Be-Attitudes – Be the Present

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me – remember that song? It dates back before the 16th century. Originally, it was a secret code containing the basic teachings of the Christian Faith. The “true love” refers to God and “me” is everyone of the faith. And the 12 days started on Christmas, not before.

By the 16th century, some cultures combined festivals with the 12 days of Christmas to drive away evil spirits for the start of the new year. We’re going to do a rather loose version of this to drive away one evil spirit of stress for you each day for the next 12 days as our love gift.

One of the biggest stresses of the Holidays is buying presents for everyone.

* Who do you want to buy presents for?
* Who do you have to buy presents for?
* What do you get them?
* What do you get for the people who are hard to give to?
* Will they like the gift? What will they think of your gift and you?
* Will someone be hurt because you didn’t get them a gift?
* How will you pay for the gifts?
* When will you have time to do shop with everything else you have to do?
* How much money should you spend on each gift?
* How much do you think they are spending on you?

These are a few of the many questions that overwhelm us as we navigate the gift hurdle. The gift giving tradition came out of the story that the Magi, or the 3 Kings, found the baby Jesus in the barn and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And “On the first day of Christmas, my true love – God – gave to me – everyone of faith – a partridge in a pear tree – Jesus! Jesus was the gift.

Can you offer the gift of yourself, your presence, in the place of presents? How can you be more present to your family and friends instead of worrying of stuff? How can you just Be?

That is the first Be-Attitude I was given during a most extraordinary visitation from the Holy Spirit. I was asked to Be. The biggest gift of all is to simply Be. Be yourself. Your Eternal Self, free of stress, worry, fear and misunderstanding.

Modern life is very busy. It takes much time and effort to exist in the world. Managing the needs of life, money, work and shopping for presents can seem all consuming. Don’t believe it.

Carve out time to Be.

Make it a priority before all else, not the leftovers if there are any.

Be. Take the time to pray and meditate. Play with the children and the pets. Love each other.

Make your Presence the present.