The Scary Scary Christmas Story of When My Brother was a Cheap Skate.

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photo by Julie Waterhouse

Degifting:  The act of replacing useless and pointless merchandise with something more meaningful, such as a charitable donation, service project or holiday party.

 

My brother has always been into “degifting.” It is actually a swell idea … especially if you do not have any money for Christmas … make it all seem like a big political choice or some benevolent act on your part.  Like who actually checks up on whether the village in Africa actually got a new well so everyone could have clean drinking water or counts how many of those turtles swimming the ocean are tagged with your name?? Continue reading

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Today’s Food for Thought

circle of compassion

At Christmas the true nature of people becomes evident as some people, in spite of the spirit and feelings of love that so many feel,  become even crueler and more focused on self.

I cannot imagine anyone who regularly goes through their life saying and doing things to others that destroys people and their lives.  I cannot imagine being so callous and cruel.  Of course we all do things without thinking or when we are not as sensitive as we should be and especially when we did not know what we said caused pain … but that is very different from people who seem to take pleasure in their efforts.  While many of us would not be able to sleep thinking that someone else was in pain or crying because of something we said, others seem to thrive on it. Continue reading

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“Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we keep trying to slay them in the outer world. And we find that we cannot. For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there that we must do our work.”   Marianne Williamson

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“You are the only person who is in charge of how you feel about yourself. Nobody else can possibly do that. You get to decide if you believe you are beautiful or not, and nobody can take it away from you. If someone suggests that you aren’t beautiful, you can consider how sad it is that they have such a limited view of beauty. You can consider how unfortunate it is that they have such an exaggerated sense of self-importance that they think you should care about what they think. You can also choose to realize that it has nothing at all to do with your beauty and everything to do with their limitations.”   Ragen Chastain