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Christmas 2011; Do It Anyway

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful time home for the holidays and was able to feast upon great foods with family and friends as well as enjoy each other’s company! My mother, brother, and I traveled up to Iowa to spend time with my grandmother, godmother, her daughters and their families. Yesterday there were at least 16 people, and in the evening time for dinner there were more! Opening presents became a three-hour affair! I’ve never had such a bustling and busy Christmas!

It tired me out and brought about a Christmas nap with some reading time. I’m now reading Bernadette Speaks: A Life of Saint Bernadette Soubirous in Her Own Words written by Father René Laurentin, one of the foremost Marian theologians of our time. It’s pretty amazing and provides an in-depth account of the life of the young saint’s life and experiences in first-hand accounts. It reads like a novel, but there are countless primary sources making it a more than just a biography written by someone about two hundred years later. I feel like I’m traveling back to the late 19th century when this occurred. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the life of saints.

I shall give highlights of some of my favourite gifts I received this year, in case you’re interested:

  • A new digital camera! My old one I’ve dutifully held onto for quite some time. The battery door eventually broke to a point it wouldn’t shut anymore, so I held it together with a rubber band. It still takes great pictures, but my dad thought it was time for a new one. It’s smaller and lighter and has cool different settings that I can play around with. The only thing it doesn’t have is the “action” setting where it continually snaps pictures until I let go of the capture button. That’s what I love to use for head-shots to capture some amazing micro-expressions that one can’t just pose for. So I shall still use my old camera for that specific purpose.
  • The third and latest book in the Abarat series, Absolute Midnight! It’s been seven years since the second book was released! The first book came out in 2002. I loved the series when I was a pre-teen/young adult, and this summer I went on a reading binge, returning to the old books I used to love such as this series. Clive Barker, the author, hand-paints every single illustration, and I love the fantastical world he creates through this series!
  • Two movies I’ve been highly anticipating owning: Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2! I own every single film in both series, and it’s so wonderful to finally be able to see them again! Finally my Harry Potter movie collection is complete! I have all the books in French as well as the American versions. Yes, I’ve read them all in both languages!
  • Two new journals! One is a Parisian theme! I’m over halfway finished with the seventh volume of my life, and it’s my goal to fill it before I graduate. I haven’t written anything in it except for the poetry I’ve written and some from others I have read, so I will spend this break catching up on what happened this semester. It will be quite the page-turner. I haven’t even written anything about my adventures in Europe, so I think I will start my next journal early with my European account of Vienna and my brief birthday trip to Paris.  And then I will wait until I finish my current journal before I continue on with that next one. The other journal is a pretty one that’s a day by day, a place to put the date on each new page. I can never just write one page a day, so I will be overlapping, it seems. That journal may be simultaneous, forcing me to write every single day. I haven’t decided yet.
  • My godmother also gave me the book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It’s particularly special because not only did my uncle read it and love it, my godmother gave me the book that belonged to him. His name is written inside it. We both got teary-eyed as I opened it and saw his name inside. I will treasure it always. This is another way he can be with me in spirit.

My godmother received a framed picture of a beautiful flower (can’t remember which kind), and below it was a poem. I wrote it down because it struck a particular chord in me. I’ll share it with you:

Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

-Mother Teresa


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Enjoy the continuation of the holiday season!

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