To quote John Lennon, “So here it is Christmas, and what have you done? The old year is over, and a new one’s just begun.”
This song touched me the moment I first heard it. It was written by John and Yoko in 1971 as a protest song against the VietNam war, and every year when I hear it I wonder to myself, “What have I done this year? What have I learned? What can I do to help others?”
I’m never sure when making a list (and checking it twice) how long to make it, but since I was the oldest of five girls (yes, five!) I will share my 5 items that I think are both thoughtful and empowering, and that would make fabulous last-minute Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for women on your list.
- The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You by Mike Dooley. Mike is a wise, humorous, and even joyful New York Times best-selling author. If you have lost someone, or are facing that process, this book will help you. It certainly helped me get through the recent loss of my younger sister, Terry.
- Money, A Love Story by Kate Northrup. The subtitle is: “Untangle your financial woes and create the life you really want,” and that pretty much says it all. I read it this summer and I then put everything in order and still balance my checkbook almost daily! A great read for gals of all ages!
- Playing Big by Tara Mohr. Tara is a personal coach, a writer/poet, and a mother. She encourages every woman to quit holding back and “find your voice, your mission, your message.” It was named a Best Book of 2014 by Apple’s iBooks and it’s been called, “the how-to manual we have been waiting for.” I feel very lucky to have an autographed copy, and I can’t wait to dig in to it!
- For that someone who has everything: you can donate to Charity:Water www.charitywater.org/ I just watched Marie Forleo interview Scott Harrison, the founder of Charity Water. I sat and cried when he said, “Water can give a woman dignity, at the most human level.” I donated, and promised to do a fundraiser on my birthday next year.
- And saving the gift closest to my heart for last…You can make a donation to The American Cancer Society at- www.cancer.org/donate or to St. Judes www.tg.stjude.org . Give, to help more kids live.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays,
Reverend Theresa Kathleen O’Klock-Glick
September 3, 1953 – November 12, 2014