The Stelladaur Series The Portal Imagine. Believe. Discover. December 2020 Edition
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Whenever I speak, write or hear this delightful greeting of goodwill and wishes, I just have to smile—inside and out, even while wearing a mask! Why? Because it includes four of my favorite words: Merryand Happy. These are two of the words thatremind me to live mindfully, regardless and in spite of challenges. I love any reason for a celebration but Holidays means special gatherings with family and friends. Those are the best! The Christmasseason fills me with magical feelings still lingering from my childhood, and the peace which came with the Christ child, and which is always accessible through Him—for ALL people! Everywhere. And anywhere. So, to all my Stelladaur friends, when I wish you a “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!” I mean it with all my heart.
On Christmas Day three years ago, while on a walk with my husband at the waterfront park, I was so overcome with gratitude for the peace and joy I felt in that moment—even amidst one of the most difficult years of my life—I burst into singing the Christmas carol “Joy to the World”. (See the photos below.) This feeling of peace, hope and joy is my Christmas wish for you and your loved ones today ... and every day.
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I make it a habit to recommit to my writing goals and projects frequently, or whenever I fall behind self-imposed deadlines which can take the joy "write" out of writing! If I wait until my birthday, New Year’s Day, or any certain date to recommit, I miss any momentum I’ve gained along the way. It may seem counter-intuitive to set goals so often, but simply stated, all I need to do is give myself permission to write EVERY day. Certainly, there are days—and weeks—when that mantra is easier said than done!
However, I’m pleased to share with you that, in addition to working diligently to complete “Forever Changed” (Book 4, “Stelladaur” series), I’m writing one of the more than two-dozen nonfiction titles that have been anxiously waiting on my bookshelf writing list. In particular, I’ve outlined a book about marriage. I can’t give specifics yet … the catchy title itself would give it away prematurely! I also realize that my only qualification to write about the subject of marriage may be the fact that in 2021 my husband and I will celebrate 40 years of marriage together. The good, the great, the bad, and the ugly! And the beautiful in between! I figured it would make a wonderful anniversary gift and may shed some light on the subject for other couples--newlyweds, yet-to-wed, or married-for-decades. The real bonus is that Larry agreed to co-author the book!
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The holiday season is a time when we think of gifts we want to give to others and those we’d like to receive. Giving and receiving are both important. (See more comments on this perspective in the next section below.) The Stelladaur quote for this issue is also about giving and receiving. It’s part of a scene taken from Book 1 “Finding Tir Na Nog”, and includes all of page 362 of the novel. Enjoy! It's my little “gift” to you.
Coming towards them on a path in the middle of the rubied sand, a young boy, less than half Reilly’s age, approached. The boy wore a crimson wrap around his lower belly that hung to his knees. His hair was long and wavy, like Reilly’s, but it was a soft reddish color. His black eyes were piercing, and he had a third eye in the center of his forehead—a brilliant ruby. Around his neck he wore a lei of exquisite red flowers. The boy walked onto the mound of moss and stood in front of Reilly and Norah.
“I am Aka-ula, meaning red reflection. This place is called Bozka, or Divine Gift.”
The boy took the lei from around his neck, and another immediately appeared in its place. Aka-ula lifted his arms to Norah. She bent down so that he could garland her with the flowers. “Welcome,” he said. As he removed the lei around his neck for Reilly, another appeared in its place.
“Whatever we give to another will always come back to us,” Aka-ula said. “These flowers represent continual giving and receiving.”
“Is that the Divine Gift of Bozka?” asked Reilly.
“The Diving Gift is love. Love is the most precious of all virtues. Without it, there would be no life. Many in your world have learned something of this love. Come and see.”
Aka-ula led the way along the path from the red carpet of moss and through the rubies. “Look at this one.” He pointed to a particular stone at their feet. Inside it, they saw the image of a nurse holding the hand of an elderly man; she was listening to him talk about his wife, who had passed on decades before. “And this one.” It was a child sharing a cupcake from his lunch bag with a classmate. “And this one.” A man in a grocery store checkout line handed the customer in front of him a ten-dollar bill to cover the cost of the items she wanted to purchase but she did not have enough money.
They looked into several more rubies, each showing gestures of kindness to a person or an animal.
“And this one,” Aka-ula added. A woman smiled at a homeless man as she walked passed him.
“But she didn’t give him anything,” Norah said.
“She gave a smile,” Reilly said.
“Yes,” Aka-ula agreed. “Perhaps it was all she had to give. But Divine Gift never judges or condemns. It is always genuine, given freely, with no expectations.”
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Beyond the Portal
I love surprise gifts! I love to create or thoughtfully purchase gifts for others, and then wrap the gift very decoratively and give it to the recipient. It's also lovely to receive a surprise gift! There is a deep feeling of delight, joy and connection with others in this two-way creative process and shared experience. The size or cost of the gift makes no difference. Some of the best and most treasured gifts cost only a bit of our heart. Whenever I give a gift from my heart—and especially when the person receives it with an open heart—I feel like I'm in Whoville because immediately my heart grow three sizes bigger!
Here is one of my all time favorite quotes about some of the best gifts we can give. Almost two decades ago, I designed this same quote as a simple Word document, printed it on colored paper, rolled it up like a scroll, tied with a gold ribbon, and gave it as a Christmas gift to several family members and friends. I hope it resonates with you and helps to make every day of the coming year a holiday!