The first week of 2016 is upon us and the dust of the holiday season has begun to settle. Your gift list was completed and your home was infused with the aromas of garland, gravy and pies. Your spirit was enriched with several Thanksgiving...Winter Solstice…Christmas...New Years…Hanukkah…Kwanzaa… and/or Diwali festivities. What a fine holiday season. And it's called a “season" for a reason.
While the beauty and majesty of this season glows on our calendars each year, the energy it takes to materialize these meaningful moments is tremendous. We need a full "season” to enjoy and delight in these special activities, otherwise our bodies, sanity and spirit would collapse with exhaustion trying to celebrate them all.
This has been a tremendous season of Oz in the life of Dorothy, and I treasure the memories, lessons, connections, and relationships of each Oz experience I have enjoyed this year. I was the Grand Marshall of an Oz-themed community parade in my hometown of Lakeside, I spoke about my great-grandfather at an Oz weekend celebration on Coronado where Baum spent so many winters writing, and I went to Pennsylvania, Los Angeles and Taiwan where I led seminars about The Wisdom of Oz and the challenges of Dorothy’s return to Kansas. My time in Oz has been action-packed with ceremonious appeal, and my spirit has enjoyed returning to the quiet solitude of my home and life with Gita.
The holiday season is like a treasure chest full of nostalgic memories, heartfelt connections, family feasts, new friends, and fun-filled entertainment.
It provides the nourishment we need to enter into the New Year…to imagine our hopes and dreams, and declare our intentions for the coming months ahead.
In a way it mirrors Dorothy's experiences in Oz with friends and celebrations …. and new challenges and adventures.
This year, when you find yourself reminiscing about the joys of the season and setting your intentions for New Year, you might remember your connection with Oz. Think about the lessons
you have learned in that magical kingdom, and what you might need to develop as you continue your adventure. The yellow brick road take you where it will, and your intentions will shape the your experiences and stimulate your inner growth and development.
As your companion in this journey, my wish for you is a brain filled with inspiring and creative thoughts, a heart filled with tender moments of love and affection, an infusion of courage to explore new horizons, and a deeper sense of the home that lies within.
May these gifts surround you with joy and shower you with blessings throughout the coming year.