Colleen's thoughts on writing, directing and coaching, and her unique take on life itself!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Peace, love, contentment and happiness

I wish you all four of these life qualities this holiday season and the coming year, whether you celebrate Hanukkah, have a Merry Christmas or a kicking Kwanzaa!

I am fortunate to experience all four at this time - none of which I take for granted - and am now eager to get fired up to set 2007 ablaze!

Last night I had the most wonderful Christmas celebration I've enjoyed in many, many years.

The family with whom I spent it have both Jewish and Christian backgrounds, and I found myself smiling all night long.

The gathering was a genuine celebration and reflection of what the holiday is really all about to me: friends, family, music, *loads* of laughter, *sensational* food (prime rib and turkey with all the trimmings), sharing thoughtful gifts; warm, affectionate conversation, "show and tell," attentive pets to play with and pamper and a wild candy-eating kid to spoil!

I am overwhelmed with the notion that all the positive, personally rewarding experiences occuring to, for and with me over the past several weeks and continuing through the new year is laying a remarkable foundation for the best year ever coming up not just for me, but for everyone around me.

I've decided to share my good fortune by volunteering as a teacher/tutor at First Place - a school for homeless kids in Seattle. While I've not actually been homeless, my family moved 17 times by the time I was 17, so I know how it *feels.*

I conducted a successful program for at risk kids several years ago using my camera and coaching skills. Kids *love* to be on TV; they try and work harder when they know they'll be on camera - even if it's to give a report, solve a math problem or identify countries on a map.

First Place has a strong volunteer program, so it will be rewarding for me to become part of it, knowing we can make a difference in the lives of kids who otherwise might feel alienated or too "different" from other kids. I know that feeling well, and have come to be at peace understanding that where ever I am *is* my home.

Moving a little too much continued to be a lifestyle for me as a young adult, but I am now fortunate to have lived in the same personality-filled cottage in the woods of North Seattle for nearly 15 years.

May renewal, renovation, revival and rousing, romantic, remarkable realizations rock our worlds in 2007, Gentle Reader!


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