November News


It is officially in the midst of holiday time! For some, this is the best time of year. For others, this can be a very difficult time of year. What does it mean for you? Maybe a little of both?

One of the other Chicktime volunteers shared this beautiful quote with me and I love it for this time of year. This time of year can be sensitive for some people, including me- I am thinking of what has happened (or not) in the last year, and all that I hope to accomplish in the next year. Some of these things are in my control, like how much I volunteer and how much time I spend at work. Some of these things I start to reflect on are not in my control and I just have to keep hoping for the best. This reminder to focus on the present with a thankful heart is just what I needed, so I hope it helps you too.

No amount of regret changes the past. It can be so easy to dwell on difficult or painful things, and it is easy to be overcome by them. If there is something you wish you could change in your past- think about what you learned from it, how it made you stronger, and don’t make the same mistake twice.

No amount of anxiety changes the future. There is a saying that worry is like a rocking chair- it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere. Know that if you do what is right, and you do your best, you will get to where you need to go. Stay productive, and keep moving forward!

Any amount of grateful joy changes the present. Focus on what is in front of you- that is what you have influence over. Staying present with today’s resources (internet, television, video games) is really tough. But if you actively make an effort to BE PRESENT, the people around you will feel more understood and appreciated. And if you are present with a grateful heart, it will give a positive spin to any situation and it can make all the difference.

What does this quote mean to you? Is there anything you need to change your perspective on to change your present?

One way to incorporate grateful joy in your present is to get out and do something positive. What can you do? What have you been putting off? If you’ve wanted to give back to your community, please join Chicktime at Casa de Amparo for our December event. This will be a comfy event- a pajama party! We would love if volunteers bring cookies to share in a cookie exchange with the girls, and we will have a light lunch. The girls actually gave us suggestions- they asked to make their own stockings, which we are happy to set up for them! We also plan to build gingerbread houses and enjoy the holiday time together. Please RSVP to Joann at joann.vanort@gmail.com by 12/3 if you would like to join. I would love to see you there.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season,