Merry Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Fröhliche Weihnachten; these are a very few versions of this greeting from around the world.
We are all surrounded by signs of the season to some degree right now depending on where you live in this “world of wonder”. Celebrations and practices vary depending upon culture, tradition, religion, societal expectation, demographic, personal preference, and so on.
Amidst all of the hustle and bustle, and trinkets and garland, and music and greetings, and gifts and gadgets, it is worthy of a deliberate “reflection” on the true meaning of Christmas. Many of the “lessons/morals of the story” we learn from movies and books, as well as the personal occurrences and those seen through social media or news sources depict the true meaning of Christmas in beautiful ways. Some of these include: a softening of the human spirit, a gentleness of the heart, genuine love and compassion, selfless generosity and sincere kindness towards others.
Christmas-time evokes a feeling of “magic” that cannot be explained. On a deeper level, it reminds us that faith in humanity, hope for peace, true human connection and world change is possible. This is comforting and encouraging to us in a world that quite often wants us to believe otherwise, isn’t it?
I encourage you to notice other people not only at this time of year, but as a daily practice. Acknowledge others, give compliments, volunteer, donate, do a good deed, and break down the “artificial barriers” and “judgements” that have been created. View people through the lens of kindness and keep the “magic” of this season alive throughout all your days. The amazing benefit of this is that it quite often costs nothing and is a special gift that you give not only someone else, but yourself! Consider it an “internal bonus from external action”. Keep it simple or go big, believe in yourself, live in gratitude, know that you can make a difference in the lives of others, and the “magic” will keep showing up and manifesting in the world exponentially!
Wishing each one of you out there in this awesome world………HAPPY (holi)DAYS and a “magical journey”.
In friendship, partnership & with sincere gratitude,
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”