A Joyful Noise!

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon


Vol. 9 pg. 51 & 52 (12-23-10)

Chris and Her Partner Julie

This issue is a tribute to Chris Kahl, a UCM ministerial student, member of the Center for Creative Living congregation and dear friend who went into spirit on Tuesday, Dec. 21st – surrounded by her partner, sister and many wonderful UCM ministers.



I am sharing, honoring and loving all humankind

this Holiday season. And, You can too!

Last week I spoke of slowing down and appreciating the holidays. Many of us, during the busy holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year’s Day, presume that we should all be happy. For most of us, our moods swing from one emotion to another depending on what each day brings and what the circumstances are surrounding our lives. This is particularly true for those folks who have lost friends or family during this past year.

We might be happy one moment and sad or stressed the next. For some, this is not a time of joy and cheer, but of sadness, depression, loneliness, anxiety and self-evaluation. It is normal that we find ourselves feeling different emotions especially during this time of year. But, when we let our negative thoughts or feelings get the better of us, we can hurt our health and fall into a negative funk. Warding off stress, sadness and depression is a smart and sensible way to stay healthy, mentally and physically, now and all year long.

All of this is so easy to say but so difficult to deal with. It’s like the minute the first Christmas lights appear there is a growing knot in the pit of your stomach. Take time to honor yourself, and then help others.

For me, it is a time to become active in our spiritual center, finding ways to support others emotionally, physically or through charitable acts. How can you do this – to help relieve some of the anxiety? Help others by donating time and energy to bring joy. Here at CCL we are gathering clothes, sheets, food, etc. for a family that is in desperate need. A large group of supportive and loving individuals decorated the sanctuary while Rev. Doti was ill. Folks are cooking and baking to help with the Christmas meal and many are gathering to support those experiencing great grief at the loss of our wonderful Chris Kahl.

If you have friends or loved ones who exhibit signs of depression, you may be able to understand their feelings by listening to them, and involving them in activities that will discourage inward negative thoughts. Giving them a simple job – accompanied with some genuine praise – will help them to become more interested in life and hopefully less depressed.  But most importantly – be there for them and be a good listener. Allow them to acknowledge their feelings.

No one needs to force themselves to feel happy just because it’s the holidays. Reach out to others – gently encouraging them to not be alone during this time, to attend a group – such as our own upcoming Christmas celebration at CCL – or other religious groups or community organizations. Do not be pushy! Be loving!

And if you feel you or others are completely overwhelmed by stress, sadness or depression, then professional counseling is definitely in order. Speak with your health care professional or mental health specialist.

Just think – a brand New Year is just around the corner!

And now – some humor for the season! 

A mother plays the guitar while her two daught...

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Twas the night before Christmas – when all through the house
I searched for the tools – to hand to my spouse

Instructions were studied – and we were inspired,
in hopes we could manage – “Some Assembly Required.”

The children were quiet – (not asleep) in their beds,
while Dad and I faced the evening with dread:
a kitchen, two bikes, and Barbie’s townhouse to boot!
And now, thanks to Grandpa, a train with a toot!

We opened the boxes; my heart skipped a beat –
let no parts be missing or parts incomplete!

“Too late for returns or last minute replacement;
if we can’t get it right, it goes straight to the basement!

When what to my worrying eyes should appear
but 50 sheets of directions, concise, but not clear,
With each part numbered and every slot named,
so if we failed, only we could be blamed.

More rapid than eagles the parts then fell out,
all over the carpet they were scattered about.
“Now bolt it! Now twist it! Attach it right there!
Slide on the seats, and staple the stair!
Hammer the shelves, and nail to the stand.”
“Honey,” said hubby, “you just glued my hand.”

And then in a twinkling, I knew for a fact
that all the toy dealers had indeed made a pact
to keep parents busy all Christmas Eve night
with “Assembly Required” till morning’s first light

We spoke not a word, but kept bent at our work,
till our eyes, they went bleary; our fingers all hurt.
The coffee went cold and the night, it wore thin
before we attached the last rod and last pin.

Then laying the tools away in the chest,
we fell into bed for a well-deserved rest.
But I said to my husband just before I passed out,
“This will be the best Christmas, without any doubt.
Tomorrow we’ll cheer, let the holiday ring,
and not run to the store for one single thing!

We did it! We did it! The toys are all set
for the perfect, most magical Christmas, I bet!”

Then off to dreamland and sweet repose
I’m grateful I went, though I suppose
there’s something to say for those self-deluded-
I’d forgotten that BATTERIES are never included!


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