Cherished Holidays and Magical Moments in Azile’s Journeys –

The Holidays are such an important yet stressful time for many.  You can make them special or not.  I choose cherished holidays and magical moments in Azile’s Journeys.  I create lots of memories by spending the holidays with people I enjoy.  I often do not see my family during the holidays due to the geographic distance.  Instead of whining I create magical moments with my friends. Again I take a break from my normal posts to share these stories to brighten the holidays.

I moved into a home one year missing a stove.  I dragged my feet about buying it until the day before Thanksgiving.  Since I was hosting the feast, I needed something to cook with.  Missing, however was talent.  But this holiday, even though the meal was served two hours late, the people made it special.

We began by playing basketball outside, a feat for this northern state.  Slowly the people trickled in and old friends clicked with new ones. While we waited for the meal, we filled up on appetizers, wine and good conversation.  A must for any holiday dinner is a great beverage, alcoholic or non.  A second essential includes guests who know how to laugh  – the zanier the better.  The holidays should be served with at least one gut-belly wrenching laugh.  A third must is music and fourth of course, is the food.  Optional enhancers include people who go with the flow.  I suppose they all equally rate the same in importance.  Together they become magical ingredients to creating cherished holidays and magical moments in Azile’s Journeys.

Allow people to bring what they think might enhance the special day.  My friend brought some congo drums, drums she breaks out every few years to play.  Whenever she does, we remember the time we thought how fun it would be to perform on a street corner for money in a University town. Somehow we never got up the courage.

Then there was the guy with the perfect pitch voice.  You sing with him and experience heaven.  Then there is the partner who radiates joy at any event and is a must to brighten up the holidays.    He is the perfect host.  Relatves of my partner brought their unconditional love which floated through the hallways like the music.   Every room held different groups of people; those who wanted to talk, eat, watch TV or play music.  Others not mentioned included a drummer, a guitar player, etc.  They added their presence  like icing on a cake,

When we all created music together, the congo woman’s daughter played the most divinely inspired Celine Dion song “My Heart Will Go On”.  It floated from the basement upstairs and into the heavens.  In that moment you felt like you were connecting to all the souls celebrating the holidays.  Listening to this recording years later transports you back in time.  It preserved those cherished holidays and magical moments in Azile’s Journeys.

So whenever you feel stressed or depressed about the holidays, think about what you can do to create cherished holidays and magical moments instead.  For instance, have you ever seen King Kong” on Christmas?  Now that’s a first!

Azile

CHERISHED THANKSGIVINGS AND DAYS THAT LAST FOREVER FOR AZILE’S JOURNEYS –

For this holiday I take a break from my normal posts to write about Cherished Thanksgivings and Days that Last Forever for Azile’s Journeys.   I would like to share this story to help people who struggle with the holidays.  When my family and I moved to Texas, we feared our first Thanksgiving separated from  family or friends.  We spent 20 years visiting our cousins every Thanksgiving and Christmas like clockwork.  This year due to the geographic distance between us it would not be possible.  My brother and I always enjoyed surrounding ourselves with their laughter, zaniness and festive spirit growing up. That day, though, something miraculous occurred.  I learned about creating Cherished Thanksgivings and Days that Last Forever for Azile’s Journeys in the future.

At the last moment our friends from up north phoned to tell us they were passing through.  They wanted to stop and possibly visit the beach.  My mother adapted quickly and packed up her cinnamon roll dough to bake in their RV.   While we walked at the beach smelling the fresh sea air, we also took in the overwhelming scent of cinnamon rolls cooking.  Our friends and her managed to bring a little bit of home with them.  The familiar aroma of cinnamon transported us back in time.  Walking on the beach moved us forward in time.  Each point intersected to blend the old with the new.  It taught me not to fear change but to welcome it like an old friend or an adventure.  It helped inspire Azile later in life to welcome change while creating  new cherished Thanksgivings and days that last forever for Azile’s journeys.

