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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happy Holidays Enlightened Earth Mates



I’m writing this blog surrounded by twinkling tree lights, Rudolph-red bows, and jingly songs. These are the treasures that I’ve taken out of storage for the holidays, and like a good set of china, I’ve added a few new pieces this year for future generations to enjoy. I love decorating for the season!

For me Christmas evokes a certain glow, which is impossible to purchase with a credit card, and is as priceless as an infant’s first smile. It’s an inner glow, born amidst life’s golden moments and untimely tragedies, burning white hot through the dross of wasted time and producing a hope so pure that it carries me away to a place inside of myself; a large place, where I sense my alliance with eternity.

It awakens me to the magic of who I am, a sister god placed on earth for a season to spark love, inspire faith, and use my heart and hands to lovingly nudge other pilgrims along. It may sound lofty but in reality it’s quite ordinary and practical.

I remember when I was about four, my mother decided to read the story of The Nativity to me. Ma was an enthusiastic storyteller and made a point of stressing that Baby Jesus had no crib or blanket. I guess she was trying to help me realize how blessed that I was. It worked because my little girl imagination was right there in the huddle with the sheep, camels, and angels, peering over at the shivering infant. This vision disturbed me so much that later that evening I pulled the blanket from my bed and knelt before my bedroom window, focusing on the brightest star, and tearfully offered my blanket to Mary. Hours later my mother discovered me fast asleep on the floor cuddled into my blanket.



I recall the desperate feeling of wanting to keep Baby Jesus warm, and rewrite his story so that it had a happier ending. I didn’t realize then that my feelings of goodwill where inspired by my kinship with divinity, and that the true gifts of Christmas were those of love and kindness.

Perhaps Christmas is a reminder to us of why we’re here, representing life on a higher level, and teaching us that it is never too late to rewrite our own stories or inspire the stories of those around us.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or ignore the season all together, the one thing that we all have in common is that we are here on earth together and the best gift that we have to offer each other is that of ourselves.



Happy holidays enlightened earth mates; may the gift of your presence inspire joy to all who meet you, and may your cup overflow with the blessing of knowing exactly who you are.



46 comments:

thormoo T. Davis said...

A wonderful Post and really what I needed to see and feel at this very moment! Thank You for sharing it.

Peace to you Always...

Martha J. M. Orlando said...

Marvelous post, Leah, as ever. Loved your recollection of hearing the Christmas story and offering your blanket to Mary. So touching!
May you have a Merry and Blessed Christmas, too, and may we all touch others with the light of the divine this season and throughout the year!
Blessings!

Leah Griffith said...

Hi Thormoo, it's good to see you. Happy holidays and returned peace...with a big heaping of joy!

sulekkha said...

Leah, what a beautiful message and a great holiday blessing. Thank you and happy holidays to you too.

Leah Griffith said...

Thank you Martha! I'm enjoying the season...holding onto to it so it doesn't slip away. Have a beautiful holiday and keep on blessing the world with your presence.
Hugs,
Leah

Leah Griffith said...

Hi Sulekkha! Happy holidays right back atcha! I hope they're all you wish them to be.
XO

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

I can picture little Leah on her knees near the window. How sweet!

I've been reading your blog for awhile now, and one thing that strikes me is the depth of feeling you create with your writing. I really admire your talent, as well as your cosmic awareness. You make me think and feel every time I read a post. You are wonderful.

Happy Holidays to you as well.

Leah Griffith said...

Karen, I have to say that your words went straight to my heart. Thank you for coming and reading and feeling. Isn't that what we writers want?
You, my sister writer, do the same thing when you write. The ladies in your novel are so real that I can smell their breath. ;)
Have a beautiful holiday Karen.

JANU said...

Beautiful post again..Merry Christmas again.

Shreya said...

Lovely post, happy holidays ☮ :) xx

Kathy said...

Leah...simply put...you are an inspiration.... wow...
you wrote "the one thing that we all have in common is that we are here on earth together and the best gift that we have to offer each other is that of ourselves..."...that you do in such an inspirational manner....thank you!!! warm and enthusiastic smiles to you...kathy

Savira Gupta said...

You are a stunner! Beautiful and your beauty reflects through your words!

Debbie said...

Beautiful post Leah, Happy Holidays to you too!

http://scatteredmusings.net/2011/12/this-moment-friday-ritual-1216/

Dangerous Linda said...

Hi, Leah! --

I love the photo of you. You have a certain glow about you which must be the holiday cheer you speak of ;-)

I'm grateful our paths have crossed -- you have a lovely and inspiring way of looking at and interpreting the world around you.

Thank you for all that you are!

Rimly said...

Oh Leah you are such a wonderful writer and human being. Wishing you loads of happiness, so that you can keep continuing to spread that happiness and cheer all around you.

My moment
http://rimlybezbaruah.blogspot.com/2011/12/friday-moment.html

Julia said...

Leah...you're so beautiful.

That image of you cuddled on the floor with your blanket cracks my heart open, that is the absolute sweetest.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your beautiful words & presence--it warms my heart to have you there.

I hope your holiday overflows with all things good & true.

With love,

Julia

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

What a wonderful post. I particularly like yours words: "the one thing that we all have in common is that we are here on earth together and the best gift that we have to offer each other is that of ourselves" Happy holidays to you and yours. :))

http://mariscamera.blogspot.com/2011/12/this-moment-friday-ritual-bored-border.html

TheChronicR said...

Excellent. This post is so correct on certain points and no less on others. And this, is especially true:

"Perhaps Christmas is a reminder to us of why we’re here, representing life on a higher level, and teaching us that it is never too late to rewrite our own stories or inspire the stories of those around us."

Thank you for this, Leah. Merry Christmas.

Tameka said...

