This is my Holiday Greeting Card so pay attention!
. . . he wrote, amused by the overt slap he had just given everyone.
The holiday season, like every day in your life, is what you make of it. You have the choice to make it special or a time to be unhappy. I choose the former.
The best messages of the holiday season may help more than ever this year, so here are some of my favourites:
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens
“As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.” – Eric Sevareid
“Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; teach us to be patient and always be kind.” – Helen Steiner Rice
“He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.” – Charlotte Carpenter
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” – Hamilton Wright Mabie
“Christmas is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.” – Phillips Brooks
“Christmas is not a time or season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge
“Christmas is not as much about opening presents as opening our hearts.” – Janice Maeditere
“Do give books- religious or otherwise- for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.” – Lenore Hershey
“For the spirit of Christmas fulfills the greatest hunger of mankind.” – Loring A. Schuler
This one is perhaps the most needed now.
“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” – Oren Arnold
Is the glass half empty of half full? Either way there is only half of a glass, so top it up to the brim with cheer and read on. Yes, it is okay to augment your positivity with some artificial peace, love, joy, and goodwill . . . just don’t drive.
My “half full” view of the world works like this:
Recent world events have brought to the surface the best traits of mankind.
In the darkest places on Earth where the most inhuman acts occur, there are acts of selflessness and compassion which continue to shine through the bleakness. The media pays little attention to these stories as it appears to be in violation of their directive to sell fear and despair all year round.
In response to this, I have locked the cable box so only the fireplace channel, Christmas movies, and Christmas music stations can be played.
My “half empty” view looks like this:
Recent world events have also brought to the surface the worst traits of mankind.
There is sadness, hate, calls for retribution, racism, fear, paranoia, isolationist thinking, and divided opinion in most countries of the world. It has wormed its way into my circle of friends and even my family so I may choose to spend my time elsewhere this year.
In social media, I have fought many losing battles in an effort to bring balance and rationality to hotly debated issues. Apparently, rationality is not in high demand these days; lesson learned. It has left me drained emotionally and thoroughly disappointed in my fellow man.
When the going gets tough, strike out in an attempt to find people who are doing for others; whose hearts are full of joy. Staying home alone with the news won’t help you or the world.
Happy holidays to all, and to all a good night.