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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Are You Ready for This Day?

Do yourself a favor today and take a moment just for you, away from everyone and everything else. Away from the opened gifts and dirty dishes of the holiday meal...away from the glitz and glitter of the decorations in your home.

Sit back, relax and close your eyes. Tune out any noises from beyond your room, and shut down all of your other senses, if possible. Take a few deep breaths and clear your mind.

Clear your head by dropping thoughts from your brain. Forget about the stress of the season, the anxiety of all the shopping you had to do for everyone for whom you felt obligated to get gifts. Forget about these material things, both the gifts you received and the gifts you gave.

Forget about all the wrongs you believe someone did against you in the past year. Forget about the driver that cut you off in traffic; forget about the train conductor that made life inconvenient for you while you rode on his train; and forget about all the nasty calls you had to endure in the course of performing your daily work. In short, forget all the trials and tribulations you lived through during the last twelve months.

Instead, remember the good things that happened to you this year. Relive the major events in your mind: your birthday, an anniversary, or any special event that lifted your mood beyond the usual day-to-day stresses. Also remember those special moments when someone else did something nice for you, and yes, by all means, remember the good deeds you did for others.

Remember that each one of the people you know has contributed in some way to your life. This could be anyone: a spouse, children, parents, a friend, a lover, or even the pets that depend on you for their well being. You, in turn, have contributed to their lives. You are not the person you are today without their influence, and they are not the people they are without your guidance.

Remember all the gifts you get throughout the year do not always come wrapped in ribbons and shiny wrapping. Remember the gift of a rainy day; it may be gloomy, but it is enriching the earth. Remember that a sunny day can be unbearably hot, but it’s the sunshine that gives us the wonderful trees and beautiful flowers that we adore so much. Also remember that, while a snowy day can be bitterly cold, the snow itself should be appreciated for its beauty and tranquility.

Keep these thoughts in mind as you contemplate the wonder of today. Keep in mind that each one of us could use these thoughts not just today, but every day throughout the year. Keep in mind that tomorrow — the day after Christmas — I will embark on a campaign to drive humanity crazy by asking everyone I meet, “Are you ready for Christmas?”

Sorry, but all this talk about gifts and beauty and wonder and rain and sunshine was getting a bit mushy. I had to do something...

Anyway, seriously, please keep these thought in mind: Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Peace!


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