The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #7 Freedom

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by Linda M. Potter

On the first day of Christmas my true self gave to me… a dozen magnificent messages of wisdom and wonder from 12 popular speakers, authors, and visionaries. Each gift is from the heart, given with love exclusively for BellaSpark readers. Enjoy unwrapping these priceless life-affirming gifts!

I like to say (grinning ear to ear) that God has finally figured out a way to communicate with me – through “sign” language. So I wasn’t surprised when I encountered a sign on the side mirror of a new car (one that had “Linda’s Christmas gift” written all over it) that read, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than they Appear. The convex mirror on which the warning appears affords the driver a clearer view of what’s behind him, but the tradeoff is that it distorts distance. The mirror can lull the driver into a false sense of security, leading him to believe that what’s following behind is farther away than it actually is.

It’s the same with unresolved life issues. We may believe we’ve left old “baggage” like resentment, fear and limitation in our dust as we put the pedal to the metal and sped off down life’s winding highway. But when we take a backward look, we find that we haven’t left it behind at all; it’s hitched to our rear bumper, stuffed inside an oversized U-Haul.

We’re never truly free of our personal baggage until we make a conscious effort to unhitch it, release it and bless the lessons it has provided. One of the gifts of the holiday season is that it’s the perfect opportunity to lovingly get closure on the year we’re leaving behind, while happily anticipating the new one to come. Consciously letting go of that which no longer serves us clears the road ahead for the joy ride of a lifetime.

Linda M. Potter is a popular speaker and the author of If Only Would Give Me a Sign! www.lindampotter.com.

November/December 2011

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by Linda M. Potter

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by Jan Waterman

A Dozen Christmas Roses
by Author Unknown

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #1 Laughter
by Merrie Lynn Ross

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #2 Happiness
by John Randolph Price

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #3 Inspiration
by Jack Canfield

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #4 Life
by don Miguel Ruiz

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #5 Your Heart’s Song
by Barry Goldstein

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #6 Radical Self Care
by Cynthia James

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #7 Freedom
by Linda M. Potter

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #8 Self Love
by Arielle Ford

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #9 Self
by Katrina Pfannkuch

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #10 Encouragement
by Mark Hoog

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #11 Gratitude
by Ed & Deb Shapiro

The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #12 Peace
by Donna Visocky

Heeding Our Wakeup Call: An Interview with Michael Mirdad
by Tuula Fai

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The 10 Best Apps for a Healthy, Green Lifestyle
by Katrina Pfannkuch

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