The first ever Star wars film was later retitled Episode IV – A new hope. With the Christmas release of the latest Star Wars film, I’ve been thinking about that title.
It’s been too long since my last post. I could blame it on the new puppy, the children, my husband’s working hours, the job. Eventually I will have to admit that it’s my own fault. I always hope I will have more time. I would put off writing until I had finished the emails, ironing, housework, phone calls, ordering on the internet, training of dog, tidying up after kids or insert your own excuse here —. I’ve decided I need a new hope.
I alway hope next year will be different but nothing really changes. I looked back at my old posts and found the christmas post where I was again pulling my hair and running around like a mad woman. I was really hoping to get one last post done before the new year, when my New year’s resolution will obviously be ‘WRITE MORE’ but I’m running out of time. So I have one sweet, short message and in good old christmas spirit I’ve left it up to Pope Francis to remind us about what’s important at this time of the year.
Why the Pope?
Well, he does do a better job at delivering inspiring messages than myself and it’s actually his birthday today. He delivered this message back in August but it helped me to again focus on what not only Christmas but the rest of our lives should be about.
What does Pope Francis hope we will learn?
“This life will go by fast.
Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much.
Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.
Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.
Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.
So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect…look…
Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.
So take this challenge that is life and do it now…love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen.”
This message means so much more than Happy Christmas. So instead of saying that, share this with everyone and let’s hope we all learn. This new hope from the Pope is now my new hope and I hope you get something out of it too. x