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Seasons Greetings – 2013

22 Dec

To all my readers, please accept my sincerest wishes for a joyous, peaceful, familial Holiday Season.

Each year at this time, I remind myself of the lyrics from the eternal John Lennon song, War Is Over;

“And so this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over and a new one has begun.”

Please join me in reflecting back on our deeds, thoughts and emotions of the last year and where necessary make adjustments in the forthcoming year.

Let us embrace the simple concept that giving is better than receiving. In doing so, we benefit not only the recipient, but also our own sense of self and self-worth.

Let us also use this Holiday Season to pause and be mindful for the New Year:


No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. (Voltaire)

My very best wishes that we may embrace this Holiday with joy and hope as the path of the forthcoming year begins to unfold.

I remain,


Sensei John Szmitkowski

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