I wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! I hope 2019 will be a healthy and good one for you. When you look back at you will be proud of the accomplishments. It doesn't matter where you are in life you are always a work in progress, do you feel it hasn't been much progress in 2018 it is time to change that. Start small, change, add, or eliminate things in you life to become a healthier person both physically and mentally. It could be cutting back on drinking or / and junk food, become more active. Maybe not letting your emotions run your life. Become clear what you expect from people. And remember almost everything worth while in life doesn't come fast and easy. Many times we need to sacrifice something short time for the benefit of a better life later, be able to do the things needed for the better future. This isn't easy at all. Most of us like to have the cake and eat it at the same time. BUT it is necessarily. Let me give you a personal example what I myself have to do. I like to carve wood and play the djembe drum. I haven't had much time for this the last year. I would like to prioritize those two things. It means I have to let something else go, temporarily or permanently. My priorities have to change. I might have to sacrifice and sell my motorcycle and become more effective about what I do with my time. .
I suggest that you sit down and write down (pen and paper) what you like to do in the next year: professionally, personally: relationships, hobbies,, health-wise: food and exercise. Then add one thing on each subject, an action how it will take you closer to what you want to accomplish, start small, or you will crash and burn before January 15.. If you do not succeed the first time, it doesn't mean you failed, no, pick your self up and keep doing it. Do NOT give up that is the key. Even if you feel you are doing microscopical progress it's progress and during a year it adds up. Good Luck and keep your spirit up!
We are in the middle of Hanukah celebration which is quite early this year. For our family it is the first of two holidays this month. We are a multicultural family; my wife being Jewish and myself born Christian (Lutheran). This works well in many aspect because we both are secular and embrace each others cultures. What I like the best about Hanukah is you get together as a family and light the candles in the menorah, which is a nine branched candelabrum. You lit a new candles each night for eight consecutive nights, I also like the latkes, fried potato pancakes which you eat during Hanukah, Latkes is a typical staple food in the Swedish kitchen, it brings back memories from my childhood. Another delicious fried food consumed during Hanukah are doughnuts. Usually they a filled with jam. I personally prefer the plain ones my wife makes.
The eight days celebration of Hanukah commemorates the re-dedication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors. The wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days, even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day's lighting. That is what the legend tells us
I wish everyone Happy Hanukah!
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