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Is this a Happy Holiday for you? My intended contribution.

Which might you celebrate this month?

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December’s many holidays include:

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    •    Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)
•    Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican)
•    St. Lucia Day (Swedish)
•    Hanukkah (Jewish)
•    Christmas Day (Christian)
•    Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian)
•    Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish)
•    Kwanzaa (African American)
•    Omisoka (Japanese)
•    Yule (Pagan)
•    Saturnalia (Pagan)

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While I have personally participated in five or six of the above holidays, I am most familiar, given my background, with Christmas, when people celebrate the birth of a person viewed as a wonderful gift to humanity, for our own learning and growth.

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(EducationWorld.com provides newly updated links about December’s “world of holidays.”)

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To begin, I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas day and season, full of joy, gratitude, and delight!

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I’d like to share with you a few of my joys, gratitudes, and delights this season, if I may, also.

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I feel joy when I reflect on the love provided to me by my parents and by me to my children.

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I also I feel a bittersweet joy when I think of the progression of human learning over the last 13,000 or so years.  The costs, to some of humanity at least, have been, in my mind, staggering, but the progression of benefits for some also quite staggering!

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Pretty much starting from scratch, humanity has discovered, piece by piece, with increasing clarity, who and what we are, including how and why we extract resources from our Mother Planet to not only sustain ourselves, but to also build.  This includes also how we can relate to each other, for good and for bad, including across cultures.

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Do I think we have it “all figured out?”  No I do not, especially none of us as individuals.

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Do I think our basic building blocks have been exposed by some and understood by many?

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Definitely, yes!

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And I do believe that opportunity exists for each of us to learn what we need to do, to contribute our own very best, as well?

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Definitely, yes!

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I am grateful that I am not having to dodge rockets, grenades, or bullets around my home and in my day-to-day living.  This is a priceless freedom that I enjoy and would like to keep intact, not only for me, but also for increasing numbers of others, too.

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And among my delights is the daily opportunity to invest myself in what I think truly matters, not only for me, but for humanity as a whole, too.

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My work in the public schools enables me to do just this, with opportunity to tackle pretty much the same muli-cultural and multi-faceted personal and collective survival and development issues that humanity as a whole must address, even if admittedly toned down in general intensity.

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Hence, the opportunity to empower many varieties of people, from each their own perspectives, to engage with self respect and with respect for others, to co-create with others something “bigger” than any one of us could do alone, something that works increasingly for everybody, and something that is sustainable over the long term.

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I treasure my background, education, education, and skills.

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I treasure my key business associates.

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I treasure my family.

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I treasure “the forever family” among humanity.

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With joy, gratitude, and delight, I am,

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~Norman Jentner

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Norman Jentner, Ph.D.

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Peace of Mind for Peak Performance
Bridges to Culture Advantages
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(All grounded in Respect)

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