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Boxing Day


Boxing Day originated in England where servants had to work on Christmas Day. The day after, they were given off, given boxed presents. Boxing Day.

I went to the news online this morning and found myself on immediate overload: poison gases take lives; mudslides, a terrible life eating earthquake in Iran; air crashes; assassination attempts; orange alerts, and, of course, war.

We are instantly connected now. We cannot claim the ostrich position. We KNOW even when we don't want to. We know the hurt, the pain, the need and we KNOW how very fragile the planet is.

A wonderful man I know sent people he knew a smile for Christmas; a smile to be passed on to others. It can begin with a smile; a helping hand. Sometimes all it takes to be able to carry on is the knowledge that someone knows, that someone cares, that someone stands behind you and tells you, "Yes, you can, my dear." I know what those words meant to me during a rough time.

Yes, we can, we all can if we help each other.

Let me ask you a question. How many of you know the kind of person who literally sucks the air out of a room with their negativity making everyone uncomfortable, edgy?
Let me ask you another question? What are you sending out into the air?

What are we collectively sending out into the air?

What kind of planetary vibration are we setting up?

What is still there of the master/slave, master/servant, them/us view of life?

What can we bring to the planet in the way of concern for each other; what can we bring to positive energy for the planet? How can we be there for each other? How can we rid the planet of the "poor me," us/them kind of thinking that supports negativity?

What if we view the fact that all need the basics: food, clothing, shelter, and love?

Where do we go from there once we have accepted that basic premise of basic needs?

You may find some ideas here: Earth-Link.


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