Brothers & Sisters,
I would like to wish you and your family a joyous holiday season. It is my hope that you can find it in your hearts and minds to slow down even just a little bit and appreciate everything that is around you over the next few days. Observe the smiles, the twinkling of a child’s eye as they open their gifts, and enjoy a hug from a loved one just a couple seconds longer.
Whether you believe in God, some other deity or nothing at all I think what we can agree on is that this time of year there is something spiritual and magical that brings us together, and puts a little more bounce in our step. If we look beyond the gift giving and the shopping (that can feel like drudgery at times) we can probably find that it all revolves around those that we care for and appreciate. That, to me, is the true meaning of the holiday season. Being able to cherish those extra moments with people we might not have seen in quite some time or just sharing a smile with those we see all the time. This is the season to lift up that neighbor you’ve been meaning to help or sit down a with loved one you’ve been telling “I’ll call you this week and we’ll do lunch”.
The truth is that for me, people can come in and out of my life and at times it feels like a revolving door but I have grown to accept that this is really what life is. At the end of the day and at the start of every morning you’re all in my prayers and whether we see each other tomorrow or next month you should know that my hope for you this holiday season extends much further than that.