Giving The Gifts That Mean The Most: Joy, Peace, Hope

Regardless of how difficult times are, there are gifts that we can give that don't cost anything.  These are the gifts of joy, peace and hope.

Joy is the ability to see the positive in all things. A great friend of mine does just that.  After serving in the Air Force as a C-5 aircraft commander in the first Gulf War, she came down with a disabling disease. Also, she has a teenage daughter with cerebral palsy.  But, every time I talk or visit with her, she gives me the gift of joy.  Her life is tough and challenging every minute of every day, but she is always positive, kind, and thoughtful.

The gift of joy.

Peace is the ability to be calm and understanding at all times. One of my favorite airline captains had a sense of true peace.  Regardless of how frantic things got in the cockpit, or how ugly someone treated him, or how unfair life seemed, he never got upset or angry.  His peace permeated everyone around him.

The gift of peace.

Hope is to know that regardless of how tough things are, tomorrow will be better. The barrage of today's negativism, anger, and fear leaves many people hopeless.

The true American spirit is the belief that anything is possible, that anyone can achieve any goal, and that we can overcome anything when we work together.  This spirit is what binds us together as Americans.

Tomorrow will be a better day.  We will survive these dark days.  We can achieve anything.

The gift of hope.

My family will celebrate this Christmas together.  We will work to give one another these gifts that cost nothing but reflect the best of the human spirit.

I hope that you and your family, as you open presents around the tree, will have the opportunity to give the gifts that really matter ...  joy, peace and hope.

We do wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday Season.

Jane, John and the gang!

Tags: 2010 elections, congressional races, hope, Jane Dyer, joy, peace, SC-03, South Carolina (all tags)

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Thank you.

The true American spirit is the belief that anything is possible, that anyone can achieve any goal, and that we can overcome anything when we work together.  This spirit is what binds us together as Americans.

This is also what makes us idiots.  Tomorrow will, in many ways, be worse than today.  We are a class-based society, and more people need to admit/learn that -- where you end up is largely a function of where you started.  But we are also a stubborn species -- we will fail to accomplish most of what we attempt, but we will probably do what we must to survive.

But joy and peace are sorely lacking around here.  I applaud you for promoting them.

by TexasDarling 2009-12-23 07:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Thank you.

I hope that more people realize exactly what you say and then that we can bring real change that gives people back the American Dream.  It is not exactly possible anymore unless you figure out how to game people and leech their money out of their pocket and in to yours.  Unfortunately politics is one of the best ways to do that.

Still, this is a lovely diary and I pray and work towards real change.

In a sermon several years ago, my pastor talked about what would happen if you named a little girl Joy.  Would she be reminded day to day to be joyful?  I would like to think so and have a secret plan to talk one of my sons in to naming one of my hoped for grandchildren Joy.

by TeresaInPa 2009-12-24 06:05AM | 0 recs
Preach!

Merry Christmas, all!

by chrisblask 2009-12-23 09:49PM | 0 recs

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