Do not worry so much about tomorrow that you miss out on the joys of today. So loosen up a little, put up your legs and enjoy the moment. Let yourself go a little, laugh a little. Do not let the unmet goals and the shameful disappointments poison the spirit if the moment. Laugh a little, sit around the table with family , loved ones and a few strangers, tell a silly joke about the shots you missed. Make silly faces, be a child a little. Laughter is good medicine.
We are grateful for another year full and complete with all its trials and triumph. We are thankful for another year full and complete with foes and friends. We are thankful for another year full and complete with burdens and blessings. We are thankful for another year full and complete with pain and pleasure. We are thankful for another year full and complete with grief and grace. We are thankful for another year full and complete with the burdens that dissipated and the blessings that percolated.
Come out if your shy closets and send a greeting card with a love note to that special someone that made all the difference. Don’t wait. Don’t say later. Don’t say after. Do it now. Let them know that when they called, they made all the difference. Let them know that when they stayed, they made all the difference. Let them know that just knowing they are here makes all the difference in the world. That they made the year shiny and they make today shinier and because of them this Christmas would be shiniest. Tell them how much they mean to you. Do it quickly. Do it now.
We count our blessings. We revisit the past months and the past year not with regret but with gratitude. With sober reflection we remember how we thrived and overcame. We look at our lives and we behold beautiful wrappings of silver over our tenacious resilience and victories. We laugh over past failures and in hind sight tag them our silly mistakes. We learn and now we can finally face the future with hope and reassurance.
This Christmas season remember to stay by the fire of sweet memories and recollected blessings. Then our hearts would be soft and supple enough to absorb the warmth of the other person’s love otherwise we would freeze with the crackling ice and whoosh past like the whistling winter storm.
We receive, we smile, we are grateful. But what’s most important is what we give; our smile, our gratitude. I know tangible gifts are a joy but intangible gifts are even a more lasting joy. So remember to smile, to hug and to say I’ve missed you. The joys of Christmas are the loves we share in many ways; the many simple ways that keep our hearts warm, tender and from freezing.