Enjoying an Advent coffee & cake with Christmas music playing in the background in the days leading up to Christmas, is one of our very, favorite pastimes – allowing us to savor the entirety of Advent and the Christmas season.
Although the camera seemed to be moving in this picture, for some reason I remained still…sometimes life is like that…when we somehow find that we’re out of sync with the rest of the world.
We often get caught up in thinking that life has to be about ‘big things’ – prestige, accolades, fortune and fame – when really it’s about doing all the little things in life…to the very best ability you are capable of.
Creating special moments in life is what really matters and defines you, that you’ll cherish and remember forever – not the ones that filled-in all the time in-between with ‘stuff’ that you’ll never remember again.
Life is often about creating special moments when your heart is at rest…quiet and very still…while watching the setting sun or discovering that a rainbow fills the sky…when all is well with your soul, and you can hear yourself ponder and think.
Looking back at these photos, our family has always lived very quietly and simply; and while others may think it’s a bit boring, I’ve loved the peacefulness we’ve enjoyed through our 26 years of marriage.
David had his own Christmas tree in his room in those days, with the original ornaments my wife and I acquired during the early days of our marriage – traditional German wooden and straw ornaments painted mostly in reds and whites.
Peacefulness is one of life’s most valuable blessings, and while some seem to seek out and fill their lives with hectic drama and confusion…I prefer music, calm, quiet, contemplation, projects and peace.
That explains why Christmas is my favorite time of the year, not for attending high profile parties, but for enjoying the ambiance and nature of what Christmas and the holidays really mean to our family.
Christmas teaches us to savor all the special moments that really matter in our lives…for the True meaning of Christmas, friends and family, the thoughtfulness of a beautifully wrapped gift, the thankfulness for our many blessings and the care we extend to other hearts throughout the year.
I’ve never believed that the world must accept the endless status quo and circle of violence and chaos that has consumed it throughout history…so if I can somehow help bring a little peace to our world, of course, I’ll try.
A few years ago, I researched creating a non-profit organization dedicated to creating World Peace, but quickly learned I don’t have the financial resources to run one…but one day, when God’s willing and my heart’s fully ready and prepared…it just may happen.
It’s peace that enables all other human activities and endeavors to flourish and prosper, including for our family and yours, and perhaps the greatest ingredients to peace are to know you’re appreciated, understood, respected, cared for and loved.
So instead of having a singular, ‘Department of State’…nations should become, ‘Departments of Peace and Love’ – towards their own citizens, as well as, to all the people of our beautiful planet.
The world’s entire paradigm needs to change, from looking at singular issues like the economy, education or defense…to approaching the future in a holistic way, through the lens of peace and love…after which, the rest of the details won’t really seem to matter very much at all.