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The inevitability of the season, and the ways in which it suffuses so many aspects of the day, from Internet ads to party invitations, can push aside the type of reflection the year's end lends itself to, said Edward Viljoen, senior minister at Santa Rosa's Center for Spiritual Living.

"Unfortunately, with commerce revving up and getting stronger, it interrupts that flow," he said. "Instead of people slowing down and thinking, they are being forced on a minute-by-minute basis to look outward towards acquisitiveness and parties.

"I think what they are really longing for is some peace and some opportunity for reflection on what has happened over the past year."

7 comments:

  1. Wonderful observation.. makes me breath a little slower and feel a little calmer just reading it.
    Great quote!!

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  2. They asked the right person. Thank you for stating this so beautifully. For various reasons I missed some of the busy-ness, and the quiet time has been good. You set a good example.
    Laura Feahr

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  3. I'm so glad the PD caught these comments. Dr. Edward's Christmas Eve talk encouraged me to stay home for some needed rest and quiet time on Christmas day, rather than go out to a film with others.

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  4. I'm so glad the PD caught this. Dr. Edward's Christmas Eve talk encouraged me to stay home for some needed rest and quiet time on Christmas day, rather than go to a film with others.

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  5. Ditto-The silver-gray skies and the constantly drizzling raindrops are helping me be reflective and softened. But I am also ready for more sun:)

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  6. Ditto-The silver-gray skies and the constantly drizzling raindrops are helping me be reflective and softened. But I am also ready for more sun:)

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  7. They asked the right person. Thank you for stating this so beautifully. For various reasons I missed some of the busy-ness, and the quiet time has been good. You set a good example.
    Laura Feahr

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