Merry Christmas, darling. I know that by the time you read this, the packages have been unwrapped, the latkes of Hanukkah are a memory and you may be contemplating putting away the holiday decorations.
Our holiday celebration was un-traditional and very low-key this year: just the two of us enjoying some quiet time. We slept later than usual, lingered over coffee, and worked on some projects we want to finish before the New Year – some writing for me, the scanning project for JB. We also watched some favorite holiday movies.
One of my favorite holiday movies is Miracle on 34th Street with Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood. The acting is, of course, superb, but it’s the theme that draws me in every time. The soft undercurrent of how the intangibles of life are really the most important things.
Most of all, I love the scene where Maureen O’Hara tells her daughter that “Faith is believing in things even when common sense tells you not to.” And little Natalie Wood sits there repeating to herself “I believe. I believe. It’s silly, but I believe.”
I believed in Santa long after my friends stopped believing. I think I was in the 6th grade when Santa stopped leaving presents at our house. My mother had grown tired of the game and told me that she thought I would have caught on much earlier. Intellectually, of course, I knew that Santa wasn’t logical, but my heart and soul held onto the concepts surrounding Santa: love, faith, generosity, mystery and magic.
So, I chose to have faith and believe that Santa would bring me an orange for my stocking each year.
Though Christmastime is behind us, I am writing this to you on Christmas day and wanted to remind you – and myself – about the power of believing. That we can hold to believing in mystery and magic. That we can believe in love and the generosity of the human spirit.
And most of all, having faith.
There’s a lot to be said for faith in our everyday life, not just now at Christmas.
Each and every one of us is creating a life, even if we’re doing it unconsciously. My divorce was final 10 years ago this month. During the decade since that turning point, I learned that I didn’t have to simply allow things to happen. I could choose to make them happen. Sometimes, we need to be reminded that we get to choose our path because, honestly, some days (or weeks) are harder than others.
It would be easy to simply say “I am not meant to create a life I love” or “A rough spell means I’m not meant to get what I desire.” A bump in the road – a rough day or a challenging few weeks doesn’t meant that we aren’t meant to live consciously. We have to continue to believe in our dreams and have faith in ourselves.
Faith is about remembering that we are worthy of being loved, being accepted, and seeing our dreams come into our reality. Belief is about taking the challenges in stride. Belief is about having a crappy day and choosing to start fresh the next day. Belief is about sensing that we are on the edge of a new evolution and way of living, and, even if we aren’t quite living it yet, we one day will.
You are a sacred and beautiful gift to the world, my darling. Remember to believe in the truth and beauty of your deepest desires. Just because you aren’t seeing immediate tangible results doesn’t mean that a life that your dreams aren’t becoming real.
Hang on to the belief in your dreams and have faith, especially on the days that seem the most challenging. Don’t let common sense steer you away from the kind of life you deserve to live. Because the truth, darling, is that what matters most in life is that we hold on to our belief. Invite and welcome into your life the intangible things like Peace, Magic, Serendipity and Passion. And let us not forget Love and Faith.