Just wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas....I know that this is the year that you are covering for others who have families but the time will come that somebody will be doing that for you. And I know that your heart will soften up in understanding for that person for having once been in their shoes.
I had that opportunity as I was having my hair done yesterday when the young girl doing my hair was in tears having found out just before coming to work that her boyfriend has been seeing somebody else.
My heart broke for her and I got out of the chair and took her in my arms.....I know that Christmas wasn't going to be the same and that the joy was taken out of it for her this year. I tried to comfort her in much the same way I do here.......in fact as I hugged her I thought of many of my friends here especially you, Nini, and gave her a hug in much the same way I would you.
For some reason she let it all out and before I actually left she shared with me how he emotionally abused her and I definitely saw it as a gift being able to be there for her and I stayed an extra half hour after I was done to sit with her. I really felt her pain, as I do yours, my friend, in the sense of your Christmas, which is the season of love, not being all that you wish it to be.
I guess what I really want to say is, look at the day and open your eyes to perhaps seeing one of the gifts He puts in your way. Perhaps it's the smile from a stranger, finding a lost object that you treasured and thought was lost forever, the bell that rings at precisely the time you think of a dear one you lost.....or perhaps the nice gesture provided to you by a stranger or another person He placed in your path to remind you that you are not alone in this world even though at times it really seems that way.
I send you many hugs and much love my dear friend....may your day be filled with many blessings and may the year ahead be full of miracles that allow you to see that everything in the past were the stepping stones to a wonderful future.
Merry Christmas to you and to all that I hold so dear in my heart on HB ~ Goody