Reflection (December 21)

Reflection (December 21)

If we are people with crowded schedules, full of useful work, that is not necessarily a bad thing, but we need to take time for reflection. We need to pause and reconsider our values. We may need to improve our principles.

Childlikeness (December 20)

Childlikeness (December 20)

Things like pride and cynicism can interfere with the quality of our lives, often tragically, and the only way to avoid them is to hang on to a healthy measure of childlikeness. Our children can teach us how to be better adults.

Refreshment (December 19)

Refreshment (December 19)

Refreshing people are worth their weight in gold, and we need actively to cultivate friendships with them. But even more important, we need to cultivate the qualities of refreshment in our own characters. We need to be refreshing people!

Passion (December 18)

Passion (December 18)

When we see passion as a force that helps us rightly relate to other people, we’ll want more of it. Much more is involved in our passion than selfish desire. We honor — and help — those around us when we care deeply about the things we care about.

Joviality (December 17)

Joviality (December 17)

There’s really nothing in life more pleasant than shared joy. So at this time of year, we need to be grateful for those with whom we have the privilege of being jovial. Winter is just beginning. Before it’s over, we’ll need the memory of some mirth!

Sanctuary (December 16)

Sanctuary (December 16)

If we won’t extend unconditional love, we need not be surprised that others don’t feel safe in our protection. But we can grow in love, and there isn’t a better reason to grow in them than the desire to offer other people a sanctuary in our hearts.

Daring (December 15)

Daring (December 15)

It’s a plain fact, life often comes to us as a challenge. And if we back away from it, we shrink our stature and constrict our character. The abundant life is not for wimps. It’s for the brave, and “fortune sides with him who dares” (Virgil).

Encouragement (December 14)

Encouragement (December 14)

Much of the time, what other people need consists of things we can’t provide. But encouragement is something we can always provide. It’s the most doable thing in the world. It doesn’t take genius and or wealth. It only takes a caring heart.

Remembering (December 13)

Remembering (December 13)

We must reach forward, but if we disconnect ourselves from the past, we risk making some very foolish mistakes. We dare not forget where we’ve been and what we’ve experienced. If we forget our past, the present can hardly lead to a better future.

Betterment (December 12)

Betterment (December 12)

We ought to improve every situation we deal with, if only in some small way. And when we’re dead and gone, may we have set such an example of betterment that even our memory will motivate others to strive for better things in their own lives.

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