Leah! I love this pic of you! What a lovely necklace of lights. Your post brought a smile to my face and joy to my heart! I think we all can get lost in the material things during the holidays, but nothing is worth more than smiles, hugs, music and songs with friends. Your friends and loved ones are blessed to have you in their loves to spread the cheer! Happy Holidays to you as well dear!

http://lyricfire.typepad.com/lyric-fire/2011/12/lyric-fire-my-first-this-moment-post-.html

christine said...

This one brought tears to my eyes. I love you , Leah

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

Christmas time is so beautiful :)
I love listening to the carols, eating plum cakes and decorating trees :)

May you have a lovely Christmas :) You have a pretty blog :)

Stuart Nager said...

Have a very happy holiday & new year, leah.

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Leah - you're beautiful to look at and on the inside too...this is truly one of the best Christmas posts I've read in the recent past! I'm so grateful to have 'met' you this year..Wishing you love and light over Christmas and the new year. ♥

Jan said...

Wonderful post, Merry Christmas to you and thank you for this. A reminder that life is a gift.

Jessica M said...

This was a great post! I love the warm glow of Christmas lights and enjoyed your reflections!

Chris said...

I'm late to the party, as I've been late for most things late-ly :) Christmas has somehow crept up on me this year and I find myself lost in the heap of to-do lists and wrapping paper and decorations (we decorate on Christmas Eve over here, although I wish we did it earlier so I wouldn't be in this pickle).

Thank you for these warm, enlightening words, Sister God. And thank you for all your posts, your loving nudges, in these past months that I have had the honor of reading. You are wise and strong, you beautiful woman you, and you inspire the rest of us. I wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas, and don't forget to give the gift of 'you' to yourself as well!

Love,

Chris

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

Thank You so much for your wishes :) And thank you for dropping by too :)

Leah Griffith said...

Thank you Janu! Happy Holidays!
Hugs,
Leah

Leah Griffith said...

Happy Holidays to you too Shreya!!

Leah Griffith said...

Debbie, have a magical holiday season!!!

Leah Griffith said...

Darling Dangerous Linda, I am thrilled that life brought us together. You inspire me, and make me laugh, which is truly inspiring! ;)
Have fun this Christmas and then be sure to write and tell us all about it. We live vicariously;)
Hugs!!

Leah Griffith said...

Rimly, I wish we could wiggle our noses and we'd be in a big room together where we could meet. Wouldn't that be fun!! You could be in charge of music and Dangerous Linda could bring the wine;)
Anyway, I'm grateful for the internet and how it has introduced me to wonderful people like you.
Happy Holidays sweet Rimly!!

Leah Griffith said...

Hi Julia,
I love your blog. Your words have a way of getting inside of me and oiling all the rigid places. LOL!! Word magic;)

Happy Holidays sweet sister! I bet you're making magic at your house. You're so creative and whimsical.

Sending love and extra big hugs!

Leah Griffith said...

Thanks Mari,
I hope your holiday is filled with magic and amazing photo opps!
Love and Peace,
Leah

Leah Griffith said...

TheChronicR thanks for stopping by. I hope your holidays are full of everything that inspires and makes you happy.
Peace,
Leah

Leah Griffith said...

Hey gorgeous Tameka my Sag sister!!! You are so right! Material things have their place but nothing can substitute for the people you love.

I hope you dance your way through the holidays and find joy at every corner;)

Hugs,
Leah

Leah Griffith said...

Hi Christine! Thank you honey. I love you too!

Leah Griffith said...

♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫, I love your musical name! I visited you and noticed that our blogs have the same color theme. Nice choice!
Happy Holidays and thank you for introducing yourself!
Peace,
Leah

Leah Griffith said...

Thank you Stuart, wishing you the same!

Leah Griffith said...

Corinne, you've brought tears to my eyes sweet lady. I'm thrilled and honored to have moved you.
I love it when words get inside of me and push things around, like rearranging furniture, so I can see some of the simplest things differently. It's like freshening things up!

Happy Holidays Corinne, I wish you every good thing, and thank you for spreading your Corinne magic around;)
Hugs,
Leah

Leah Griffith said...

Jan, thank you so much. I'm hoping that the magic of the holidays rains down on your pretty head;)
Hugs,
Leah

Leah Griffith said...

Jessica, I turn on the tree lights early in the morning and bask in them all day long. If I could I would probably leave the tree up all year! LOL!
Happy Holidays!
Hugs,
Leah

Leah Griffith said...

Chris, you are never late to the party. You always arrive right on time.

Reflecting on this past year I consider you to be one of the best treasures to arrive in my life. Your no-nonsense wisdom and honesty, coupled with your gift for words and a heart of gold, have brought me so much joy and comfort. I mustn't omit the humor... good gracious your humor lights me on fire and I love it!!!

Sometimes I think you're a survival kit. Yup, you have everything on hand and you share so nicely.

Thank you for this Chris,
Love,
Leah

Jayne said...

Oh Leah--I've missed my visits with you! And to come back to this extraordinary post, and the warmth of your radiating smile, makes me melt. The "glow" of Christmas as the purest form of hope, where alliance with eternity may be found, is a profoundly deep understanding of the true meaning of Christmas.

It is not only Christmas that represents life on a higher level. You, Leah, are a blessed soul, one of Earth's messengers, a pilgrim, who pushes us along to that higher ground.

Thank you for this, Leah. And for the gift of your presence here. Merry, merry Christmas to you and your family. Peace. :)

Bec Owen said...

What a beautiful message, Leah...I so agree that our greatest gift is ourselves...our happiness.

May your holidays be blessed with much love and joy! :)

melissa said...

Wonderful Christmas blessings Leah. You spread so much joy in your page :) and I hope we'll catch this virus too.

Thank you very much for your presence. Lots of love and peace this Christmas :*

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