Pause

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© 2013 Karen Szczuka Teich & TakingTheWorldOnWithASmile.com

The holiday season has been creeping up on us since right before Halloween. Like a strong, silent ivy spreading its way through cities all across the country. It’s been lighting up homes and leaving its mark on lampposts and in storefronts everywhere! Neighborhoods are all aglow with colorful lights and twinkling trees peering through living room windows. It’s a special time of year that promotes peace and giving and kindness, which my 12-year old daughter recently noted:  is free.

The Holidays can be magical, often making the seemingly impossible, possible and like so many other people, it’s my favorite time of year.

For some however, it can be a struggle; a sad and difficult time, especially this year, with fewer than normal days of  breathing room in between the great feast of Thanksgiving and the arrival of Christmas Eve. Hanukkah is already over! There’s a rush to the finish and the hustle and bustle of trying to get there, can quickly lose its charm and become frustrating, exasperating even.

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© 2013 Karen Szczuka Teich & TakingTheWorldOnWithASmile.com

Most people come forward with their best. But honestly, you never know what’s going on just below the surface of a carefree wave, an absentminded smile or a soft, slightly distracted gaze. Everyone has a cross or two to bear. It could be anything from a forgotten appointment to coming off of the end of a long work shift or suffering from indecision about something. Maybe you’ve had an argument with someone or are recovering from an illness. Perhaps there is a sick child at home or you simply miss someone, terribly.

Whatever the burden, no one is exempt from worry. 

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© 2013 Karen Szczuka Teich & TakingTheWorldOnWithASmile.com

This season, if you can, pause to be compassionate toward the people you meet.

You never know what someone is going through.

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Peace & Good Wishes to All!

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  1. J
    December 8, 2013 at 8:21 am | #1

    Thank you for reminding us of this, Karen! So very, very important. Happy holidays to you and yours!

    • December 8, 2013 at 9:36 am | #2

      xoxox I think I needed to remind myself, J :)

  2. December 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm | #3

    Nice thoughts Kare! And I like the prices of your trees! I think I spent over $70 for ours. I heard in our church service a line I hope to use in an upcoming blog, simply, ‘prepare your heart for the coming of the Lord’ or something to that effect.. Its nice to remember the reason for the season! I hope you and yours are doing well. Nice seeing you out and about again on WP!

    • December 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm | #4

      Thanks so much, Andy. I really appreciate your reading & kind words and I like that too… “Prepare your heart….” Nice. All the best to you & your lovelies!!

  3. Anonymous
    December 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm | #5

    Lovely, Karen! And, all so true. You cannot tell a book by it’s cover. Looks like you found a beautiful tree! We got one a bit bigger than usual this year, chubby, and I had to re-arrange our living room to fit him in, ha, ha…Taking it in stride. XOXO-Kasey

    • December 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm | #6

      Thanks, Kasey! And yes, we found a GREAT tree. We had such a nice weekend together and my boy was such a big help!! Hope you guys have a beautiful holiday season xoxox Karen

  4. December 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm | #7

    So true – this is a stressful time for so many who don’t have money to buy presents, or who are alone, or who are missing someone….

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