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Rays of Love

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Panic set in this week when I realized how many loved ones I still needed to buy gifts for, so I rushed out to a shopping center in an attempt to make a dent on my list. I was walking to my car after the first store and dropped one of my bags. I inched toward a bench nearby to readjust the items in my bags—exasperated, I wanted to give up the rest of the shopping trip and go home. I sat on the bench for a few minutes—sun shining brightly and lovingly, giving me respite to catch my breath. I started to notice the rays of sunshine caressing my face. I got comfortable and started smiling at people walking by. Some people gave me weird looks, but others smiled back. Moms with little ones walked by, and I'd smile, and they waved or smiled.

After a few minutes, I was in a trance, a meditation of sorts, sitting in silence in a crowded courtyard of a shopping center, smiling at others but without thoughts at all. Gratitude started to take over, and the smiles and rays of the sun felt like …

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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Can't We Just Skip Ahead…

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The theme of the past few weeks has been, "Can't we just skip ahead?" Before Thanksgiving, we wanted to skip past the holiday to get our hands on good deals during the big sales. My kids want to skip ahead so that they can get gifts. Some people, myself included, get the holiday blues and want to skip ahead to mid-January. It feels like the focus is on stone-skipping to speed to what's next. Touching down for a half-second to get a taste, but quick enough to move on to the next thing—add to it unrealistic expectations that if we skip ahead to the next day, month, event—the experience is sure to be more idyllic than the last.

We got our shopping done. Let's jump to the "normal" holiday. You know, the next holiday and its slew of imagined "harmonious" events and parties that seem to make it worth skipping through days—in enters writer Elizabeth Lesser's poignant article that touches on the "normal" of life and expectations. Elizabet…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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