The Gift of Diwali

Diwali marks the time when millions of Hindu across the world celebrate the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and new beginnings. It is celebrated with a festival of lights, candles, fireworks, sweet delicacies and family gatherings. It’s kind of like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years rolled into one.

As the holiday season begins in America, wouldn’t it be great if we began with a little reverence and gratitude, a little faith in the Divine and good over evil, and celebrate the gifts we have?

It is easy to get lost in the horrific daily news of the world’s events. There’s so much despair, discord, dysfunction, and destruction. Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed and powerless. “There’s nothing I can do!”

And yet, there is. We just need a little Diwali in our lives. We have choice. We can see our lives and the world with eyes of distrust or eyes of delight!

How are you seeing your world today?

Every month since March (when I left Maggie at the Seeing Eye) I call the school asking if they have a match for me with Seeing Eye dog seven. Every month, I’m disappointed. Yet, I can see their response as a negative and wine, “Why not me! Everyone else gets a dog?” Or, I can see this as a blessing. “I must not be ready, or, the perfect pup hasn’t come my way yet.” This is a gift for I don’t have to:

Take the dog outside to relieve herself four times a day; especially fun in a blizzard.

Get up early.

Brush the dog every day.

Do obedience training every day

Put up with other dogs or people doing inappropriate behaviors.

Walk one or two miles a day.

Everything is in divine order. Everything is a gift. Everything is a reason to celebrate, light candles, eat delectable foods, and/or to set off internal fireworks.

If you’re needing a little sparkle in your life, I challenge you to try one of these things:

Turn off the news for one week

Do a happy dance for at least five minutes in the privacy of your living room

Light a candle just for fun

Listen to some special soothing music or attend a concert

Go to a museum

Take a walk outside in nature no matter the weather

Walk away when hearing folks talk negative about anything

Take sixteen seconds and switch your thoughts from the negative to the positive

Take five minutes out daily to meditate or mindfully breathe

In this way you have control. You can change your Self, and the harshness of the world which cannot compare to the comforting love of God, the home of your heart and the refuge of your soul. Thus the world will turn towards the good, the light, and new beginnings. You are giving yourself the gift of Diwali. You are changing the way you see and you are changing the way you live.


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  1. Stephanie Hanouw

    Keep up the good words, Gail. I am thankful for the time I had getting to know you better and entertaining with you. God bless you and may your dog come sooner than later. Smiles!

    1. Gail

      Loved performing with you as well!!!! And our friendship. Dog 7 in January.

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