12-9-11 Merry Everything!
Monday I was dead tired from the NYC trip, just seemed to be in a slow time. I saw that Mercury is still retrograde so that explains a lot of it, I saw others posting that they too had been tired, skipping the gym and hungrier than usual. I have learned to go with the flow of natures cycles and not fight them but rather maintain... So not too much went on Monday, except perhaps the debate we were having in my spiritual in NJ Facebook group. I get really upset this time of year because I feel they are trying to push away saying Merry Christmas and celebrating the birth of Jesus. So many are offended by my faith yet I am never offended by theirs (well except the ones who kill others in the name of their faith) and even some of my christian friends I feel are looking at me as behaving non-Christlike because I keep arguing to be able to say it instead of happy holidays. But anyway the debate wore on into Tuesday morning and the last post I read, stating that America is not ONLY a christian nation gave me the words to sum it all up:
yes i am aware of that and i think ALL faiths should be represented and celebrated
everyone who wants to share should be able to share
and those who want to pay attention can and those who don't can ignore
Jesus never forced his faith on anyone, he went quietly from town to town and those who wanted to hear came and heard- the rest stayed home
but imagine a world if he had been thrown in jail and not been allowed that freedom to preach and teach? not be able to share what he has to offer?
Sunday i was in Union square in NYC, a man was standing there thumping his bible and spewing HIS version of my faith, and grant you his version is far different than mine, his version is all about hell and condemnation, the antithesis of what i believe, in fact i dare to say he makes a mockery of the opinion that i hold of my faith and beliefs
but did i for one minute think I had the right to go up there and tell him to shut up? to stop saying what HE believes? to hate him for what he believes? no, not for a second
i did for a second wish my gay cousin and his boyfriend would kiss in front of him but even that i realized was wrong thinking and dismissed it
i am not saying anyone's faith means any less than mine all i am saying is PLEASE do not take mine away from me-- for if you do yours could be next.........
That pretty much is how I feel and frankly it saddens me that its the "spiritual" types that I have to argue the most with on my right to say Merry Christmas. They don't realize what they are surrendering in the name of peace so as to not offend anyone. Frankly I'd be worried about anyone being offended by being wished a happy anything that is from a place of love and joy......Then again many in my spiritual group are pagans, not just plain ole pagans but pagans who chose their faith because they were hurt my the catholic church. So much anger and bitterness because of how they were treated by a priest or a nun or the rules of the church in general so they leave the church and they try this path but the hurt is still there. This pain goes back centuries too and they feel not only their own pain, but the pain of those who came before them. The atrocities against those who did not bow to the new religion are huge. I know too because I was a witch and died at the stake in more than one past life I am told, my conscious memory doesn't recall but my soul memory does. So when I say don't take away my faith, know that I am willing to die for it......
By Wednesday things were a bit calmer and I saw this posted on one of my pagan friends statuses and I was so happy to see that he was getting it, what I was trying to say. I happily shared it on my pages and my group as well:
If someone wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Merry Yule, Happy Pancha Ganapati, Merry Bodhi Day, Happy Eid, Happy Boxing Day, Happy Junkanoo, or Happy Festivus (or even, heaven forbid, the dreaded, generic Happy Holiday), then that someone is trying to say something nice to you. Even if it's not "your" holiday. I think that getting offended by such statements is silly, and that the proper response to such a statement of well-wishing is THANK YOU.
I posted it in my group saying THIS is what I am talking about and if you don't agree I pray to god to remove you from my midst. I don't know if anyone left that day but it doesn't matter, they will either go now or stay to fight me another day. And there is no reason to fight, only to love...
Wednesday evening I was happy to see that my Photo ID Segment aired! I do so hope that it gets me some more traffic on CassiesCalendar because this is such a lonely time of the year and people need to get out and be with one another instead of home alone. The suicide rate quadruples this time of year, mostly due to sadness, isolation, desperation. We need more connections we need more love we need to care about one another more. If I can have an event and bring just one person a bit of fun and companionship I have done a lot! With this in mind I was a bit sad to see that one person I was working with on events decided to NOT move forward with a singles dance we were going to do together. Granted this one was going to potentially make us a bit of money so I don't know if that's where I went wrong or not... But she had written to me asking me to change the zip code of my new group to her area, put her photos all over because she is prettier and attracts more men to the events which she thinks will bring more women, and she wanted to keep it quiet that we were going to make any money. I replied that my group was mine her was hers I didn't want to put her all over my group but we can work together, and to pray about weather it was right to lie about making money off it. I don't feel the need to discuss all details but at the same time I wouldn't lie. Her response to me was that now she doesn't think we should do the event, that its too much work. Oh well maybe she will change her mind again.......or maybe God will bring me someone else to work with.
Thursday I got an e-mail saying that Randy had not opened the electronic e-card I sent him for Thanksgiving. This really bothered me especially since I had just got done getting him a real card for Christmas that I was going to give him with his gifts. I got a great deal on a pocket camcorder and knew he would love that and could record his snowmobile trips. So I texted him to nag him, and I texted teasing saying well if you didn't open that pehaps I should keep your presents as you won't open them....he ignored my texts but he did later open the card as the system sent me an e-mail. It's insulting when you go out of your way to wish someone a holiday greeting and they ignore you. What has gotten into everyone I thought? But he called me on his way to work, we had passed on the street near his house and he called to chat. He told me he handn't opened it because he couldn't figure out how, that it didn't have a link like in the past. Ok so I guess you get your christmas present after all I told him. You didn't have to get me anything he said, now I have to get you something. I told him if he don't want it I can give it to someone else......I didn't say that he said...
I went home to get ready for my event that night and Jeremy and his friend stopped in. He had been away a couple of days visiting up in Flemington and I was happy to see him safe and sound even though they came in and swarmed the kitchen like locusts, reminiscent of the old days. LOL Alex said he missed my old house, it was odd to see him using a walker but he had been in a horrible motorcycle accident, and frankly lucky to be alive. I did the mom lecturing about I hope you learned to be more careful now..he rolled his eyes but he listened. The event was fun, not a big one and I since I was not the main host I also got time to talk to a couple of people more closely than I normally do. One woman was talking about how hard it is to be out in the dating world again, not knowing the rules anymore, fearful of online dating, trust problems all sorts of things. This is a story I have heard countless times before.... She had expressed interest in my Attract Your SoulMate Workshop and also got me thinking maybe I need to write a Dating 101 one..... Driving home I prayed to god to show me again where I need to focus my energy to really bring in more money and it seemed like my voice said dribs and drabs aren't any good how about one big lump sum and then you don't have to worry. Yes that would work best i said, and I'd not waste my free time I'd use it to help others I replied...yes we know was the reply. Later that night Randy stopped over to get the nitrile gloves I had gotten him for work that he can't find anymore. I recanted the story to him and he just rolled his eyes saying I just need to get a second job and work real hard like he does. We are so different he and I sometimes.... But he did thank me for the thankgiving e-card he finally got open and he apologized that he can't find my purple christmas lights that I left at his house the ones he gave me for christmas that year we were together. I told him no worries it was my fault for leaving them there thinking I would be with you the following year.......you're the one who left me he started in..... Let's not do this anymore and I shooed him out the door....
Today I want you to cherish each and every holiday greeting that you receive, and return it in good spirits. For no matter what you celebrate inside your heart the real issue is that you celebrate and belive in anything at all, and the ones around you. There are many who belive in nothing , celebrate nothing.....that is the greatest poverty I can think of.....
With Love and in the Light, Cassie