Christmas I Remember


“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger…..

Growing up, I remember our Christmases were not festive and elaborate. We didn’t get a tree, much less a lighted one until I think I was in my 20’s. I remember helping my Mom make a Christmas Tree, a wreath and a lantern made out of IBM cards. We would hang the wreath by the door, the lantern was hung by the window and we put the tree somewhere in a corner in our house. We would be the ONLY house with decorations like that and it made me feel kinda special! Christmas Eve, we would hang old socks by the window, for Santa to leave us something. In the…

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What It Takes to {Be}long?

“They said we live in a tough world. I don’t think we do. I think we live in a world full of tough people trying to outdo others. Everyone is in their quest to belong. It sure makes for a tough world.”


“How far will you go to belong?”

A sense of belonging whether it is at work, school, church or anywhere else is probably one of the most assuring feelings one could ever have. It is the knowing that they do not consider you any different from the rest of the crowd. That feeling of being accepted…you belong.


“I need to be like everyone else.”

When I was new at work, I felt like I didn’t belong there. Not because of the nature of my work but rather it’s the feeling, or should I say, vibes – that I got from everyone else. Fast forward to today, I still get the same feeling most times. Only this time, it is because my work etiquette is different from everyone else. As years go by, more and more of my colleagues (mostly Asians and a few Hispanics) sacrificed their work dignity just because…

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