Waiting is tiresome and frustrating. So many thoughts come to mind when you don’t know what to expect. It is never easy, but it is necessary. Uncertain times are always present. They are there to test our patience and perseverance to keep going, and without these difficulties, we have no way of measuring our strengths. Our dreams do not come true once we believe or manifest them to come alive.
When we wait, we wait for God’s intercession. We trust in His perfect timing and do not demand Him to fit His plans according to ours. When we wait, we accept the unpredictability of life— how tables can turn in a blink of an eye, when you least expect it. We fully surrender our cares and worries to God, because He is the creator and designer of our fate.
Living slowly and purposely is the secret to peace. You may find those boring, stay-at-home days unproductive, but once you get caught in the inescapable cycle of pressure and self-doubt, you begin to long for those long, mundane moments in your life. You realize these boring days are really what it’s all about. The days when you have the least thing to do are the days you crave the most. By making choices around what makes you happy, you glow within. That inward joy radiates to your relationships, work ethic, and overall disposition in life.
Adapting a slow and gentle life is the secret to true happiness because there is no force involved. You will notice your anxieties and fears don’t get into your head much when you know what you want and are honest to yourself about the likelihood of you getting it. Being wise enough to distinguish a distraction from a necessary setback will help you move on from failures much faster. But first, you need to learn how to live your life with purpose and open your heart to God’s will.
There is no top secret or magic formula to getting ahead in life. Each and everyone’s unique beginnings can be a challenge to pursuing our goals because there is no equal playing field to stand on. Some are born with the wealth to catapult them to instant success, while some can only take advantage of very limited resources. Either way, success depends more on work ethic and grit rather than the abundance of your resources. The sky is the limit for successful people because they do what the majority of people are too scared to do.
Upon entering your twenties, you realize there never seems to be enough time to do what you want. Each day passes so quickly, barely enough for you to keep up with big changes happening. Just pondering on how different your life was a decade ago brings tears to your eyes. As you grow older, you can’t shake off the fear that someday time is going to catch up to you, and you’ll be left with failed dreams and regrets.
Aside from the obvious reason why 2020 is arguably the worst year ever in your lifetime, you tend to ask yourself, “Has Christmas lost its value in 2020?”
The answer is: NO. Christmas hasn’t lost its value, its zing, its excitement, its intrinsic brightness; it will never lose all the things that make it beautiful. It’s we, who have lost the appreciation and gratitude to see its value. It’s we who have ironically outgrown the idea of Christmas, thinking it’s celebrated solely for kids (leaving no room for the adults to be happy). It’s we who have made self-centered definitions about Christmas that tainted its meaning through our eyes.