Here is a story that takes less than ten minutes to enjoy yet its message is timeless.
I’m sharing this read-aloud story with my deepest humility, knowing I am terribly new to this. Certainly I will get better at my recordings, but I read and reread through my old, lovingly worn edition of the book until this version felt acceptable.
Yes I have a bit of a lisp. Yes my equipment is less than stellar. Yes I am self-taught. However it is from my heart and shared with love, therefore I feel it is good enough.
Strong has been the pull from within me to share this story from my children’s youth. Its message is very important for us to understand, all year round but especially at this time of year.
Let us see others as if they are illuminated with the magical light of the Christmas candle, and we will see that we are all members of one family.
Let there be peace, and let it begin with me.
Warmest blessings of the season! Gina
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Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. ~Dr. Haim Ginott
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. ~H. Jackson Brown Jr.
. Here are some fantastic one-page articles about teaching and encouraging kindness in children, even when they’re still toddlers. It’s really never too early to begin. May peace prevail. Namaste. Gina
8 Ways to teach kindness to toddlers and preschoolers, by Tabitha Studer at WhatToExpect.com
Kids and kindness: Can you teach compassion? by Holly Bennett at TodaysParent.com
Teaching Children Respect in 5 Minutes or Less, by Julie Hunt at SmartKids101.com
One of the most helpful things I can do for world peace is create peace within my own heart. As each of us uncovers and reflects ever more peace in our lives, we are fostering peace everywhere. May each of us demonstrate kindness and role model compassion to all those around us, especially young people. Honesty, integrity, and morality are the types of characteristics to embody, live from and look for in others, not racial, religious, or other differences.
“Oh, would that Christmas lasted the whole year through, as it ought. Would that the spirit of Christmas could live within our hearts every day of the year.” ~Charles Dickens
“If as Herod, we fill our lives with things and again with things; if we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action, when will we have the time to make the long, slow journey across the desert as did the Magi? Or sit and watch the stars as did the shepherds? Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary? For each one of us, there is a desert to travel. A star to discover. And a being within ourselves to bring to life.” ~Author Unknown
“The image of Christ being born in a manger symbolizes that God comes forth in a place of humility. Spirit seeks not fanfare, human riches or, accolades, but the simplicity of an open heart.” ~Alan Cohen
Wishing each and every one of us, the entire human family that we comprise, a truly peaceful heart and a peaceful loving world. God bless. ~Gina
First image from sandyhaight.com; All others were randomly sourced.
I know this video of an enthusiastic 4-year-old named Jessica doing her daily affirmations in the bathroom mirror has long since gone viral but I want to share it here because it makes me smile. AND I’ve discovered that if you try to emulate her amazing enthusiasm in front of your bathroom mirror (including swinging your arms, although maybe don’t climb up on the counter) it will make you laugh out loud and feel amazing! I encourage you to try it!
Jessica’s Daily Affirmation
Daily Affirmations of Success
In less than 2 minutes, this video combines soothing music and positive affirmations to inspire and uplift. May you enjoy!
Positive Affirmations for Well-Being
A 3-minute video with lovely music, images and inspiring affirmations to help jump-start your day in a wonderful way!