waiting for our attention. It is an individual choice which one we decide to dwell upon. When given the choice isn’t it easy to decide? When we dwell on the positive we bring about positive change and those aspects of our life that are good. When we live in gratitude we enhance our lives in positive ways. When we accentuate the positive we bring all that is positive to the forefront of our mind, body and soul. And that which we dwell upon we become. So today live in good cheer, and you will find it becomes a habit year after year. Cheers, until tomorrow.
“On the seventh day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of beauty.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. No matter where you stand on the beauty spectrum, beauty is subjective, fleeting and superficial! But isn’t it wonderful to surround yourself with beautiful things? Money needn’t be an obstacle in acquiring beauty, we can find beauty in a moment, sight, sound or feeling. When we feel at one with the collective consciousness, universe or G*d, there is no more beautiful a feeling. It is after all our objective here on earth. When we live in gratitude, have forgiven everyone their trespasses, and freed our souls to reveal our authentic self, there is no stopping us! So today work on revealing the beauty of your authentic self and share it with those you love.
“On the eighth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The Gift Of Communication.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
This installment reminds me of Saint Francis Of Assisi’s, Prayer For Peace. In particular the line, “…Oh Devine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek…to be understood as to understand…” I find that this particular line has been very difficult for me to live by, because my desire to be understood is so strong! I am not sure of the percentage of people who would stand beside me in this particular instance, but I will venture to guess that it is high. In other words we all tend from time to time be bigger talkers than we are listeners. Have you ever in a heated conversation been thinking about the next thing you are going to say, rather than truly listening to your opponents rhetoric? I know I have. So today try speaking less and listening more to the people in your life. You might be surprised what you learn. We must truly understand the people we love if we are going to communicate with them. Communication is key to developing a great relationship, one that is meaningful, honest, and precious to hold. Until tomorrow, have an contemplative and reflective day.
“On the ninth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The Gift Of Surprise.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
The gift of surprise coming at this hectic time of year might not be very welcome. But is there anything worse than having your expectations dashed? Or being at the beck and call of someone who has the air of entitlement? My guess is no, especially at this time of year when your needs are already put on the back burner. So surprise the ones you love with delegation. Delegate some of those awesome tasks on your todo list and your mood shall improve one hundred fold! And then you will surprise the ones you love with a relaxed and even tempered demeanor for the holidays. Don’t stress out, share the responsibility and your life will enter a new level of tranquility. Just three more days now, breathe deep, until tomorrow.
“On the tenth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The Gift of Wonder.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
I wonder if you know where many of the Christmas traditions that you celebrate actually originated? The Christmas tree for example was brought into the home to protect the woodland spirits from the cold. Little treats were hung on the tree to provide the spirits sustenance, and bells were hung so that an appreciative spirit could ring them. The tree was topped with a star or pentagram representing the five elements in nature. Druids sought out mistletoe to hang above doorways to ward off bad luck or evil spirits in the coming year. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, from this day forward the days get longer, so it was a celebration of the return of the SUN! I wonder if you see the startling similarities? Until next time, peace on earth.
“On the eleventh day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The Gift of Peaceful Surroundings.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
Feng Shui comes to mind with this installment. I found it to be very true that the placement of objects in your home has an effect on the occupants moods and overall well being. Unorganized homes add stress to life because things are always lost. Messy, dirty homes lead to illness. Neat, clean homes are beneficial to the occupants and the base for creating peaceful surroundings. Adding simple touches enhances the atmosphere. Love and light makes your home welcoming and warm so that even your guests want to stay longer to soak up the lovely atmosphere you created. Until tomorrow I bid you peace.
“On the twelfth day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves: The gift of Joy.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
This is the last installment of my twelve days of Christmas. I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I did writing them. For a season with so much preparation and expectation riding on it, it sure goes by in an instant. I am glad that you had the opportunity to stop and read a post (our online version of, smell the roses) it is in the details and small moments that joy resides. It is in that still quiet voice that recognizes beauty, peace and harmony. When everything is harmonious, joy surely follows. Joy comes from contentment, and contentment comes from acceptance. The acceptance of wanting what we have and having what we want, comes from living in appreciation of every thing in your life, taking the good with the bad. Acceptance and appreciation lead to harmony which brings joy to our lives! Today I bid you joyous peace, concentrate on appreciation and acceptance and joy shall surely follow! Happy Holidays!
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