Tis the holiday season with so much to do, see and share. It is the busiest time of the year with festivities, parties and partying. Today, I ask you to be the joy of the holiday season!
Joy is an internal feeling, one that wells up and out of you like bubbles from a champagne glass. One of my best traits is I am usually happy, sometimes (like today) I am over the moon happy. For no damn reason at all.
My sister and few of my closest friends call me sunshine. Trust me, I am a moody bitch at times but those times do not last long.
For this season, I am asking each of you to be the joy, bring the light to the last days of 2015. No matter how difficult it may be, someone needs you to bring them joy, to cheer them up, to remind them they are not alone in this life.
There are so many reasons to be happy, the very first one (and the one I used to hate hearing the most) was because you are still here. YOU are a survivor! With all the insanity flowing and growing in our world, you are still standing. That is a reason to celebrate considering all the lunatics we have in this country.
Last holiday season, we had just lost my sister Lisa. This year in March, my baby sister had a massive heart attack and we literally did not know if she would survive until July. That means I missed my birthday and Mother’s Day, not knowing if by December we would be grieving two sisters in less than a year.
Thank God Patty proved to be a warrior. Despite losing a leg from blood clots, she has risen to occasion and is rocking her new, sexy leg. She is moving so fast she reminds me of how my niece only crawled for 2 weeks before she got up and started running behind her cousins!
We are here to be the air under each other’s wings. It is up to us to ensure that every day, we make at least one person smile, by bringing a little joy everywhere you go.
If you are feeling ambitious, create a gratitude jar for 2016. I created one in 2014 and forgot to read the “happiness” I had given thanks for until January 1, 2015. This year, I will begin reading my “joys” around mid-December to ensure I have the jar empty and ready for all the joys of 2016. All you need is an empty jar and some colorful pieces of paper (2”x2”). You are not writing a book, you are jotting down things you are grateful for, in little bit sized pieces.
I hope the New Year brings you all the joy your heart can handle. Pour in a mate who gets you for you and sprinkle on some love and appreciation and sip to your heart’s delight.
Happy New Year!
Michelle D. Smith
Michelle D. Smith is a visionary and spiritual warrior seeking to share awareness with many. She uses words as her sword and the love and grace of God as her shield. She has a spiritual blog in which to enlighten and uplift. She is a soon to be published author and a monthly relationship column on Black Refer.com. The different niches for each allow her to reach a variety of people to amuse, entertain and inspire.
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