All around us, people are hustling and bustling through their holiday rituals – shopping, eating, attending parties, spending time with loved ones, caroling, decorating – and the list goes on. But what if you just aren’t in the mood?
Maybe your loved ones aren’t close by, or you don’t subscribe to the rituals of shopping, eating, over-consuming on many levels. Some of you may have lost loved ones this past year. Some may be wondering about the world in general with current events around us that tell us folks aren’t getting along so well. Maybe your health isn’t so good, and it’s gotten you worried.
But come on! It’s Christmas! Or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Festivus! Get in the spirit for Pete’s Sake!
Well, I don’t want to. And maybe you don’t as well.
For me, I’ve been like this for several years now. It’s a combination of things – a grown-up son rather than little ones that love the presents(with a birthday the day after Christmas!), family that is now far away, a couple years of studying Eastern philosophies and a belief that all is impermanent, a dislike of consumerism and all who have to have the newest toys.
And finally, a belief that I HAVE ENOUGH! Here are the things I’m grateful for:
So please, buy me no gifts – I want for nothing. It would thrill me if we could all walk the path of peace, love, and happiness. If we laid down our weapons, whether they were of metal or plastic, or sharp tongues. If we worked to get along. My father used to tell me he didn’t want anything for Christmas, and I just didn’t get it. Well, now I do.
Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to all!