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Lessons From A Dad

As 2008 comes to a close it's a perfect time to do some reflecting about bringing in the new and letting go of the old.
I received a beautiful story this week from a friend, Donna, who lost her father two years ago. Her story really speaks to the acceptance of the life process and honoring the letting go process.
On Christmas Eve each year, friends and family would gather at my parents' house to celebrate and sing together.  Of course, a part of the music was the sharing of Christmas songs.  My Dad sang the most beautiful version of Silent Night.  From the time I was born and on, I remember singing this with him, harmonizing together with him and my older sister, Pam, and Mom and my younger sister, Terri joined in. Whether on Christmas Eve, or riding as a family together in the car, the songs were sung.
After his passing, for many months, I could barely pick up my guitar or sing, until one day, one of his guitars that I inherited flew from where it was standing in it's case onto the floor in a position, as if to be opened. I clearly got the message to open it up and start playing.  Still, I could not listen to certain Christmas songs without crying, especially Silent Night. This year, as Christmas was approaching, I got such a strong feeling to move through this and record this song for my own healing, to honor my Dad and to share with my family, and with all of you. It is a reminder that the music lives on, Love lives on and the Light is reborn in each of us year after year.
With every death, there is a rebirth, whether it be a death of a loved one, a letting go of places or things or times in our lives, or making changes.  It is the way nature works, in a cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth.  This time of year, the Solstice, the darkest day, signifies death and rebirth of the sun, of things we are letting go of in ourselves and in our lives, making way for the new. It is a time of rebirth, the new year of our Soul's journey.
The story came with a recording of Donna singing Silent Night. Just beautiful!
Thank you, Donna for sharing your wisdom and your healing with us.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanza! May your celebrations be filled with peace, joy and love!

posted on: 12/29/2008 9:56:08 AM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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The Nature of Being Organized

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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.

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