My view from the pew: “God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If He gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.” ~ Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio)
And so it begins… But will it be a forced march or a refreshing winter stroll? I prefer the latter and make everything I do as much to that purpose as I can. For too many this becomes an expensive and exhausting rush to an inevitable and unnecessary disappointment.
It’s sad that so many of us have this all wrong… He has given us essentially four weeks when we could stroll through a colorful, shiney, spice-filled wonderland and let ourselves believe the illogical, achieve the impossible, share the improbable, smell the magnificent, and eat the most sumptuous. Or we can run till we’re weary, worry till we’re depressed, stress till we’re sick, shop till we drop and spend till we’re encumbered for months to come. Why?
It isn’t logical, healthy or rewarding to get that far out over our skis. Center…look inward with closed eyes…hear the music even though none may be playing… Breath deeply the cool, crisp December air and be aware you are doing it…Hug liberally, sing joyfully, eat deliciously and raise your glass to the season of it all!
Face it… Would you rather take a few months to shed the weight you took on joyfully or the debt you gathered under stress. Less is so much more… Simple is so much better… Joyful is so much more intentional.
Slow it down… Be present and purposeful… and make this Holiday season a casual stroll through a winter wonderland not a stress-filled race through a commercial gauntlet. And have a blessed day.