What I Want for Christmas…

As for me…and…my house…give me spandex…or Bertha Chosegive me death! ~Bertha

This is a quote from…Bertha-Size Your Life!…and…like most of…Bertha’s… quotes…has nothing to do with the obvious…rather…she is reminding me this morning…of the importance…of knowing who I am…and honoring my uniqueness…

She says that is especially important during the holidays…when…the media is portraying how my life should be…how I should celebrate…what gifts I should buy…what I should cook…

So…she challenges me…the reformed people pleaser…to take a few minutes to really ponder…who I am…and what I want…and…then…to honor that…she says that is truly…the gift that keeps on giving…

Okay…contemplation chair…here I come…maybe I should string some lights around it…naw…that’s not me…

Jane

Ghostly Gifts…

This morning…Bertha…is whispering…forgiveness…and…honestly…I didn’tJane Carroll realize I was angry with anyone…but…she says that forgiveness isn’t only about…anger

Rather…she says…it’s more about…releasing my expectations…that something should have been different…

She says…it’s about letting go of my need to be…right…and that doesn’t just mean in an argument…no…not at all…it has to do with me thinking I have things figured out…only to have them turn out totally different than I had planned…

Hmmm…some things from my past start floating by…like Halloween ghosts on parade…and I realize that even though…I’m not angry…at least not anymore…I haven’t fully let them go either…I still get a little sting each time I remember them…

So…how do I do this…

Bertha…says to look for and appreciate the gift that each situation brought into my life…and that once I appreciate the gift…I can let go of the event itself…then I won’t feel the sting…because…all is forgiven…

Hmmm…looks like I may be getting lots of…gifts…today…who knew…

Jane