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Spirit Lives in Your Heart

This could be the best holiday season you ever had. Do you want to know why? After everything you went through this year, it feels good to celebrate you, your family and what you care about most, like never before. I bet out of all the holiday seasons you had, this one will live in your memory for a long time.

Appreciate the gifts you have already received this year, there are many. When you normally wouldn’t have dreamed of being in some of the situations you had to face; adversity taught you to be stronger. You succeeded in pushing forward for the greater good.

You turned obstacles into courage of conviction and forged on, learning how to be more grateful than ever before. You developed patience and realized that there are still many hurdles to go through but you will endure with greater determination and understanding.

You became flexible and resilient. You are also hopeful that change will come by what you can still achieve. People mean everything to you. You are so happy your family and friends are there for you. It becomes even more special to give back and help people whenever you can. I think it is always the season for people to communicate, bond and heal.

Let me remind you of your other gifts. You learned that good health truly does matter. Just getting up in the morning and going outside to breathe in some fresh air is a gift in itself. Also on the gift list is getting the opportunity to try something new over and over again. How exciting is that! Anything your heart desires can be a powerful reminder to continually explore options, be open-minded and move in new directions.

A wonderful idea for the holidays is making time to share your feelings with people. Be creative with ideas, gifts you can make and letters from the heart. Make special treats you know people will enjoy. Open lines of communication by phone, Zoom and cards that express your thankfulness for people in your life. Giving in this way—lets people know you care about them and is always a wonderful gesture.

Continue to focus your intentions on the future; but grateful for the beautiful life you have been given at this moment. Don’t forget to ask for help when you need it. When we acknowledge what is already working or not working, we make room for better things to still come into our lives. And as we all look forward to a new year, let us remember that the greatest joy of the holiday season is celebrating and enjoying all you have now.

The Fordney Foundation wishes all of you a happy and healthy holiday season,

***We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We have on our website a yellow brick road to engrave their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought Of The Week:

The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us

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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website

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