I bought a little book by Brian Morgan. It is about a man who had very little money but he wanted to give something to his friends. He pondered on these things and began to write:
“I pray for you;
Joy in abundance and laughter, for laughter cures our ills and joy makes our spirits soar.
A sigh when you need one, for a sigh clears the heart as as a cough clears the throat, and with a sigh comes acceptance of what we cannot change.
Tears when you need them, for tears clear the eyes to see the stars and cleanse the soul to let healing begin.
Serenity, for fights and wars start in individual breasts and that is where they must end.
Wisdom, for our priceless gift is the gift of choice and we should use it well every day, in word and deed.
Patience, for most troubles pass if we wait them out, and success comes with persistence.
Courage, for there may be many pitfalls and dangers ahead and problems can only be solved when they are faced.
Compassion, for we cannot help others until we understand them, and we cannot understand them until we walk in their shoes.
Willingness to work, for work turns dreams to reality-whether the dreams are ours or belong to those we can help.
Unwavering faith, for faith shapes our morals and our destiny and draws us closer to God.
A mind full of hope, for hope determines our attitudes, sets our goals, and creates our ideals.
A heart so full of love that every day you must give some away to those whose paths you cross.”
This year I have realized that real wealth cannot be measured in riches but rather in family and friends such as you. I, like the author, pray for each of you, gifts that cannot be wrapped. May you experience a rainbow after the storm, smell the sweet fragrance of a rose on a summer day and may a snowflake gently kiss your cheek during winter’s cold spell. I pray you have abundant joy and laughter, enough trials to keep your heart soft, enough failure to keep you humble, and many friends to comfort you. May your heart overflow with love and God’s blessing in 2013. Thank you for touching my heart and life this year.