During the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, we are especially reminded to be thankful for what we have. In some cases many people have lost loved ones and it's a painful time. There is no quick cure for that pain...only time. I have found that when I reach out to others during my most painful moments...it helps to take my mind away from trying to change things I can never change.

Regrets also drift through minds during this season and the words, "if only, if only, if only." A good thought to remember is from the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Yesterday I had a wonderful time at an assisted living center during their holiday festivities. Seeing people of all ages chattering, laughing and sharing their stories was delightful! Giving time to (really) listen to another person is a great gift you can give. Money and positions come and go...but you can't replace moments of time. Once used up...they are gone. Sure, another opportunity will come through, but not in the same way. No two moments are the same. So as these days approach, think about ways you can give to others...and maybe, just maybe ~ it will add a little peace to your heart.