By Karen Zizzo


We all face adversity in our lives but it is how we react to it and handle the adversity that determines our level of joy and happiness.  Are you going to develop the Scrooge attitude this Christmas because 2009 was a difficult year to live through or are you going to look for ways to help others in need of food, support, or gifts for their children?

I hope that this poem that I share in my new book, “Ask and You Shall Receive™ Spiritual Strategies for Success in Work & Life” will help you realize that every day is a gift to be cherished and that every season truly brings its own unique blessings to look forward to.

“Any day I’m vertical is a good day…

that’s what I always say.

if you ask me, How are you?

I’ll answer, ‘GREAT!’

because in saying so,

make it so

When Life gives me dark clouds and rain,

appreciate the moisture

that brings a soft curl to my hair.

When Life gives me sunshine,

gratefully turn my face up

to feel its warmth on my cheeks.

When Life brings fog,

I hug my sweater around me

and give thanks for the cool shroud of mystery

that makes the familiar seem different and intriguing.

When Life brings snow,

I dash outside to catch the first flakes on my tongue,

relishing the icy miracle that is a snowflake.

Life’s events and experiences

are like the weather – they come and go,

no matter what my preference.

So what the heck!

I might as well decide to enjoy them.

For indeed, there IS a time for every purpose under HEAVEN.

and each season brings its own unique blessings.

–           Weather Report, BJ Gallagher

After reading this poem, light 6 Candles as a symbol of the following spiritual qualities – Faith, Love, Hope, Strength, Understanding, and Trust and in order to help you start the holiday season with a heart full of optimism. Take a moment to reflect on the spiritual power that you desire to develop more fully in yourself and in your life in 2010 and pray that you will be given the strength and courage to endure whatever is in front of you this holiday season and in the upcoming year.  Celebrate life, celebrate you and most of all celebrate the life of Jesus Christ this season.

Copyright Karen Zizzo 2009.  All rights reserved.  Karen is an Author, Inspirational Speaker and Life Coach who encourages people to embrace powerful spiritual principles into their lives and share their personal stories with others.  Karen can be reached at 1-800-538-5194 or .   To book Karen for a presentation or media appearance, please contact her publicist, Joyce Hansen, Class Act Connections – 905-278-0952 or

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