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The sun sets on another day...

As we get closer to Christmas it is only fair we consider the story "The Gift of the Magi" by o'Henry.

The story is in the link above and far too long of a short story to quote, but the readers digest short version of this short story is about a man and a woman so in love that most cannot understand. The woman has long flowing hair that is the envy of all around. The man has a beautiful pocket watch that is priceless to him. In the story the man sells his most prized possession for a set of combs for her beautiful hair, while the woman sells her hair for a fob for the mans pocket watch. 

Imagine a world where the person you were with was willing to do exactly this, to give up something so precious to them for the sake of the other. In my opinion this is how love and marriage should be, where you are so aware of the other that you would give anything to make them happy, and they you. So consider, what would you give up for your boyfriend or spouse? Would you give everything you are and be what they want you to be, or would you be you, because they felt the same and would give you everything they are as well? People hide behind so much in the myriad of lop sided relationships out there, where one person will do anything, while the other sets limits, or where one person actually sacrifices a massive portion of his or her life while the other allows it. In the end I have hope for all of us.

In my moment of hope I ask everyone to believe in love and what it means as it transcends all that we believe and gives us hope for a better tomorrow and a better life. So whether you believe in yourself, your marriage, God, or nothing, find a way to believe that there is someone out there loving you and hold onto it.

Have a good night, and find your way to truth and happiness.

 

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The sun sets on another day...and we have a Christmas tree!

Today I met a few ladies while looking at International Christmas trees. I told them the story that my father once told when he was giving his time to the Salvation Army. It goes like this:

"Once there was a young lady who came into a saloon looking for money to help her family. As she walked in it was obvious she was very poor by the tattered clothes, and battered shows she wore. She went from table to table at the saloon asking for money and was turned away with sour looks at ever corner. When she came to the bar a rather gruff man was there and looked at her as she approached. 

"Please sir, can you help my family."

The man looked at her with disdain and reached into his pocket and pulled out two bits. Looking at her he took the money and threw it into the almost full spittoon. "There you go" he laughed.

To his surprise the girl walked to the spittoon and reached in with her small hand, and pulled the coins from the spittle. Then using her apron she carefully wiped off the coins and walked back to the man who was in a state of shock. 

"Thank you so much sir", she said with a tear in her eye, "and god bless you."

she left the bar and the man did not pick up his drink. The story goes he turned around his life and became one of the most generous men around, and an active member of his church. 

After I told this story to the two women they were beaming, and thanked me for taking the time to talk to them. I too (In my opinion) had tossed a few coins without the spittoon and told them I told this story when I could, and always with a tear in my eye.

The point of it all is, it is easy to say you are a christian. It is easy to make the appearance of being a christian, but perhaps the truth is a bit more hidden and eventually finds a way.

Live life, live the TRUTH, and love every day like there is no other. Sleep sweet and watch the stars, I will be watching too.

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The sun sets on another day...

It is ten days before Christmas. So much has happened over the last year it cannot be easily quantified. 

I will choose this day, the 15th of December to make a shameless plug. I am now over 30,000 words into writing a novel, Tonight it may well approach 35000. Watch for more details soon as I write about an Assassin with a heart who found passion through the sacrifice of someone else, and made a better world for himself and his girlfriend.

Shameless plug complete. I hope everyone has a super night and makes their day and night the best it can be.

 

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The sun sets on another day...

Ever feel a million things at once? For some time now I have felt more than a little of everything, it seems to be overwhelming at Christmas as you consider the magical question: "What if". The holidays can be taxing on many people because of this and I can tell you that it should be very taxing on me. Perhaps inside it is, but for now, I am bathed in the warmth of my soul, and the belief that sometimes life finds a way. (For all you Michael Crichton fans, we are not building dinosaurs now)

So as you feel despair over a family member you miss consider those you still have! As you feel lost without someone you love, Be happy you loved at all! As you feel overwhelmed with school or work, remember there are many who do not get that option. As you worry about what gift to get, remember there are those who can give nothing. Finally, as you worry about what you may get, remember you get the gift of life every day. Love life like never before, and be happy....