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Custodio: The spirit of Christmas

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CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and I cannot help but try and look for the spirit of Christmas in everything. It may be a bit difficult for those who have gone through major (painful) changes this year.

Unfortunate events may find one feeling tentative about celebrating Christmas. No surprise in that and the fact that three major earthquakes jolted us repeatedly the past month does not help!.

It dampens the Christmas spirit, knowing for a fact that some of our fellow Mindanaoans have lost their homes, their livelihood and sadly, even their loved ones.

How can one look forward to Christmas when things have been quite glum? We have been stressing over those aftershocks and from anticipating the possibility of another major quake.

Some are heartbroken or downright angry from hearing insensitive, coldhearted comments from those who wish us ill and think that these things that have befallen us is payback. Geez. So much for Christmas spirit and human compassion right?

Much as we'd want things to be perfect and all good, it's not possible. There will always be opposing forces, some thrown into madness due to hatred and greed. Such strong, disenchanting words but yeah, the world is imperfect all right! Good thing we can control how we see things by changing our perspective! We can always choose to be positive!

All it takes is to find the silver lining and focus on it! Sure, there are life challenges that can bring us down but you know we should not dwell on them.

We should always remind ourselves that although life can be difficult, we should not dwell on the negative feelings that it brings!

It takes practice to always walk on the bright side but when you do, it is worth it!

Attitude can be crucial to survival. It is important to see major challenges at temporary setbacks rather than as the beginning of the end of the world.

When we see good in the littlest things, we learn to appreciate life and its beauty. We learn to be grateful for what we have. We begin to believe that things will get better and that we can triumph and rise above our challenges. We may still find ourselves sad and heartbroken but we will find the strength to move and make each day count!

It is heartwarming to see people doing good for others. Reaching out encourages others to do the same thing and fosters camaraderie and a sense of kinship among us. After all, isn't Christmas the season for giving and sharing? Happy Sunday!! We are right on track! The spirit of Christmas lives in all of us!


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