The Holidays Are Here!

Holidays, Holidays, Holidays! Yes, I am repeating myself, but the reality is this: it is now THE Holiday Season.

And while this special Season of Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years is usually designated as a time for enjoyment and fun, the holidays (and other special days) can also be difficult, as we who have lost loved ones — especially recently — recognize.

For many folks right now, especially in some of our most beautiful States hit by tragedy — for example, the California fires — events are taking their toll on many lives and families. Thankfully, there is an outpouring of Love from people who want to help.

I have always admired those volunteers who step up to help others in need. Performing “in the clutch,” as they say.

I am also very amazed at those who have so little in the material (Earthly) realm, yet who can nonetheless selflessly share what they do have. And in the process help themselves and others understand the human condition.

Which reminds me of our loved ones in Spirit, who are still our guiding lights.

Recently, there were so many heroic acts that I heard and read about, involving the recent tragedies. Some stories really touched my heart, two especially.

One: There was a woman who had given birth during the fires. She wasn’t able to leave the hospital immediately because she had a C-section. The woman entrusted her son, Lincoln, to a man to care for her son during the fires. (Her husband and two girls were away somewhere else, and safe.)

Once the woman got released from the hospital, she drove toward her house that had been burned to the ground. Along the way, she met the man who was caring for Lincoln. How’s that for a synchronicity?

Later, she drove by her property and thought to herself that she was a “blessed woman,” given all that she had experienced. How’s that for a positive attitude?

Another story I heard involved an elderly 90-year old lady who was trapped in her house. A nearby sanitation worker saw her, rescued her, and drove four hours to safety. He got to hear wonderful stories from her 90-years of life. I’m sure many of them involved Christmas.

And yes, Christmas is once again on the way. Most often, we will not remember the presents we received under the Christmas tree — twenty, thirty, fifty or however many years ago. But, I think most of us will remember those very special gifts — a new bicycle, a doll, or an air gun perhaps. Or for those really lucky folks, a special trip that the family saved for, took, and enjoyed.

Very special memories like those exist in your heart, and are there to stay. Reflect, and enjoy!

Here’s hoping you’ll be experiencing some very special moments this holiday season, more happy moments to remember.

And let me say here, in my last newsletter of 2018, that I am very Thankful for connecting with so many of you and your loved ones in Spirit. Something I plan to continue to do, and be so honored to do, in the future.

And, if I may also suggest, keep your hearts open to receive all the Love you attract and deserve. That philosophy extends not only to you, but to all of your loved ones here, there, and everywhere — including, of
course, to those on the Other Side.

And, as always, let us be thankful for what we do have.

My last event of the year with be with Thomas John. The event is called “ Home for the Holidays,” to be held in Sturbridge MA.

Have a warm, loving, and heartfelt holiday. Share that Love because there is so much GOOD to go around.

Daddy’s Little Girl

So here we are at the end of August where everyone is still celebrating weddings and end of summer parties. Many a hotel is booked for events, and many a hotel is quite happy about it!  Of course I guess with all this the most major event is that labor day is around the corner.  We will however keep enjoying this wonderful time of summer.

As I always say, one of the most special and privileged things I get to have and enjoy is the importance and significance to connect with many people’s loved ones and father’s or daddy’s girl. Being able to affect and make a huge difference in many lives.

I was reminded recently in a session where a young mother had just lost her father. Having a newly born little girl just added to her missing her father and feeling that he wouldn’t be around to see his granddaughter.

Of course we know he’ll be around just not the way she would naturally want him to be. I remember one of her words in describing her father and it stuck with me and I found it in some way very profound and in another, the perfect description of what many a father should mean to all of us.

She said, “he was the salt of the earth”!  I breathe in those words and feelings. How wonderful this young woman’s childhood was with her dad, and how that will be in her heart and soul throughout her life.

Yes, her sadness is that he has passed over to the other side of life but she had the experience and love to have such a beautiful man to grow up with and yes, have her be daddy’s girl.

I talk about interconnected relationships in my book Everything Happens for a Reason and it is so true, those first experiences do stay with us our whole life and do effect all our relationships.

One thing I know for sure is, she will certainly be instrumental to make sure her daughter grows up knowing what it’s like to be daddy’s girl.

I have no doubt she would choose a father, husband and friend/partner who will give the same to their daughter.

We learn by what we see and are taught.  So if your father is here alive, celebrate whatever your relationship is, of course if you can and if not send out thoughts from afar. If your dad’s in spirit know you will be heard and felt and if you feel the need to forgive him then know you can do that as well.

Summer is generally a time when we can pass down those wonderful memories to our nieces, nephews, sons and daughters of spending time just playing. Yes, just playing because those are by far the memories most children and young people will remember.

Remember always, memories are forever.