Sunday October 25th 2020

The Gift of Christmas Present

Hi there, how’s life treating you at the moment? It can be tough at times can’t it, but especially now – with the recession biting, prices rising, escalating debts, jobs under threat…and then on top of that, for the past week or so, half of us in Britain have been snowed in!
I can relate to all of that, money’s tight at the moment. Ever since I took a leap of faith three years ago to write my first book and get my publishing company off the ground, five of us have been living off my husbands wages.
Crazy. Yep, you bet, but sometimes you have to take a leap of faith. (But we’ll discuss that another time).
It turns out, my husband, who works for the public sector, may well be out of his job by March. (Gosh, I hope it’s at least stopped snowing by then).
One of my favourite ever tales is the wonderful “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. There’s a bit I like (lots of bits actually), where Scrooge’s delightful nephew Fred, drops by to wish him a “Merry Christmas” and Scrooge asks him what he has to be so happy about- poor as he is. Well, retorts the nephew, what has Scrooge to be so miserable about – he’s rich enough!
Ok, Dickens didn’t exactly say it like that, but you know what I mean. (I’m probably quoting from the Muppets version anyway!)
That would be me I guess – no, not Scrooge – the ever cheerful, optimistic nephew. Because on the face of it, things do look grim. What can I have to smile about?
One of my favourite sayings is (I know, I know, I have lots of favourite things, I could be Julie Andrews younger sister!), “Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift…which is why it’s called the Present.”
You see, no matter what lies ahead…and it could be anything, my book might sell a million copies, we could win the lottery (would help if I bought a ticket I suppose), Mark might land his dream job elsewhere…or, ok, we might find ourselves out on the street in the snow. (Hey, another of life’s little adventures!) Whatever it is I’ve learnt two things in life… one, I’ll handle it, and two, no matter what,- now is all we have.
…And today is good, today I have three healthy “young adult” children with all their lives ahead of them, I have the best husband in the world, I have a roof over my head, I have food in the fridge, I have my health (I creak a bit in winter, but I can still keep moving), I have a wonderful family, I have loving friends, and I have hope and optimism that whatever happens, the future always holds the potential to be magical.
As for yesterday, yes, times have been really hard, but they have also been fabulous too, because life is not a straight road… but what we learn as we journey along it, hopefully gives us the strength and wisdom to deal with whatever comes next.
So, I treasure my past, I look forward bravely to my future, and I embrace today. It’s just started snowing again, and I love it!
What’s happening in your life right now worth smiling about?
Remember this – tomorrow is not worth worrying about, because tomorrow never comes!
Live in the now… Merry Christmas xxx

6 Comments for “The Gift of Christmas Present”

  • Margaret Duarte says:

    So many people, including me, can relate to this right now. Thanks for sharing. And Merry Christmas!

    • Snow says:

      Ok, I know what you mean about people letting their kids dress all trendy and NOT prayitcallc. tsk, tsk. Drives me crazy. (Of course, if my daughters had their way…they’d be wearing flip flops)What a strange and beautiful image those moose must have been. Hope you are enjoying a good book and a warm mug of cocoa right now. 🙂

    • cracked car windshield says:

      – Możliwe, ale restrykcje nie tÅ‚umaczÄ… tak jednoznacznie moim zdaniem powstaÅ‚ej mody. PrzejÅ›cie z foliówek na ekotorby ze wzglÄ™du na wymogi prawne mogÅ‚oby odbyć siÄ™ znacznie spokojniej, tymczasem poczÄ…tkowe informacje promocyjne spowodowaÅ‚y wyksztaÅ‚cenie siÄ™ tego lansu, o którym pisze Radek – nagle staÅ‚o siÄ™ modne posiadanie takowej torby.

      • Bobbo says:

        Infelizmente, caro Skedsen, este tipo de chantagem não é novidade. Há uns anos atrás os burocratas da UE também decidiram boicotar a Áustria porque as eleições foram ganhas pela &#1xa;E7trema-Direit1». Por isso, temo que a Hungria não consiga resistir às pressões.

  • carol says:

    Excellent Jane. It’s so easy to get into that comfortable rut! which leads to boredom and stagnation! “Seize the day” and all that!!!
    And, I’ve not really been celebrating today enough lately! Thanks for the reminder!

  • Jane says:

    Thank you Margaret and Carol, so glad you liked my little musings!
    Merry Christmas to you both x


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