As we approach the wonderful and magical season of gift giving, I cannot help but reflect on the wonderful gifts I have been a recipient of. Several stand out in my memory: A Casio keyboard that played Rick Astley’s, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” when you pushed the demo button. (I am a product of the ’80s.) A rock n’ roll Barbie and all her bandmates, “The Rockers,” complete with plastic guitars and a cassette tape of their music. (Again, product of the ’80s!) The board game, Clue. Christmas jammies.
We’ve all been given GREAT gifts–gifts that were memorable and special. (I bet if I asked you, you could make your own lists!) But what about our greatest gift? The gift of our lives. The GIFT of mortality that we might gain positive, wonderful, purposeful experience.
This is it–our one great and glorious, crazy and unpredictable, beautiful and important life. And we get to choose what we do with it! Do we choose to relish life as we live it? And find joy in the journey?
Author, spiritual leader, and all-around wise man, Thomas S. Monson, once said, “This is our one and only chance at mortal life–here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help up distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey–now.”
Find joy in the journey. It’s not always easy to do, right? But trying IS always worth it.
I sincerely hope you will seek to find the good in the every day. Find joy in your families and in your friends. Find joy in your varying situations. Find joy in quiet moments and in boisterous ones! Find joy in hugs and smiles and chocolate and winter sweaters and “warm woolen mittens!” (And brown paper packages tied up in strings…HA HA! Cue, “The Sound of Music!”)
Find joy in this blessed holiday season. Remember that YOU are a gift, and that your life is a gift, too. It is grand and significant! You can’t wrap it, and you can’t put a bow on it…but you can cherish it and honor it always.
Merry Christmas, my friends!
I love having Mama Leisha come to share her writing talents with us! She always makes me smile and laugh and sometimes even a little teary eyed.
Hope you have a wonderful Friday!
Much Love and Peace~
Mama Leisha and Ruthie