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December 15, 2010

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P��� 12 A Christmas Carol Wednesday, December 22nd 7:00 p.m. QIA Main Hall 235 E. Ironwood, Quartzsite A Community Christmas Event presented by the churches of Quartzsite Need singers and actors! Please call Jeremiah at 928-926-9571 ���.D�����M��������.��� THOUGHTBUSTER.COM What do you want? By Coach Louise Rouse day tradition, the time of year when many ask, “What do you want for the holidays?” We ask children what is on your wish list. We ask each other. We want to know what to buy, forgetting the element of surprise, the fun of not knowing, of receiving something we never even thought of; letting go of ex- pectation, and opening up the magic of the mysterious. Why did we ever create expectation December is the month of holi- ment, have faith that the person giv- ing you the gift knew what was best for the giver, and the receiver; allowing love and compassion to express in the giving and receiving exchange. As the love in a homemade scarf lasts forever, where a video game is short lived. I remember one of my most embar- with the art of giving? Why did we add pressure and hinder joy? What if we answered the question of what do you want with, “I want this or something better”? With utter faith that if we received something better, it would be the best gift of all. Even if you wanted a video game but received a homemade scarf. This something better could be something we never dreamed we needed or wanted. Yet in hindsight could prove to be the best gift of all. To receive a gift without disappoint- rassing moments as a child on Christ- mas morning. I wanted a bike, but when I looked un- der and around the tree it was not there. I started crying, pouting, feeling disappointed, yet the bike was there all along. It was just behind the couch. I had acted like a spoiled brat. When I saw the bike I was ashamed of my behavior, as I acted so ungrateful. Expectations can be a set up for disappointment. Yet surrender- ing to the delight of surprise can make giving and receiving a joyous experi- ence. Wouldn’t it be fun to open a gift without a clue as to what it will be? Re- turning the meaning of receiving and giving a present into a more mindful adventure. The same applies to life. If we have expectations, we can be let down. How- ever, if we surrender to trusting that what happens, or comes to us, will give us gifts we never even thought of we can flow with life’s disappointments easier. Trusting each disappointment is an opportunity for something bet- ter. Something better could be that we become better human beings. Expectations cause suffering as there is attachment to the outcome. Sur- rendering to releasing attachment al- lows us to receive the gifts we all really want: love, peace and joy.  SEE EXPECTATIONS ON PAGE 13 WATCHES BATTERIES BLACK HILLS GOLD SAME LOCATION! Tyson Wells space #11 AVIS & DICK CASSEM 602-390-1613 CRAFTS & YARN NOW OPEN! Same Location! Lots of New Yarn! We’re looking forward to seeing all our friends and customers! Tyson Wells Space #11 • Wool Sock Arlene & Dale 605-390-6379 D������� 15, 2010 Everyday Low Prices!

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