Hesitating ever still, sharp scissors in her hand. Letters were gone and photos too, it was a sight she couldn’t stand. With frozen breath each knot was cut, dismantling the dreams. Tearfully enflamed…each ashen eye, a catcher with broken seams. It was the worst to feel each cut sink into swollen tide. She never wanted to sever these strings for from herself she can not hide.
by Felicia Lujan
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Categories: Children, Community, Giving, Holiday, Inner Beauty, Inspirational, Light, Love, New Mexico, Personal Glimpses, Positive Energies, Santa Fe, Worthy Reads, Writers, Writing
This year we will not exchange gifts in my family. After being inspired to give more to others at the last ARMA meeting, I decide to buy some gifts for kids in need with my extra money. My friend Lynn was telling me that some children go to her place until 4:00pm after school and then wait to get into a shelter for the night? It is so sad to think about. If I was wealthy, I would help so much more.
All I really have to give is light, but George MacDonald once said “if instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.” That is so true. I embedded links to two stories I wrote during the holidays a while back. They are good ones to share again.
Compassionately Human by Felicia Lujan~ 11.14.2013
Giving a Sparkle by Felicia Lujan~ 11.28.2012
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Met the work gang at Zia Diner after work for a mini Christmas party and birthday celebration. I eyeballed French fries on the menu and I kept thinking about how the lusciously divine treat was missing from the table. I didn’t order any, drooled just thinking about it, and I’m laying here *craving* french fries so much right now that it hurts. But I never eat french fries you say??? I know. I know. Can someone hand feed me fries please? It was a fun night…other than a steady craving for some deliciousiosity and all.
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I am so proud of my Northern New Mexico Chapter of ARMA. They let me select a holiday charity recipient and I selected my friend Lynn Sanchez, the owner of Sojourner’s Advocacy Cafe in Santa Fe. My chapter gave them $500 to help those in need. For 7 years, my friend Lynn has worked to help women and children in need. She is the one person I know who is making a real difference in our community by providing a safe haven, resources, and her heart to others.
Before the presentation of the award, Lynn talked about being moved to help people in 2007. She had met a woman who was in an abusive situation and was actually living in a hole in Taos. She talked about children in need and the number of homeless people who died on the streets of Santa Fe last year. I give Lynn so much credit because she is also spearheading a movement to fight human trafficking. Lynn works actively with local law enforcement and the Attorney General’s Office in these efforts to provide further protection to women and children.
It felt good to know my chapter made a little difference…that my chapter did a good thing…that my chapter cares. During the chapter meeting, Lynn told an ARMA member that she has known me for at least 20 years. She and her husband also own Mandrill’s Gym (my home away from home) and that is where I met her long ago. Since day one, I took a liking to the sweet, knowledgeable, beautiful, woman with red hair. The same member Lynn mentioned that to told me, “it says something about you that you have been in the gym for 20 years.” Hahaaa…yeah…I guess so. That felt kinda good too. :)