Wherever you are, no matter who you are with, as you enter this holiday season may you create new cherished Thanksgivings and days that last forever for your own journeys!

Azile

MY WISHES FOR OTHERS –

So I have been a little busy lately and many of my wishes for others have piled up.  This is by no means a complete list but a continuation of a previous list found under World Vision Page subheading “My Wishes for Others.”

1.  I work with people who struggle so hard every day just to get out of bed.  And when they do, they live in a different realm.  They live on very limited incomes.  Many of us take for granted certain ideas they have already given up on.  Today if you have an opportunity to make someone’s day or life, take it!  There is no better feeling in the world than to give someone hope of a better future.

My more specific wishes for others include:

2.  I wish a young friend continued success in her new store which opened out west recently.

3.  I would like to send a couple I know years of happiness and mutual enrichment after their recent beautiful wedding.

4.  May a friend regain her complete eyesight after unexpected eye illness.  She is the primary support of her household.  May she completely heal!

I  continue encouraging people to share “my wishes for others” that the Universe could deliver in unexpected and mysterious ways. Our waves of light, hope and positive support keep growing.

Azile

A DAY TO REFLECT ON THE UNEMPLOYED – LABOR DAY

Dan Fastenberg of AOL Jobs and Career Builder wrote an interesting story entitled “7 Facts About Labor Day”. It shows a different twist on how this day was originally formed and how it is now, with so many people out of work, 8% of the population. Giving a name to faces, Dan and Fran Hopkins provide an interesting series of articles on “Stories of the Unemployed”. If you know someone that remains unemployed, take a moment to read one, two or three of these articles to get a sense of what they experience in the job market today.

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/09/02/7-facts-you-need-to-know-about-labor-day-workers/
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/category/stories-of-the-unemployed/

It is definitely an employer’s market where they can ask for specific experience. Employees no longer can bank on many transferable skills when their competition may have that specific program, degree, experience that the employer desires. It is worthy to note that regardless of the specialized skills an employee obtains, any employer will have to spend a certain amount of time training the new employee. How much extra time do you think it would take for a potential new hire to learn the software or specialized skills? Most employees are trained in very similar software programs so adding a new program is not too difficult. In all seriousness, most of the new employees might just volunteer to learn this new software on their own time to bring them up to date. So how much extra training time would it take the employer, probably not much?

Every single one of us plays a role in putting people back to work. If you work in HR, start taking a moment to see people beyond the “box”. If you are interviewing potential candidates, look for reasons to hire someone not the reverse. Take the whole picture not slices of the pie when making important considerations. Think about if you were on the other side, how would you like to be treated? Develop a sense of humor as interviewees because one person will tell you “It doesn’t mean anything if you have that experience if it was not recently” while another might say: “We are looking for someone who has this experience, the exact experience you listed on your Resume.” From these statements just consider it “inane” and trust that the right position, person will come along to appreciate what you uniquely have to offer. People working in human resources capacities must be overwhelmed because they spend more time weeding than cultivating. Would you like to be encouraged or discouraged? My hope is that you give what you would like to receive. AZILE

COMPASSION STRIKES

Under the “Your Projects” Page I listed an incredible tour going around the United States and Europe. See this site:

www.maitreyaproject.org

As a result of attending this event I signed up for an Intro to Buddhism talk. The teacher spoke eloquently about the effects of collective unconsciousness. I think all of us have been amazed at the things we say to people or hear others say. Or when people, including ourselves, do not speak up on important issues allowing things to happen. One of the great things that connects us to others is compassion. Knowing that if something happens to your neighbor or a stranger, it could happen to you. Therefore we care. May compassion strike you today!

Azile

WISH HEALTHY WEALTHY & WISE

I took my friend to get a procedure done today!   She looks fabulous.  I wish that she finds that she has a clean bill of health!  Today she looks the spitting image of health!

I am sitting here with her and she is nervous.  We tried to reach her family on Facetime before she went in.  Today I am blessing technology, the ability to connect with others far away faster!

Azile