Monday, December 20, 2010

It's The Simple Things

When I was a child a lesson learned at my mother’s knee was always celebrate what we have TODAY. Each day has it’s own tribulations and worries but if we have everything we need, not necessarily want, but need for this day then be content.

It was a good lesson to learn so young. We were a family of eleven and while my father was a hard worker and had a good paying job in the trades there were times things got very lean and tight—especially in the winter. As a wise man once said, I have had plenty and I have learned to go without. We always had food, clothing, and a roof over our head, a warm house—all things we needed. And we had blessings, faith, plenty of love, friends, and our family. It was the blessings, you see, which made life rich. With a life rich in blessings we can face whatever hardships come our way. Without the blessings, all the “things” we could have would mean nothing.

For me, this is the time of year to reflect on what’s really important. In my opinion, it’s my blessings. Who ever said that we had to go broke to make a big splash for the holidays? And since when is love linked with expensive things? Things are always easy to acquire but does the expensive gifts actually show the person giving it loves you, or that you’re special?

Personally, I don’t like someone giving me a gift because tradition demands it and everyone is doing it. (Do you remember what Mom used to say about *everyone* when you would say, ‘but everyone else is doing it’!) I’d rather know that I’d still get that gift regardless of the time of year. In our family it’s tradition to give special gifts all year long. Taking the time to think of something that would really be special and please the recipient. This ties into another lesson I took to heart from my mother.

There is more happiness in giving than receiving.

Giving a gift is a two way street. The joy we feel when we see someone’s face light up with delight at our gift. Gifts that come from the heart have so much more value. Some of my most treasured gifts are things I received for no reason except I was loved and thought of or those made just for me.

This time of the year I count my greatest blessings. What’s REALLY important to me and that is my faith, my family, my friends, loving and being loved. I give thanks for those things I have today, being relatively healthy, having a roof over my head, clothes, the bills paid, food in the cupboards, and a warm house.

I give thanks for the simple special things, which live forever in my memories:

Like sharing popcorn and watching a movie together, or laughing over a game we’re playing, the snowball fight we got into while clearing the snow and the snow angels we made. Watching my horses and dogs playing in the first snowfall. My outside cats shase the snowflakes. Filling my birdfeeders and watching all the different birds that flock to it and gossip over their food and I laugh when my cats are enthralled by their antics from the inside windows. My cats curled up in my office as I work and the dogs at my feet, and music playing on the computer. Having my son sit on my office couch and read while I write, or chat about anything and everything.

The snatch of a carol, the wonder of seeing holiday lights on the town streets, the festive glitter of houses dressed in their December best. The crystal shards of the stars on a cold clear night and the chorus of the coyotes not far away, the naked limbs of the winter trees turned silver by the moonlight. The smell of wood smoke in the air.

Coming in my driveway and seeing the warm glow of lights, a couple of cats in the window seat watching the night. Knowing inside is home.

I’m so rich in my blessings. My blessings make everything I do have so much sweeter.

Really, it’s the simple things that have the most value, don't you think?

  • Speaking of gifts. This week and next I will be sharing holiday short stories by authors both published and not. I have some lovely stories to share. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed gathering them together. I will share the first one tomorrow. Please stop by and have a look.


Tonya Kappes said...

Thank you Sia! Wonderful post. You are right--your mom did teach you the most valuable lesson. Today!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Excellent reminder! I know I am richly blessed. And I can't out-give anyone, because the greatest gift of all was given to me over 2000 years ago.

Kat Sheridan said...

Sia, what a lovely post, and what beautiful photos to accompany it! One of my favorite blessings is the Writin' Wombats, because that group introduced me to you!

Jo said...

Wonderful post Sia. It is so nice to hear someone not belonging to the "I want" generation. May your blessings increase at this Christmas Season.

Marilyn Brant said...

Sia, what a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing it... Here's wishing you and your loved ones a very, very Merry Christmas ;).

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hey Honey!

Love the post and it's so true!

I would say more but I'm a little busy looking at your sexy Santa eye candy! WooRAH!

Merry Christmas Sweetie!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Well, Hawk, you ladies aren't the only one who can have a hunky ho ho man, lol!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Aww, you all are so sweet. My blessings include dear friends and I have so many.

Kat darlin' you and hubs have enriched my life. Thank YOU!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex, so very true. Faith is a blessing. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Wishing you all the warmth and blessings of friends and family this season!

Houston A.W. Knight said...


True and I swear this boy is making the rounds...I just ran off with him from Gena Showalter's place to mine to give him away as a X'mas gift to Cecile...he had the same Tattoos! Come see!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. family is all important, love to all and as you say simplicity .. makes life easier and more time to be loving, appreciative and compassionate .. love your pictures - thank you!! Have a wonderful time en famille .. Hilary