The source of self-respect

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The willingness to accept responsibility for for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.

Joan Lillon

The good life

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The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.

Carl Rogers

“Twas The Night Before Christmas – A Christmas Wish

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas – A Christmas Wish


‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house

not a creature was stirring not even a mouse …”

I’m sure everyone can recite this story at least in part and no doubt reciting even just the first verse of this classic brings a smile to everyone’s face. To me and I am certain many others, this story, above any other, brings back warm childhood memories of the magic of Christmas. My Dad recounted many times having read  “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”  every night as my bedtime story of choice from Hallow’een till Easter when I was small. Although I didn’t know what sugar plums were and never thought to ask, they sure sounded delicious.  And even though I didn’t know what an elf was or had never seen a mouse in our house it really didn’t matter because that timeless rhyme would cast its spell every night. I guess that’s why I can still recall it almost in its entirety even though I haven’t read it for many years.


Yes the years have gone by and I’m now older than my father was when he read it to me, and if I had kids I would enjoy reading it to them as much for their enjoyment as mine. I now sport a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly when I laugh but I can’t claim to have owned any reindeer. I haven’t a clue what I’d do with eight reindeer let alone one. Anyways I’m sure reindeer aren’t suited to condo life even if they do know how to fly.


But coming back down to earth, the warm fuzzy feeling and glow that this wonderful story gives to all kids from 1 to 92 is what I feel is important to hold in our hearts not only during the Christmas season but throughout the year. The hope of one day achieving true peace on earth and the joy we have in wishing good will to all those we meet is where we can find the true meaning of Christmas, that first Christmas many years ago which witnessed the miracle of life and love in the birth of a tiny baby.


Christmas is for children, for getting together with family and friends and for memories of those who are no longer with us. Christmas is a time when we can relive that magical world of childhood where we can see good in everyone and everything. May we carry this feeling dear in our hearts now and throughout the coming year.

So in closing may I say, and wish if I might …

“A Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”


Brian G. Spare

Life is simple

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making  it complicated.


You were made to be loved

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You were made perfectly to be loved – and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.

Elizabeth Barrrett Browning

Slow down and enjoy life

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Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.

Eddie Cantor


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The deepest definition of youth is a life as yet untouched by tragedy.

Alfred North Whitehead

Don’t quit

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Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

Muhammad Ali

Never play small

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There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Nelson Mandela

Service is joy

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I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

Rabindranath Tagore