Advent Calendar for Optimists: Sunday 13 December 2020
In the Centre for Optimism's Advent Calendar, there's a new entry each day with a quotable quotes for optimists, bible verses for optimists in Advent and an activity. Somedays there music and recipes too. You may get your daily Advent reminder by email or whatsapp message or social media - email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you would like to receive it.
Quotable Quotes for Advent Optimism
Archbishop Mar Meelis Zaia AM, Metropolitan Assyrian Church of the East (Advent 2020)
"After experiencing a difficult and dark year burdened with trials and uncertainties, here we are coming to the end of 2020, preparing ourselves once more to celebrate the birth of Christ renewed with hope and optimism.
"The event of the birth of Christ over 2020 years ago was the bright light that pierced the dark night of Bethlehem enlightening the hearts and souls of those who awaited God’s salvation. He still, even today, is the light that shines in our hearts and gives us hope for peace and tranquillity."
Bishop Les Tomlinson (Christmas Message 2014)
"It is during difficult times that one can realize the set of values a child or person possesses. Children must be taught to stick by their values and principles no matter whether the situation is good or bad.
"In order to educate in the family, it is necessary to step out of ourselves and be with our young people, to accompany them in the stages of their growth and to set ourselves beside them.
"Give them hope and optimism for their journey in the world. Teach them to see the beauty and goodness of creation, but above all, with your own life, be witnesses of what you communicate.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
Recipe for Today: Christmas Trifle
Perfected by Rob Masters' Mother, Nancy Masters.
The Christmas Trifle – rich in Sherry, Fruits and Colour
Place both bowls in refrigerator to set over night
Place in refrigerator to set overnight or leave refrigerated as long as necessary before eating.
Activity for Today: Try "The Habits of an Optimist"
The "Habits of the Optimist" is one of the most popular part of my workshops on Optimism.
Through a magic animation, it's now an online course and available for free. It can take between 50 minutes and 50 years to complete.