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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 358 :: christmas kindness

24 Dec

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

We decked the halls tonight. Football. Sunday. Church. Family. Games. Elf on a Shelf. Christmas Eve dinner. Tracking Santa’s sleigh on an app. Calling family.

It all makes for a beautiful tradition. And the kindest moment of all was just being there.

Tonight, in church, the pastor spoke of the importance of “being” is the kindest gift of all. The biggest gift we can share. The most we can possibly give to those we love.

And I agree.
So, here’s to being.
Thank you for being here. May you have a very Merry Christmas and beautiful holiday traditions.

What could be more kind?

More tomorrow…


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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 335 :: blissful elves

5 Dec

That’s his elf-given name. And I am impressed with the amount of BLISS he brings to his house. The giggles. The surprises. The pointing. The laughter. The hiding places. Today he was hangin’ with the turtles. 

That’s Ziggy.

It’s amazing what a story wrapped in a game folded into a tradition can do.
Pure Magic.
Pure Bliss.

More tomorrow. 


Day 349: how to hypnotize your children with elves and love

15 Dec

I watched a little bit of The Soup tonight. During which they showed a clip of the Today Show where that sneaky Elf on the Shelf made a surprise appearance.

‘Tis the season.
For elves and sleigh rides and children’s laughter. That’s the magical part really — children’s laughter — and why I love Christmas.

It’s just not Christmas without children.  Last year at this time we holed up in our Florida apartment and pretended to celebrate the holidays.  But, the magic of Christmas never really settled in without family around.

Not this year!  We leave for Seattle next week and plan for a little elfing foolery ourselves. Just where can we hide that Elf on the Shelf from Justin’s little nieces?  We have some ideas and plans up our sleeves.

He’s quite mesmerizing isn’t he, that elf?
Turns out adults are too.

Last week during my conference excursion I learned a few surprising details about children from Bruce Lipton.

Dr. Lipton showed how the brain waves of children are in the “theta” state or programmable mode during the first six years of life.  They are literally recording their parents every action and environment around them, learning the nuances and rules of their community.

Then Norm Shealy shared the top causes of adult death in our country:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Medical complications
  • Depression
  • Inactivity
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Carelessness

All but one of these (medical complications) stems from poor self esteem, which begins in the first six years of life.

And, then he showed the list of top diseases proposing they are all related to poor self esteem (depression addiction, schizophrenia, autism, ADHD, OCD, and obesity).

As I sat in the audience one theme seemed to become clear: LOVE.

If adult diseases actually begin in the first six years of life, and, the first six years of life are just a programming period, a hypnotic state, then isn’t loving and nurturing children everywhere an absolute adult necessity — for all of our heads, hearts, bodies and souls?

No matter where you come down on the research, it’s something to ponder as we dive into this holiday home stretch.

Children’s laughter is indeed what makes my Christmas merry and bright, but I suppose it’s our best interest to make the magic of the season last all year long. Kind of nice to know it doesn’t come in a pill or a bottle or a prescription. It’s as simple as hypnotizing our families with nurturing care and love.

To you and yours, and good health too.

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