December 18, 2004
Itís out of my hands now
Today I finished reading the book, The Red Suit Diaries. (See yesterdayís post) I really enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting and a fast read. So, now Iíve read one book during the winter break so far. After reading it though, I realized that it was too good not to share with someone else, so I gave it to my coworker. Itís now out of my hands. Iím excited to see what she thinks of it. Right now sheís experiencing kind of a downer Christmas season after having just separated from her husband. My wish for her is to find a little joy somewhere in this mess of broken dreams. She has three young boys also who will be happy just to be with their mom on Christmas morning.
Tonight I went out to buy a battery for my daughterís car. Haha, that was 70 dollars! But her car died and all evidence pointed to an old, weak battery that was in need of replacement. The cold weather just made its demise sooner. I took care of that, and then went shopping to buy some gifts.
I bought a battery charger and some rechargeable batteries for one of the guys at the group home. He just loves to play with his piano keyboard in his room. Heíll play the demo songs over and over and sometimes hit keys randomly or hold them down. He especially likes the hum of the lower sounding keys. But he often brings the keyboard to me hoping Iíll make it work again when his batteries die. This happens frequently. Then sometimes he has to wait a week to go out and buy more batteries with the money he has to spend. This will save him a lot of money also with the price of batteries so high.
Going back to the Red Suit Diaries. One thing that he said that was really good was that no one really chooses to become Santa. It starts with a desire to make others happy and to give them hope. His transformation of the heart started one day when he changed a light bulb for a man in a wheelchair. It felt very good to him to do something that was so easy for himself to do, yet nearly impossible for this man in the wheelchair to do. It was a simple task that made a huge difference in another personís life. He discovered that the real gift was not a present or something we buy in a store, but the gift of our self.
Giving ourselves is a very Christ-like attitude and at this time of year itís good to be reminded of the purpose of this particular holiday. Giving ourselves to others is also showing love. This can give us purpose and direction and hope. In the case of the Red Suit Diaries' auther, purpose found him as he gave his life to helping others.
Tomorrow night is a family party with Aunts, Uncles, Nephews, Nieces, and Cousins etc. Iím looking forward to seeing them. Tomorrow night my blog will be about the most interesting observation I have at the party.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. If you have finals next week, try to get enough sleep so your brain is fresh.
Posted by carl1236 at December 18, 2004 10:45 PM