May we all have a blessed, peaceful and Happy New Year, under the protection of God The Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit!
“Today is born of the Virgin Him Who holdest all creation in the hollow of His hand. He Whose essence is untouchable is wrapped in swaddling clothes as a babe.” — From the Royal 9th Hour of the Nativity.
I hope everyone has a joyful Christmas, filled with the blessings and the peace that only God can provide. Happy Birthday to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Every year on the 21th of December it’s Look on the Bright Side Day, a day to be optimistic, a day that encourages people from around the world to see positive situations and circumstances. Look on the Bright Side Day is all about learning the positive lessons and embracing an optimistic approach.
The origin of the phrase “to look on the bright side” remain shrouded in mystery. As for the meaning, it’s a way of someone telling us to be cheerful and optimistic despite of the difficulties one may be facing during the day.
This advice has many benefits, as making sure to keep a positive mindset can actually help in various ways, such as:
- Increase life span.
- Lower rates of depression.
- Lower levels of distress.
- Offer greater resistance to the common cold.
- Improve psychological and physical well-being.
- Reduce risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
- Improve coping skills during times of stress.
Since I’m called upon to look for something positive, out of an otherwise bad or sad situation, I will try to do so. I’ve been suffering from chronic pain for a long time, I struggle with mental health problems, such as OCD, anxiety and depression, I’ve been raised in a dysfunctional family and I am too poor to afford the medical help I need. And that list of problems doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what I’ve been through. But God has been by my side throughout my life and I trust that He who started a good work in me will complete it and will glorify Himself by showing His mercy on me.
Sometimes, bad experiences have positive lessons to be learned. If you have any such lessons from your life that you would like to share with the world, I invite you to do so (either in a brief paragraph or in more detail) in the comments section below.
“We don’t think our way into new ways of living; we live our way into new ways of thinking.” – Richard Rohr.
Do you agree? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
The Festival of Hanukah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying Greek armies, about 150 years before Jesus’ birth.
Central to the celebrations is the story that the Temple menorah (seven-lamped candelabrum) miraculously burned for over a week – even though they thought the had only one day’s worth of ritually pure oil left.
They used the extra week to purify themselves and were therefore able to maintain the sacred space.
I recommend watching the following video of Founded In Truth’s YouTube channel if you want to know whether Christians should celebrate Hanukkah:
Happy Hanukah to everyone who celebrates it!
This year, on International Disability Day, I want to leave you with this short video created by Australian motivational speaker Tim from AskTim.com.au, about why we should try to find the ability in disability:
It reminds me of a quote attributed to Mr. Rogers: “It’s not what you can’t do. It’s what you can do that matters.” (or something along those lines)
On December the 1th 2020, Romania celebrates its 102nd Great Union Day. This national holiday marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.
To find out more about Great Union Day, I invite you to read last year’s article: https://lucian-hodoboc.com/happy-101th-anniversary-romania/
If you’re interested in finding out some cool facts about Romania, please watch the following video: