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St. Nicholas, Patron Saint of Children and Sailors

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Wishes for You this Christmas…

christmas ship copyright jlwThe stories say St. Nicholas is the patron saint of children and sailors. As the magical fella circumnavigates the world tonight, may your childlike heart and your adventurous soul be blessed.

Like a sailor on her watch, may you be especially attuned to the precious moments that surround you.

May you toss all unkind thoughts overboard, especially those you say to yourself, to lighten your ship, setting you free to sail wherever you wish to be.

And, especially, if things feel a little stormy, I wish you a peaceful energy that fills your sails with
comfort as you remember those not with you or as you navigate through changes that feel a little harder this time of year.

(Psst…St. Nick, sprinkle these special people with an extra dose of child-like magic and playfulness to brighten their holidays even more than they imagined possible. Thanks.)
He’s very good at that, you know.
Merry Christmas!  Yo Ho Ho!

Sailing Wishes

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christmas ship copyright jlwSailing wishes your way on a ship that happened a few years back.

Perhaps painting this one was the extra kick that brought the pieces together that resulted in me training as a tall ship sailor the following year.

The creative process is that kind of amazing place. It’s the place where we let our whole minds start connecting all the dots. It’s not as much about what we create, it’s about giving our minds, hearts and souls the tools to make things happen in a better way than if we were simply using left brain logic and making choices based on external factors.

Like… well, training as a sailor, just out of chemo, doesn’t appear to be a logical move. But when logic and creativity and passion come together – we find ways to make things happen.

And so, the wishes! Yes, I started out sending wishes! And here they are…
Wishing you many precious moments as we head into the holidays; moments that lift your spirits if things are crazy;  that peeks in and says, “all is well – breath;” moments that help you know the fun and love and joy that can be a part of it all. And wishes for kindness to yourself if all doesn’t feel great, because that can happen, too.  So many struggle with Christmas – maybe all of us in some way or another.

Wishes, of course, for you to have creative time – whether it’s making, thinking, or imagining – simply space that opens doors in your mind and heart.   AND Hang on!  One more wish!  May there be magic that sails in unexpectedly, giving you a shiver of awe, letting you know there really is more than what we can see with our eyes in this world – including mystical ships decorated for Christmas and the Spirit of Santa.

Merry Christmas!



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