1 Jan 2012
Happy New Year!
Hope you've all ushered in 2012 in a good way - celebrating, renewing your strength and being grateful for friends and family!
Each new year, we hope for the best, yet, we are also anticipating unexpected challenges. Many of us have faced challenges these past few years and may wonder when will things get better. We would love for everything to "to go back to normal" but what is "normal"? If "normal" means not growing, then, I'd rather not have things go back to "normal". I definitely don't want my life to be stagnant and mediocre.
On December 31st, I read a devotional entitled "Ultimate Trust", written by Sheila Schuller Coleman, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries. It is in line with exactly what I wanted to write about in this episode of KaTsZoNe. Pastor Sheila wrote about changes in life. Some of these changes may "go against our natures, or our dreams, or our agendas." She wrote how the Bible showed Moses, Daniel and Paul undergoing hardships and suffering that they did not dream or ask for. If you read their stories, you will see how their trust and faith in God changed them! One person made a difference in their own world.
Since my father passed away in 2000, I have grown in different ways. Up until the year 2000, my life was stable and at peace. I could not ask for anything more. I had no turmoils that would change the way I lived my life - including what and whom I held dear. But, after my dad passed away, my priorities shifted and I grew and matured.
In 2012, I ask myself whether I am accomplishing what I have want to accomplish. Am I spending time on my true passions and are they worth my time and energy? What vision do I have for my future and the future of this world? It's also important for me to spend time with people - not with tons of people, but, people who inspire me and who are caring individuals whom I look up to. I feel that being around positive people is less draining. Fortunately or unfortunately, my spirit is very sensitive to people around me -- I can feel other people's energy and it enters my body. I don't have to see that person, I can already feel their energy. I think it's an animal instinct that is my gift - sometimes, I wish I could just return that gift, but, I guess I'm just born this way. Lady Gaga's song, "Born This Way", says, "God makes no mistakes...Don't hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you're set..." (Full lyrics to "Born This Way": www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/lady_gaga/born_this_way.html). If you have a gift, I encourage you to not ignore it. Do something worthwhile with it and I know God will bless you!
Two things that I feel gifted to do: one is write, the other is to give. I'm writing KaTsZoNe, so, I feel that I am exercising my gift of writing, at least in one way. As for the gift of giving, this Christmas, I GAVE A LOT. I've always believed that I have not been a truly good giver until IT HURTS. This past December, I have given so much - IT HURTS! I gave like my life depended on it as though there will never be another birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year! I had to do what I've aimed to do - GAVE TILL IT HURT LIKE NEVER BEFORE! It might be a good idea to also spread out the random acts of kindness throughout the year - at least, for me! I cried twice in December and I think that GIVING TILL IT HURTS took a toll. Giving is not just a physical action, it is emotional and spiritual. I never would have understood until I did it! It didn't just put a dent in my bank account, even my body hurt. I had what I call shopping bagitis or in short form, shopgitis, which is a result of carrying too many bags and packages! Symptoms usually appear in December, coinciding with my Christmas shopping season. This illness goes away by the beginning of January, but, I have noticed that symptoms of shopping bagitis may not completely go away if there's snow to be shovelled. Those big snow zombies can require lots of arm work. My first attack on the white SNOW ZOMBIES just a couple days ago is just the start of the winter battles that keeps us working hard!
I admit, there are times when I wish I did not live in the land of snow, but, it's also really beautiful to see the ground, trees and rooftops covered with a white blanket of snow! The snow crystals are so beautiful on the glass! Each shape is unique, just like us. I think if we change the way we think, we can shine like crystals even during the harsh coldness in life. Imagine yourself not as a lonely snowflake, but, with good friends around you. There is strength in numbers!
By the way, Chinese New Year begins on January 23rd. For us, it is a bigger event than Christmas and for me, there will be a lot of cleaning, paying off debts, food preparation, etc. because that's our tradition. By the way, the Year of the Dragon is coming up and I will be writing about that in February's episode of KaTsZoNe.
Thanks for joining me for another year of KaTsZoNe!
May God's blessings be on each of you and yours!
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