This is recycled from last year -- with a few changes...
I know. The holidays are here. Rushing here and there. Looking for just the right gift. Planning the big meal.
Lights and tinsel and food, oh my!
Before all that, however, let's slow down. Take a breath.
It's not about mass consumerism and delayed flights and, "Just one more slice of pie..."
Give me a moment. It won't take very long.
1) If you are traveling, I hope your trip goes well and you get there and back safe and sound.
If you are in the military (of any nation) and the holidays find you
far away, know that we are truly thankful for the sacrifices you make every day of the year.. Godspeed and I hope
you are with your loved ones very soon.
3) When you
are with your loved ones, hug them. Hug them again. Hug them harder.
You just never know when (or IF) you'll get that chance again.
3a) If there are children at your gathering, hold them, hug them, laugh and play a silly game with them. Watch the sparkle in their eyes. Let go. Be a kid again. The cold, hard world will still be there tomorrow.
4) If you are at odds with someone, extend the olive branch. Call. Write. E-mail. Send smoke signals. Try anything. Try everything. Try to make peace. Just try.
Never Forget: There are a great many people in need. Give what you can.
The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, your local homeless shelter, women's
shelter, your local food bank... all would appreciate whatever you can
give. Food, clothing, cash, doesn't matter. It all goes to improve
someone's life (and therefore the world) just a little bit.
Never Forget II: Our four legged friends need a hand, too. The local
Humane Society or SPCA can always use food or bedding for their
7) Eat, drink, and be merry!!! If you choose to enjoy a drink, don't drive. Please.
8) Laugh out loud. Do a silly dance. Let someone know just exactly how special they are to you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!!!