Wishing all of my readers, visitors, friends, lurkers, and fellow leather/boot/motorcycle enthusiasts all the best for Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate.
If I have only one thing for Christmas, it’s faith. Let me be clear, I am talking about my internal faith, not a religiously-imposed belief system. There are differences.
My faith is a deep-seated, firm belief that…
- People for the most part try to do the right thing, and are good.
- You get back much more than you give — so give of yourself and reap rich rewards.
- Money isn’t everything. It is perfectly okay to be frugal, live within your means, and not have to keep up with the Joneses with the latest toys, gadgets, luxury cars, and so forth.
- There are others who look to you to lead by example. It could be a child, a co-worker, a fellow motorcyclist, or even a perfect stranger. Always have faith in yourself in believing that you are a leader, and you will be that leader.
- Some people have less fortune, education, and a difficult life. You can help without giving handouts, but instead–a helping hand. Repair something, listen and pay attention, give of your time and talents. Have faith that your efforts to “pay it forward” will be paid back.
- You don’t ‘get’ unless you ask, so ask for what you want within reason. You may be very surprised that you often will get what you ask for.
- You attract more bees with honey than with vinegar — applying that age-old phrase to today — people who are civil, kind, and pleasant are often the ones who succeed in life. Think about it.
- You don’t have to have proof that something exists for that something to be real — be it God or the simple matter of believing that your fiance will be healthy once again.
My faith abides, and guides my soul. It guides my very existence, and direction in the decisions that I make in life.
To my faithful followers, I will return to blogging about boots, leather, and motorcycling soon. Meanwhile, think of something you can do for someone else. Do it, then smile in knowing that you have the power to show your faith through simple deeds and actions.
Life is short: show those you love how you love them.
I have had the pleasure, or shall I say the long-term observation to behold your faith in action every day. Without realizing it, you have led me in life since the day our Mom gave birth to us, If anything, you underestimate how much your faith in yourself and in everyone around you has such inestimable power.
I look forward to seeing you in April, to serve as your Best Man, when you marry the man you love, and I have admired as a brother-in-law for some 20 years.
Merry Christmas, brother. With love, I close from Cortina d’Ampezzo with my usual saying, “ore e sempre.”
Wonderful thoughts on this holy day, BHD! You are an inspiration to many I’m sure, both religious and not. For certain you are an inspiration to at least one. Merry Christmas!