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But isn't that the thing? Always learning that nothing and no one are all good or all bad....
I'm still working on that.
This Christmas time it has all manifested in a feeling of acceptance that is washing over me. A feeling that I will pass along some of what I am to my loved ones and that those parts of me that came from those I was influenced by, in one way or another, will make something worthwhile to share.
In my effort to embrace this idea that I can glean the good out and keep those things, I have found such peace. It is a gift of great proportions.
Although so many of my childhood friends and their families are pretty much either incarcerated, dead or lost in some other way, I have figured out that I carry so much of what is good and wonderful and true about them. And I can use my super sharp memory to pick and choose the great parts and keep them, close to my heart.
This year I am revisiting old recipes, Christmas memories, silly fun times, loyalty known only to those who share a certain kind of life; really just the simple things that are true of all human beings no matter what the situation. It's like a sweet secret in my heart that allows me to bridge some of the old life with the new that is so absolutely different. It's fun to know that the good stuff can always remain, no matter what. And people are people- and there's good in them. Always.
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I wish a true peace this Christmas season, for anyone who shares my life now and to those who have influenced who I am and will be.